I loved this the moment I saw it because it recognizes the human condition for most of us. Grounded in the tangible world around us, while recognizing the no-limits nature of the sky above--whether it's opportunity just waiting to be taken or spirituality--and that burning desire to do something to . . .
Do you ever wonder how many people think about making the most of their life? Of living fully and completely, in every sense of the word? Some seem to do this naturally, while others struggle. At school the other day, I had an epiphany. Our mentor and I were getting coffee in the school kitchen . . .
If you visit here regularly, you know I'm a believer in the science that shows cannabis is good medicine. It seems odd to refer to science as having "believers," as if it were some weird cult. Of course, in today's alternate universe, science has become a strange cult instead of the empirically . . .
If you're lucky, your parents instilled lessons about how to be a good human. And if you're super-lucky, the lessons stuck. But in case they didn't, here are my tips on how to be a good human. Because we sure do need more good humans around here. Right? Be there. Being present with your friends, . . .
One of the things I find so interesting about social media is the close up and personal view they provide of human behavior...in its rawest form. It's surprising how unguarded people are about what they post. It's as if they don't understand how much of themselves they reveal. And here's what . . .
Got a question for you. I was chatting online with a friend last week about how busy I was preparing for the launch of my new business, when he asked me this: "Can't you just be a happy retired person?" He's super-happy in his retirement. He rides his motorcycle or bike, spends a couple hours a . . .
My life has always been full of surprises. The unexpected. Love and betrayal. Family crazies. Friendships gained and lost. Your life's probably been the same. Because that's what life is. It's full of surprises. Today I'm at Stanford Hospital, where my husband is having a three-hour surgery. We . . .
When we think something is "hard to believe" it's usually because it doesn't fit our existing paradigm of the world. Most of us are wedded to our view of how things are: it's how we make sense of the world around us. Ideas that don't fit our orderly view are easily scoffed at. I've noticed that one . . .
I don't know about you, but the tension pervading every corner of this nation since The Election weighs heavily on me. Maybe you feel the same way. Because 45 and his craziness have generated a whole lot of stress. It's important that we not let all the negativity and tension drag us down. Which . . .
I know there are people who think we are born, live and upon death, fade to black. Period. End of story. I'm not one of them. It makes no sense that the this entire complicated system would be set up for...nothing. So why are we here? It's really pretty simple, in my view. We are here to . . .
When a friend told me the other day that something was "impossible" I was completely taken aback. Because most of the time, the concept of impossible exists only in our minds. It's a self-limiting belief. If we think it's impossible, it IS. For us, anyway. And that belief keeps us from living . . .
No matter how with-it we think we are, there's no question that aging has effects on our bodies and our minds. Cognitively, we're not as sharp as we were when we were younger. That's just a fact. It may take more time to process information, our memories lag a bit and in general, learning can be . . .
"Not every tear in the fabric of civility opens a path to Auschwitz but that civilization is immeasurably fragile, and is easily turned to brutality and barbarism. The human capacity for hatred is terrifying in its volatility." ~Adam Gopnik/The New Yorker This part of a story I read in The New . . .
The outrage and upset all over social media reflect the complete frustration many feel about the current state of the nation and the absolute loony-tunes who is "running" our country. Feeling otherwise powerless, many are calling, writing, emailing, signing, all in the hope of helping minimize the . . .
NOTHING REALLY CHANGES, DOES IT? The Republican Party obsession with birth control and abortion reminded Meryl Baier of Six Decades of Counting that, as a history major, one thing you learn is that some things never change. Including human behavior. Birth control has been a Concern/obsession of . . .
Spring is around the corner and that means summer is coming, and so is the need for cool, refreshing appetizers that taste great and look so pretty. Ok, ok, I'm pushing the season. But I had this shrimp-pineapple appetizer when I was in Antigua last month and it was so darn delicious and simple . . .
Some people aren't going to like this because it's not simple. Sometimes, nuances in this kind of discussion are hard to see, especially when most readers gloss over them. In fact, I once lost someone I thought was a friend because they didn't get my political nuances. Of course, I thought they got . . .
The world of senior citizens --65 and over-- is a strange thing to behold, now that I'm a member of that tribe. Aging ain't for the faint of heart and one of the most puzzling things I've seen is how denial plays into it. I think it's an artifact of our Boomer generation, too; the seniors I've . . .
Life can be a tricky bitch and it's never been more true on a national and global basis than it is today. But more than that, it's true on a personal level. Because bad shiz happens on that level, too. Like I said, life is tricky. Which is why it's so important to stay in your magic. What's your . . .
It was a starlit Valentine's night and we were in the Caribbean with friends. Romance was in the air. On the palm-tree enclosed patio, candles twinkled atop small dinner tables covered with red and white cloths that had been sprinkled with tiny red and silver hearts. We drank champagne that tasted . . .