bringing all of our senses to the present moment?
This past New Year’s Day, I awoke early in the morning, troubled by a strange thought. While my heart was filled with gratitude for the chance to embark on another year of life ahead, my brain reminded me that later this year, I would turn 44 years old.read more
There is a beautiful hush about this particular Monday, January 1, 2018. It is as though the whole world is re-evaluating itself and its life path. The highways and bi-ways were unusually spacious for a Northern California weekday. The sun seemed to have fallen into an afternoon nap, resting its rays on us with soft energy. Those who are out milling about are not in a hurry or rush. They smile more. Some even go so far as to greet me with “Happy New Year” even though we are passing strangers.read more
This coming Tuesday, November 28, is Giving Tuesday. It’s an opportunity to eschew some of the commercialism of our American holiday season, and spend your money, time, and resources “giving” to the social change organizations that are working tirelessly to make our world good through their mission and initiatives. I invite any of you who are reading this to consider giving to and getting to know an organization that I am proud to be on the board of, one who makes the kind of experiences I described above a reality — the Foundation for Sustainable Development.read more
I have been reading this morning with heartache of the fires burning all throughout Napa and Sonoma and Mendocino counties just an hour or so north of my Oakland home. I’m grasping at every article in my news feed. In one story, a set of “before and after” photos are juxtaposed showing the devastation brought on by the fires, a complete community in Santa Rosa wiped out. A woman comments below the story that in the photos she is witnessing at that moment the complete decimation of her childhood home, every memory she holds dear of that time and place in her life completely burned to the ground.read more