I feel stupid confessing this, but I was slightly freaked out by Europe. We came back last month from eleven days in Rome and Greece, and while I was prepared for the trip, many silly things deeply worried me. For example, the electrical outlets--two little holes? And their electricity is "different" than American/Canadian electricity? Isn't … Continue reading The world isn’t what you think it is, and why should it be?
Ideally, our elected politicians solve the problems WE, THE PEOPLE assign them. Ideally, politicians are OUR employees, working for OUR communities' greater good. Invariably, politicians forget that when they get a little power, and will do whatever serves their futures, not ours. There's no wound they won't reopen, no minor issue they won't distort, and … Continue reading The purpose of politics: not what we, the people, think.
With so many in the US calling for "fairness" and for the government to ensure (enforce?) that fairness, we have forgotten that creating equity and caring for the poor is already within our power. We each can balance the world correctly. In fact, we're the only ones who can. There's nothing stopping me or you. … Continue reading You already have the power to balance your corner of the world
Last week Senator Diane Feinstein tried to shame a judicial nominee, Amy Barrett, law a professor at Notre Dame and a Catholic mother of seven children, for her religiosity. Feinstein said, “the dogma lives loudly within you.” It was meant as an accusation for Barrett's devotion to her religion. But I can’t imagine great praise … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?
What if, instead of worrying about the world and its expectations, we focused on only a couple of key items and let the rest of world just . . . go on its way? Think about that: maybe there’s only a handful of things we really need to worry about, and as for the millions … Continue reading What if we just quit bothering with the world? The easiness of essentialism.
In a quest for a more peaceful existence (I really wish I could live in the world of Books 5 and 6 of my series), I’ve been eliminating that which causes undue stress. No, I’m not abandoning my house or nine children, but I’ve been thinking about my dad, how he was the most calm, … Continue reading Don’t care what the world thinks: 7 steps in the pursuit of peace!
Just as you can learn a lot about a person by what they laugh at, so too can you understand their character by what entertains them. What one watches, reads, puts up on their walls, and pours into their minds will tell you a lot more about someone than what comes out of their mouth. … Continue reading Book 6 teaser–What do you find entertaining?
My friend “Sally” has a brother who openly belittles her for being “blindly obedient” to her religion. Privately, Sally struggles to think more charitably of “John” who she thinks is a jerk. One summer their parents invited Sally’s family and John’s family to share their condo at the beach. They agreed until they found out—too … Continue reading How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not