Sparks of Light

Young male holding a globe reflecting sparks of light, with huge sparks of light in the background

"Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we're so deeply interconnected with one another."                                 ∼ Ram Dass During the aberrant quietness of shelter in place, I've reflected more deeply on this statement and how our thoughts and actions …

Xing Out Holiday eXpectations

Christmas shopping list replaces expectations with gratitude

Want to have happier holidays? Give up eXpectations. Cross them right off the list and out of your mind. Tell yourself you are going to be open and grateful for whatever comes along. Play the game of life and look for the gift. No, not the ones tied with pretty bows sitting under the tree …

Some (not so) Squirrelly Advice for Pleasant Holidays

Mixed Nuts What do you think about when you think about squirrels?  Ravaged bird feeders?  Acrobatic acts?  Rabies?  The park?  Nuts?  Well, yes, nuts.  That also comes to mind when I think about the December holidays. Not just the type of nuts we eat --- like roasted chestnuts, walnuts on that sumptuous apple pie, or …

Feeling Awkward Around Young Kids?

Reading a snippet about feeling awkward around kids reaffirmed there is nothing wrong with those who feel uncomfortable around children.   Perhaps you have no experience with kids.  Does your gut groan around pre-adolescents...looking for what to say?  Have you purposely chosen to not father children but instead protectively care for plants, pets, or a …

Come Together

I've just returned from a smooth jazz festival in Cancun.  Based on the line-up, I knew the music would be excellent but I hadn't counted on it raining every day.   This could have ruined a beach vacation but instead restored my hope in humankind. Moving the outdoor stage indoors due to the rain created extremely …