Tree Bark

My Favorite Tree, and How It Reminds Me Of You

The first time I saw the old tree, I felt sorry for it. Obviously once a hulking, massive specimen, now it's buckled and broken and bowed to the ground. If you can imagine a tree with a trunk so wide that it would take two (or more) people with arms outstretched to reach all the … Continue reading My Favorite Tree, and How It Reminds Me Of You

#DavosSafe, Living Like Billionaires

Last week, billionaires from around the world flew their sleek private jets to Davos – an Alpine town now synonymous with the annual gathering of the wealthiest of the wealthy. In fact, you might not even know that "Davos," as it is routinely called, is really the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting. It is. And … Continue reading #DavosSafe, Living Like Billionaires

Your Feet Are in the Place Where History is Made: the Story of Tracy Sugarman

Most young people, most middle-aged people, most old people do not stand up. But there will be a fraction who will . . . and their having done it changes everything. ~ Tracy Sugarman No one who went to Mississippi in 1964 returned the same. I came home from the dusty roads of the Delta … Continue reading Your Feet Are in the Place Where History is Made: the Story of Tracy Sugarman

It Was An Attempted Coup, or, You Have To See the Whole Picture

Sometimes you're just too close to something to see it clearly. To see it for what it really is. It's like you've got your face pressed to it, and all you can see is the small points. The things you want to see. ~Scott Snyder Sometimes when you're too close to something, it's hard to … Continue reading It Was An Attempted Coup, or, You Have To See the Whole Picture

Life Demands Meaning: Motivation and Moving Into 2023

What is to give light must endure burning. ~Viktor Frankl Every New Year I remember the remarkable story of a promising young psychotherapist named Viktor Frankl. It was WWII. He was jewish. And he refused an opportunity to escape the Nazis. He had obtained a passport – a golden ticket that would save his life and … Continue reading Life Demands Meaning: Motivation and Moving Into 2023

We Have the Tools. Why Aren’t We Using Them?

If you've ever lived in – or even visited – a century-old apartment building, you know that at this time of year they can be unbearably hot. The radiators in those old buildings kick off an impressive amount of heat. The best relief is often to throw open a window or two. And that makes … Continue reading We Have the Tools. Why Aren’t We Using Them?

Season’s Greetings … From My Garden

Knowing this would be another consequential week ... I spent the weekend gardening. Gardening is perhaps not the right term for it. It was more like frantically planting the 18 pounds of bulbs that I purchased before the ground freezes in the impending Polar Vortex. But, even though there's too much work awaiting me, and … Continue reading Season’s Greetings … From My Garden

How Laughter Helps You Take Control Over the Uncontrollable (Holiday Edition)

“If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.” ~Prof. Greg Scott “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” ~Charlie Chaplin Here we are, in the thick of the holiday season. It’s that time to be happy, and cheerful, and sing-songy and chipper. Right? Right? Well, … Continue reading How Laughter Helps You Take Control Over the Uncontrollable (Holiday Edition)

Coming to Terms With Change

We’re having a hard time coming to terms with what we’re dealing with here. This is a great power conflict, the third great power conflict in the European space in a little over a century. It’s the end of the existing world order. Our world is not going to be the same as it was … Continue reading Coming to Terms With Change

Bah, Humbug: the Power of Giving

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men … Continue reading Bah, Humbug: the Power of Giving