The Real Work

The real work. I love that phrase. It’s resonated with me since the first time I heard it from the poet Gary Snyder in his poem The Maverick Bar. In the poem, he refers to getting back to the ‘real work that is to be done.’ From that point onward, I’ve meditated on, written about, and […]

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The Power Of “Fugg” No

I never read a book in two days. It just doesn’t happen.  Not since I was 16 and hung up on Jim Morrison biographies have I swallowed books whole like I did this one.  I usually abandon the books I read, or skip around chapters. I see nothing wrong with reading the forward and being done. […]

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Be the one you seek

“If you become the one you long for, what will you do with your longing?” -Rumi Oh Rumi! what the hell do you mean? I think he’s being rhetorical, as if asking, “What if you are the only one you seek and the only one to seek?” I think, Rumi tells us, that when you […]

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How To Acknowledge Grief

Go ahead, acknowledge that person whom you care about, and their grief. You have had experience with grief too, so you know the pain. You can offer your hand, your clumsy platitudes, deep heart to heart hugs, and perhaps a cup of something nourishing or something symbolic to pass around. Yet at some point you […]

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Breathe Into Your Balls

You want to become the strongest version of yourself. We all do. I do. That’s why I’m writing this today. When I reflect on the semantics of “becom(ing) the strongest version of yourself” it sounds so linear. K-12 public school might be linear. Nothing else is linear. Like I could chart it on a graph or […]

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