The Sixties: maybe we saw too much

Watching the CNN series on The Sixties, I wasn’t surprised that an entire two-hour episode was devoted to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I’ve seen so many programs on this in the 50+ years since ....more

Benefits of emotional pain

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The dog days of summer

It was a hot summer day on Santana Row in San Jose when we encountered this motley crew of dogs hanging out together with their owners and walker. Big and beautiful. You can tell how hot it was by the way their tongues are hanging out ....more

Open every door

I open every door. This has been pinned up in my office for more than a decade....more

False modesty, self-esteem + knowing yourself

One of our friends is famous. Oh, you won’t know his name, but if you worked in the highly esoteric field in which he works, you would. He is known for his huge brain and accomplisments in a field in which I am clueless....more

Why bloggers fail (and how not to)

There’s a reason this is called Crapcha. Comments are blogger gold, we’re told. It’s good to engage readers in dialogue ....more

Is seeing believing?

Some things must be believed before they can be seen. We’re used to the way science usually works: We see it, then we believe it. We’ve all heard that seeing is believing ....more

Fight the stigma of depression and mental illness

Whether you know it or not, mental illness has touched your life. Someone in your circle has a mental illness. You may not know it, but they do ....more

Pray that peace take root in our troubled world

Pray for Peace I must interrupt regularly scheduled programming because the world has gone mad once again and terrorists of all flavors are running rampant, many in the name of religion. Children are being beheaded. People are being buried alive....more

Buddha says “Tilt your head back and laugh at the sky”

The Buddha sits in our back garden, presiding over the hummingbirds, butterflies, lizards and yes, even little Riley. Buddha means awakened one or enlightened one. And although he lived some time between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE, the wisdom of the Buddha...more