Brené Brown on Empathy

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015
Brené Brown on Empathy

This reminds me so much of Mom it hurts, until I smile inside, realizing how lucky I am to have come from her and to know her. She was the most empathetic person I’ve met and not just towards me. She never shared videos about being empathetic, nor did she talk about it. She just […]

Police Are Like a Box of Chocolates

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015
Police Are Like a Box of Chocolates

Not my work, but too perfect not to share. Now, can anyone explain how this situation was handled reasonably, or how the end result should not be any different? Reading up on this topic, I came across an upcoming documentary titled Of Dogs and Men that explains the systematic, unapologetic killing of pets by US […]

Our Nuclear War

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015
Our Nuclear War

Seventy years ago today, even after leaders knew the war was won, roughly 50,000 innocent people died instantly at the hands of the US military. In the following months, roughly 100,000 additional humans suffered prolonged, gruesome deaths in Hiroshima, and tens of thousands more would die similarly in Nagasaki. If we are to consider our […]

The Hunt for Walter Palmer

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015
The Hunt for Walter Palmer

And like a poached lion, Walter Palmer has discovered himself trapped by better-equipped forces, singled out into the open. Let me first clarify that in no way do I wish Walter a long traumatic death – followed, perhaps, by routine skinning and decapitation – or any sort of violence on him at all, and I […]

Add “Emanuel”, or “Charleston”, or “____” to the List

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015
Add “Emanuel”, or “Charleston”, or “____” to the List

The Five Ws of tragedy will change, but little else will – that is, until we recognize our connection to all tragedies and change our beliefs and behaviors accordingly. To respect men but not women. To side with one race but not others. To embrace love but not for everyone. To pray for Charleston but […]

The Wire, Revisited

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015
The Wire, Revisited

Regarding Baltimore, here’s David Simon, the mastermind behind HBO’s The Wire, talking about America at a conference in Australia in 2013. The conference being “The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas”. In referencing “the brick”, Simon, in essence, predicts the Baltimore riots two years before they happen. (His speech is 25 minutes; a Q & […]

Eulogy for Jane Rule

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015
Eulogy for Jane Rule

Thank you all for being here, and thank you to all of those who’ve helped make this possible.  Mom knew many of you personally, therefore you have some guess as to how much she loved you. I’m sure she loved you more than you know. Also – I can say with absolute confidence – that for those of […]

On My Mother’s Passing

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014
On My Mother’s Passing

To clarify recent events, Mom passed away on Tuesday around 5:30 AM. Having now witnessed the passing of my two best friends, I can attest to “a peaceful death” being a misleading notion, though I can state, thankfully, that in her final moments I do not believe she suffered consciously. For Mom, eight years of […]

Election Day 2014

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014
Election Day 2014

This sums up US politics rather nicely. Polls showing 90% of residents in favor of said initiative. A casino billionaire from another state finances 85% of counter-campaign. Referendum garners only 58% of vote, just failing to meet the state’s arbitrary “super-majority” of 60%. All for an initiative to expand the comfort of dying people. The […]

Give ‘Em Hugs While You Can

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014
Give ‘Em Hugs While You Can

Stink was trampled by a horse on Saturday night – it just happened out of nowhere, as horrible accidents often do. Despite the shock, and all the howling and pain, he managed to survive, and I’m thrilled, to put it mildly, that he’s suffered only a bad limp. We’re learning and we’re lucky – we […]