The best of us. The worst of us.

It was Memorial Day 2009, and President Barack Obama spoke: “If the fallen could speak to us, what would they say? Would they console us? Perhaps they might say that while they could not know they’d be called upon to storm a beach through a hail of gunfire, they were willing to give up everything … Continue reading The best of us. The worst of us.

(Un)Learning to Quit

It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness, and a mood of helplessness prevail. ~Lech Walesa Learned Helplessness: noun. A condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. It is thought to be one of the underlying causes of depression. … Continue reading (Un)Learning to Quit

The gift of a day

Don't just count your years. Make your years count. ~George Meredith Tomorrow is my son's birthday. He'll be eight. That means that eight years ago I was terribly uncomfortable, wondering when everything was going to change (the uncertainty was the worst). Now, eight years later, I am again terribly uncomfortable, wondering when everything is going … Continue reading The gift of a day

The Before or the After

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard may be; for without victory there is no survival. ~Winston Churchill This should be a world where we recognize that we are all connected, where we act in solidarity in times of crisis. ~Jonathan Reckford I was looking … Continue reading The Before or the After

Our Collective Weight

It’s a bit like these two donkeys are walking along the bridge, and one of them doesn’t have anything on his back and the other one is covered with packages and bales and bundles. The first donkey says, “Jesus, that’s quite a load you got on.” And the second donkey says, “What load?” You get … Continue reading Our Collective Weight

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Dedicated People

*Image Ann Popkin, Boston Globe Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead First, a message: Friends, we're all trying to get through this time in our own ways. It's not easy for any of us. I've been telling … Continue reading Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Dedicated People

A Glimmer of Light?

Out of adversity, comes opportunity. ~Benjamin Franklin Over the past month, many of us have worked from home. Many others have sacrificed their health and safety to keep the wheels of our society turning, however slowly. We've learned some surprising and valuable lessons. Our actions really are killing the environment, after all. Our healthcare system … Continue reading A Glimmer of Light?

We’ll Be Alright. We Aren’t Now. That’s Okay.

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. ~C.S. Lewis Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. ~Arthur Schopenhauer Every Tuesday over the last three years, I've sat down at this computer to put to words what's in my heart. Sometimes it's cathartic. Sometimes it's just reflective … Continue reading We’ll Be Alright. We Aren’t Now. That’s Okay.

Choosing What We Can

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~Thich Nhat Hanh Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow … Continue reading Choosing What We Can

Standing Together – Six Feet Apart

[C]ourage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own. ~Michelle Obama There's ... a lot going on these days. But, as has become commonplace in this era, our community of do-ers has risen to the moment. Sewers craft face masks for themselves and for health care providers. Teachers host class … Continue reading Standing Together – Six Feet Apart