Today, each of us lives in the epicenter of a dynamic, surreal tension between the forces of tremendous potential and forces that could extinguish our species and render Earth uninhabitable for most life forms. And regardless of how these forces play out on a historical continuum, the one certainty for every individual is death. Our […]


May 8, 2021: Reflections on Kindness, Compassion, Joy, & Equanimity

Some quick definitions of what Buddhist teaching calls the “4 Immeasurable or Limitless Qualities”: Loving-kindness: goodwill and friendliness towards all Compassion: the desire to relieve others’ suffering Sympathetic Joy: rejoicing in others’ happiness and well-being Equanimity: experiencing limitless benevolence towards all beings May 8, 2021 Equanimity I’m increasingly grappling with the realities of my physical […]


Mindfulness, Learning, Storytelling: Interrelationships

As I’ve continued to grow and learn, as I’ve thrived and stumbled through various experiences and seasons of life, I’ve noticed that three practices in particular are the most powerful, transformative, and relevant for meaningful living and careers, in the face of both possibilities and threats.  Mindfulness is the practice of giving full attention to […]


Book Review: We Were Eight Years in Power

“We were eight years in power,” said South Carolina congressman Thomas Miller in 1895, as white politicians, falsely accusing Reconstruction’s Black leadership of corruption and incompetency, passed new laws that fully restored white supremacy. “We had built schoolhouses, established charitable institutions, built and maintained the penitentiary system, provided for the education of the deaf and […]

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Love and Rage

Love and Rage: the twin oaks that live and branch within me and have done so for five decades. Love that expresses itself with the transparency of a glass of fresh water. Rage that bubbles up like a volcano reemerging from its long, cold slumber. I’m grateful for the former and fearful of the latter, […]

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Reflections at 52

I turned 52 today. It’s kind of a strange, surreal number. Like many of you I feel “younger” inside. I’m not sure how much younger in particular, but I recognize familiar perspectives and instincts that have been with me for as long as I can remember. My ongoing personal growth and healing work is showing […]

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