"I have always viewed Mother Nature as being synonymous with happiness. It is literally the center of all things ‘Life.’ If you took five minutes right now to step outside and be one with nature, you would experience thousands of things all at once: the subtlety of the earth breathing, the wind blowing onto your face, the sunshine warming your body, the birds tittering in your ears. It's all there, whether we notice it or not.
"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week. People want to be together in new and powerful ways. For all of the talk of division and schism in this country, there also is a galvanizing and unifying force that is bringing people together to work for social change in a way that feels somewhat unprecedented.
"...We all love our ghosts, but sometimes we can resent them too. For parents who lost mates and raised children without them, the ghost-mate sometimes looms larger in disembodied legend and longing than they might have if death had not taken them early.
"...Yes, a false start. Not a bad start, as I met some cool people and we shared belly laughs and writing tips. But also not a true start. Perhaps I needed to learn, for the umpteenth time, to honor my instincts, no matter what. I just need to pay as close attention to them as I do to the car's console, even if they don't flash red and orange and, at times, are as hard to discern as a faint pulse under a thick sweater...."
"It was shockingly warm for late October in Boston, and I decided to hold my college class outside, on the library's rooftop. There's something magical about that rooftop. On a clear day, sky, city, and sun are all visible, and students often settle into deep yet comfortable conversation as they savor the novelty of a different location.
"...I'm embarrassed that I hadn't seen Jacob until another volunteer focused me on him. When I did see him, Jacob reminded me of Winnie the Pooh's ‘Eeyore’ – withdrawn, shriveled, barely noticed, barely noticeable. He seemed veiled in a sadness so dark that, like a black hole, it seemed to cloak itself and him with it...."
"On the cusp of the secular new year I sat at my dining room table with three friends, a notepad and a handful of pens, and a tealight in a little dish. As the old year waned, we planned to write down some of the things we wanted to let go of, the baggage we didn't want to carry with us into the new year...."
"If you're an attentive listener it's likely you'll hear the word, faith everyday. Faith is a great word for poems and speeches, and for singing aloud in places of worship. But finding something in the word that's truly relevant, truly connected with our daily lives and our sense of the world around us, is difficult...."
"...It seems an odd and arbitrary celebration. After far too many drinks, we count down to the turning of the clock from December 31st to January 1st. We hug and kiss and then often drink some more. We look to 2017 with promise and hope, if but momentarily...."
"Certs Breath Mints used to advertise under the motto: It's two, two, two mints in one. Well, this post is actually three, three, three posts in one. I have no other way to hold together the competing emotions and thoughts that taken me over in the last 10 days as the United States abstained when the UN Security Council voted on a resolution regarding the legality of Israeli settlements in any West Bank/Judea and Samaria territory, including Jerusalem...."