Feeding the Wolves

Feeding the Wolves

Remember that Cherokee story? About which wolf do we feed—the one below the line—reactive, suspicious, fearful, defensive, resistance. Or the wolf above the line—curious, optimistic, accepting, trusting. The grandfather teaches that the wolf who survives is the one we...
What You Think You’re Doing

What You Think You’re Doing

I thought I going to work on a book. The purple sunset desert with sunny winters has been beckoning for years, so I headed south to dive into the Thoreau Project. I figured a few days to get oriented and tweak some business loose ends. That took three weeks and opened...
Writing Style Misdemeanors

Writing Style Misdemeanors

Dear friends, colleagues, and neighbors~ Thank you for including me in your bright communications—I am delighted to read them and consider your offerings. Due to the preponderance of communiques with stylistic misdemeanors, I am compelled to offer my unsolicited...
“Be Careful.”

“Be Careful.”

Why in the name of Heaven does this get said to me? A LOT. Not just my mom. Enough that I’ve begun the process of Wonder Why This Happens and I’m Annoyed. Am I…not careful? Do I have a…reputation I don’t know about? Whenever Something Happens, 99% of the time it’s on...
Go Ahead and Obsess

Go Ahead and Obsess

We must be wired to obsess. I’ve been watching myself run through temporary obsessions, and I figure you do too. It makes sense—how else would anything big and cool get done? Art, elaborate buildings, landscaping, engineering jets, biological research, anything...
A Confession

A Confession

I want to confess how much I don’t know what I’m doing. Yeah, probably not a surprise to you. It became clear (again) after the last Thoreau event~ some of you were even there. The idea seemed pretty cool. I skimmed Walden, the Bhagavad Gita, and parts of the Vishnu...