Silent Mentors

The traditional approach to excelling at anything involves learning from someone who’s where you want to be. If it’s a creative goal, it’s from those who’ve achieved success and share expertise through explanatory mediums or via their work. In past times, one gained a skill or craft by apprenticing with...

Stretching Just Beyond

Just beyond yourself.It’s where you need to be. – David Whyte, opening lines to Just Beyond Yourself poem from The Bell and The Blackbird book One of my previous doctors had a few clever phrases on the secret of life: Motion is lotion.Flexibility is the fountain of youth. Clearly, movement...

False Alarms

These are odd times (not exactly news, I realize) when every brief pang of pain or off-feeling stirs up thinking “Oh my…do I have IT?” Whether it’s flaring allergies with a little sore throat, or maybe a bit of a flush feeling, or just overall achiness and malaise, we’re on...

Differences

Just as what is considered rational or irrational differs for each person, in the same way what is good or evil and useful or useless differs for each person. — Epictetus A classic definition describes character as “traits that form the individual nature or some person or thing,” or my...

The War

It may seem odd or grim that I’ve been binging on World War II documentaries lately. The first few were true documentary series with film footage from the time across many episodes and mostly focused on the Pacific theatre of war. The current HBO MAX 10-episode mini-series, The Pacific, is...

Late-Late-Mid-Life Crisis

I’m well past that infamous moment in a man’s life where he suddenly buys a red convertible, or a fancy watch or laptop he doesn’t really need, or dyes his hair dark again and sudden appears in public with a much-younger woman on his arm. No, I’m beyond those impulsive...

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