The Beauty of Realistic Thinking

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. -William Arthur WardI've always considered myself an optimist--a great believer that things will work out for the best, that people will do the "right" thing, that there is good to be found in every nook and cranny of…

Summer Notes on Summer Impressions

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be…

Miles from Mother’s Day

If it is your natureto be happyyou will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imaginationalighting everywhere. And if your spiritcarries within it the thornthat is heavier than lead ---if it's all you can doto keep on trudging --- -Mary Oliver ("Morning Poem")Living thousands of miles away isn't always easy, especially on holidays.…

Not Your Average Pancake

One sentence ends and another always begins, though not always in the place the last one left off, not always continuous with the old conditions. -Nicole Krauss (Great House)While I've never been the biggest Valentine's Day fan around, I do like celebrating holidays--and especially ones that lead to massive cuts in chocolate prices at drugstores…

Big Fish, Little Fish

When it's over, I want to say: all my lifeI was a bride married to amazement.I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.-Mary Oliver ("When Death Comes")Despite not being a poetry person, when I heard these words after Monday evening's intense front- and back-bend-themed yoga class (yes, *ouch*), they stuck with me. Probably…

School for Fools

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. -Albert Einstein A sad but true fact: I am a delinquent blogger. Or perhaps a better way of putting it is that, since classes started, I've allowed myself to become a delinquent blogger. But, you know, it's complicated; even without seminars, there's a lot on…