Thriving: A Good Hub of a Word

Themes for the New Year abound.   Commitment, focus, discipline, simplicity, gratitude, service...there are many ways to frame a reorientation of living.  Here's the one I've settled on as a hub for the work of my various writing platforms. Thrive. Funny word, thrive.  Makes me think of "hive."  Which leads me to images of buzzing …

Gratitude as Spiritual Practice

Gratitude as spiritual practice can be tricky.  It's a bit like trying to help actors understand the difference in thinking about doing something or pretending to do something, and actually doing something. What are we truly grateful for? For me, gratitude is extremely powerful when you come to the place of awareness where your eyes …

How to Stay Astonished in Five Simple Steps

How's the old Kathy Mattea song go?   "Standing knee deep in a river, and dying of thirst." My wife puts up with me, but it has to be annoying. "Isn't it funny that we ingest food," I say.   Or, "It's so strange that we have these orbs in the front of our heads …

Reflecting on Father’s Day

I am a father. It was hard to believe then, and it's hard to believe now.  Life is a miracle.  I've seen it come and go.  As I once looked to my father, gone now some 23 years, my kids now look to me. They've exited the house, and it's quieter now.  No more sudden …

On the Occasion of a Son Turning 21

He's always been a surprise. Not that the expectation for something special wasn't there, but who this young boy I played catch with would become just wasn't on my radar.  The music piece, in a generic sense, didn't surprise me; we've got singers in the family--some good ones (My uncle, closer in age to a …

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