Are You Stuck In Shades of Gray (And Black)?


Are you stuck in the land of sadness? Do you always come back to this all-too-familiar place, no matter what you do to get out? Surprisingly, I’ve found very little in the annals of Psychology relating to prolonged periods of sadness besides labeling these states as some variation of depression. It may be called ClinicalContinue reading “Are You Stuck In Shades of Gray (And Black)?”

The Next Step


The next step isn’t always clear. What an understatement. Motivated people always know where they are going, the voice in my head tells me. Nope. Wrong. Turns out we all must live with uncertainty. Talking to others more than I have in the past has served to underline this truth of daily existence. Uncertainty isContinue reading “The Next Step”

What Lies Deep Within?


Go beyond the mundane mutterings of mind I tell myself Into a broader perspective Into a deeper reservoir of peace and love within Dive Explore I tell myself It’s there It is really there Deep within I’m told there is no end to the depths Yet, here I am Standing on the shore Barely scratchingContinue reading “What Lies Deep Within?”

What Would Happen If We Made Life Simpler and Less Difficult?


To say there is a lot going on these days is an understatement. To say most of it is very troubling will not shock anyone. To ask, “What can I do about it?” is a worthwhile question. Can I trust politicians in this country, Republican or Democrat, to protect me? No. Can I change theContinue reading “What Would Happen If We Made Life Simpler and Less Difficult?”

Jet Propelled


I downloaded this image randomly because I had no idea what to write about. Let’s see if we can have some fun with wordplay. Airplanes have always interested me. They still do, as long as I don’t have to ride in coach. I used to make model planes as a kid. I only made theContinue reading “Jet Propelled”

Money is Good (Happiness Too)


I’m taking a ten-week online course about awakening to consciousness. One of the teachers in the course made some statements in a video about money and happiness that irritated me to the bone. The teacher said, in effect, that the pursuit of happiness and money in our culture is the cause of many of theContinue reading “Money is Good (Happiness Too)”

Where Does Peace Begin?


I am constantly amazed that people wander around all day staring into their smart phones, as if these devices somehow magically fulfill all of their needs except possibly eating and procreating. Before we continue, let me assure you of a few things, gentle reader. Despite a lack of addiction to my iPhone, I am fairlyContinue reading “Where Does Peace Begin?”

Is there a Silver Lining to Corona?


Can there be an upside to something as horrible as the Coronavirus? Well, maybe. While I (we) can’t ignore the tragedies and hardships CV has visited upon so many of us, I think it helps to realize there have also been benefits that will accrue to everyone who makes it through these troubling times. WeContinue reading “Is there a Silver Lining to Corona?”

Parenting: Instructions Not Included


I had a good childhood compared to what kids are going through these days in a complex, ultra-competitive world. There was one weird thing about my upbringing, however, that I’ll always remember. I feel it bears mentioning because it’s something that parents can easily forget, even though it’s so obvious.  I’m talking about the simpleContinue reading “Parenting: Instructions Not Included”

Towards an Unshakable Foundation of Peace


What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.