Category Archives: resilience

A Crazy Thought

Last week we met my cousins Larry and Janine for lunch in Carlsbad. Janine is consistently my biggest blogging cheerleader. For so many years, I blogged every Monday and the words became a story she followed with the ever encouraging … Continue reading

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This is Me

This is me. This is me coming out of the Cave of Confusion where I’ve been seeking words. This is me feeling this from you, too. This is me feeling the three cycles colliding as never before: the Cycle of Human … Continue reading

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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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Hope For Our Babies: #LetsDoThis

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.                              Margaret Meade I … Continue reading

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Resilience in the Face of Suicide and Trauma

I have had a powerful week of taking in stories of resilience for my new documentary project. The hottest pain point I can imagine in dealing with children’s mental health is losing a child so desperate to relieve the pain of … 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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Death as the Beacon of Life

The key to the conquest of death is to find out who you are. Deepak Chopra I’ve spent the last few weeks working on my eulogy. I’ve come to one conclusion: this is one of the best exercises for framing … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mr. Woodman’s Music

Alex Woodman was my son’s favorite teacher. A few weeks ago, he died suddenly at 59.  It’s taken time to process, for me and for the whole community. There are no words to describe this man, but because he loved stories, and words … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Pack

We are getting a new puppy mid-June named Kai. He is a yellow labrador retriever. His momma, Reece, was friends with our beautiful Ms. Bay who passed last January. When we found out Reece was going to have puppies, we … Continue reading

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