The words “Bad news” jumped out at me in my messages. It came just as we were preparing to go on vacation in Hawaii. Life intruded to inform me of a friend’s untimely and sudden death. Shocked, I let the news pass through me and busied myself with packing. News of death is becoming aContinue reading “The Message of Rainbows”
This is a complicated holiday season. The glitter, the shopping and the decorating can feel imposed by the calendar, out of sync with our daily headlines of war, hate, bombings, shootings, election results and humanitarian concerns. The tendency to feel overwhelmed by all the darkness in the world can easily let the air out of ourContinue reading “How to Find Good Beyond the Evil”
I generally see myself as a relatively easy going and compassionate person. An uglier, impatient side of my personality reveals itself when I eat at certain California restaurants. I’m surprised by the depth of my annoyance. And, it’s only getting worse.
LIfe continues to hum along as if nothing is out of the ordinary is happening. But there’s a soundtrack in the background of my life that is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. It usually begins with two words: Donald Trump. Some new phrases have caught my attention too. Alt right, anyone? fake news? false equivalencies? “Every presidentContinue reading “It’s a Hard Rain”
It’s all been debated so many times. It’s a holiday rife with conflicts as well as delights. Natural/vs. artificial tree? Merry Christmas vs. Happy holidays? A crèche scene on public property? Kwanza? How does Christmas measure up against Chanukah? (It doesn’t, nor can it. Only thing it shares is a winter date of celebration.) (myContinue reading “Tree Deprivation Syndrome”