Another Kind of Diversity

There are many kinds of diversity we have been attempting to appreciate and honor in recent years. First, we have racial diversity, whose challenges and ramifications we are often painfully aware. Then there is the diversity of lifeforms on our planet, including animals and plants of all types as well as the elemental forces of […]

Our Secret Stories

Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and author who was one of the youngest writers to win the Booker Prize in 1991 for his novel The Famished Road. I recently finished reading this book and it now numbers among my all-time favorites and so I poked around YouTube searching for an interview with him. And […]

The Rich Diversity of You and Us

You are unique – there has been nobody like you ever before and there will be no one quite like you ever again. So take a minute (or a few) to rejoice in you. Love yourself completely just as you are with all your (apparent) imperfections and maladies and quirks. This is part of your […]

TRIPLE NEW TIMES

I know our official New Year already happened on January first, but there are several other kinds of New Years’ or, better put it, New Times of varying types and magnitudes that will soon be impacting us individually, collectively and cosmically. I am thinking of three in particular that are at hand, or soon to […]

Clearing and Cleaning for the Year to Come

One of my fondest memories of the year I spent teaching English in rural Japan back in the 1980s was New Years. I was a recent College graduate with minimal preparation for being dropped into a part of Japan that was still quite traditional in mores and cultural patterns. My first New Year’s surprise happened […]

THESE TIMES

Fourteen years ago, in mid-December, I met the man who I am now married to at a Shopper Christmas party. One week later, my mother passed away peacefully on the night of the winter solstice. I nestled close to her now cool body until the ambulance arrived. This year, there will be no Shopper party […]

PATIENCE

When my daughter was in nursery school, her favorite song starred a snail and had the following refrain: “Be patient, be patient, don’t be in such a hurry/when you get impatient, you only start to worry.” These words have popped back into my mind in the last few weeks, as we have been dealing with […]