Category Archives: healthy living

When Things Get Tough

A student asked, “When times of great difficulty visit us, how should we meet them? The teacher said, “Welcome.” An essay by John Tarrant, Roshi, director of the Pacific Zen Institute, calls this an ancient koan suitable for our time. He says In hard … Continue reading

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Revisiting Amador-able

Last year around this time, Mike and I grabbed a handful of friends and hit up the California wine region of Amador County, a little pocket of gold country east of Sacramento.           This year, we weren’t planning … Continue reading

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Falling in Love

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus I love this time of year in Nor-Nor Cal. The 110 degree days slip away slowly, sheepishly sliding into the 90s. The oaks let go of their first … Continue reading

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Team Dream

Do you ever have an experience that gives you so much hope and inspiration about what humanity could pull off if it only focused on what’s important? Three days ago I had just that experience. Since I was very young, I’ve … Continue reading

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Beyond the Classroom

Yesterday my youngest son returned from his first trip outside the United States. He went to Europe with his AP History teacher and 25 classmates. He stood in the concentration camps in Germany, a deeply powerful experience he wasn’t sure he … Continue reading

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There Are No Others: Thoughts on Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the Dallas Police Officers

What will it take to believe it? On weeks like this one that just passed, I feel emotionally raw. The killing. All of it. Being against being. It fills me with pain. For Alton’s family. For Philando’s family. For all … Continue reading

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Jordan Weil Goes to Boys State 2016

When Jordan was invited by his high school to apply for the 2016 Boys State, we had never heard of this program. We soon learned it is put on by The American Legion. After sitting through the Inaugural Ceremony Awards … Continue reading

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Team Tolerant

I sit here brokenhearted. Just after last call this morning, the most deadly shooting in US history…50 killed, 53 hospitalized (so far) at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub. My husband saw the news on his feed as he waited in the car … Continue reading

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Friending Change

Part of being alive and in the world means you can count on one thing: things are always changing. We look to creation and we agree, whichever paradigm we follow, that things are quite different today than they were 5,000 … Continue reading

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Are You a Bucket Filler or a Bucket Emptier?

Last week, my son came home from school and, in an effort to shift the conversation from performance-based learning to intrinsic love for learning, I asked him what he learned about today. Instead of pulling an example from high school curriculum, … Continue reading

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