My love affair with Brian Doyle continues…at 1st glance this month’s book recommendation might seem pedantic; a book about the marten? A kids book? NOPE. Martin Marten is a gorgeous soliloquy about love and life. A deep look at our place in the web, at the real meaning of community…and also a dive into the inquiry, dear to my heart, one I am having on repeat with couples these days…how do we love, how do
What do we mean, really, with our new COVID-induced catch phrase “stay safe.”? Keeping it real folks: You are not safe. Stay safe is what I want to call a “sick” phrase (illuminating the illness in our culture). Staying safe, valuing our lives at all costs, needs to stop being our primary drive as a culture. Consider exploring/adopting safe enough as a reasonable baseline. Maybe instead of protecting the ME and our specific WE’s, we could
This month I am sharing a review of The Gift How the creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde. Perfect timing as every book is, illuminating and clarifying the power of the gift, this book contributed powerfully to my own understanding of what we are calling The Gift Economy and the core value of generosity. It is clearer than ever to me that reclaiming “gift” as a core cultural act can transform culture. It
As I sit, day by day with people, I hear and feel the anxiety, the depression, the hopelessness, the fear; the way you know there’s no more normal or place to go back to in your old life and then we work with how your own lives are reflecting this larger malaise…and inevitably we talk about COVID, we read about COVID, we rant about COVID… I am going a little bit farther out on a
I have marveled at and struggled with words or explanation for what I think I am observing. Hard times bring out either the best or the worst in humanity and with love and respect to us each and all I need to say that I am not impressed with us as a whole– as the months, now year plus has passed, the main thing I want to say is: I am scared for us.
If COVID has taught us anything, it has taught us that living apart, that not having each other in physical time and space, is dangerous to our souls. What is dangerous to our souls is dangerous to our nervous systems and what is dangerous to our nervous systems creates fight or flight behaviors—deepening the sense of separation that we are all already struggling with. All of this deteriorates our…immunity…yes, that which fights actual sickness, but