The Plagued Parent

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Month: January 2015

A Gift

Since joining the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion initiative I have been thinking about compassion a lot. Why do we have to “Speak Up for Compassion?” Shouldn’t we all just practice it on a daily basis? Doesn’t it just go along with the things we are taught as a child, like to be kind, share […]

What is your blueprint?

In a speech given in Philadelphia six months before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr addressed high school students saying, “Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint….doors are opening to you […]

You just don’t get it, man.

A week or two ago I was in the car listening to Howard Stern’s best of 2014 interview show. He rebroadcast a segment with actor, musician and producer Jeff Bridges. I have always liked Bridges’ films and enjoyed his 2013 book The Dude and the Zen Master.  Bridges has been married to his wife Susan for […]

Looking vs. Seeing

In any give day we look at a great many thing, but what do we actually see?  In a number of my classes I offer the novel Blindness (1997) by Portuguese writer Jose Saramago. One of my favorite books, the novel’s action centers on a city that gradually goes blind with the exception of one character referred to […]

What to do with 2015?

In a recent article considering New Year’s resolutions, Professor of Psychology Peter Gollwitze, a expert in the psychology of goal-setting found “that sharing personal resolutions publicly can actually decrease motivation and success”. Gollwitzer goes on to suggest that this can result in something researchers call the “intention-behavior gap,” or “the tendency for people who are […]

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