The Present

We cannot and need not clean up history. Our responsibility is to clean up the present. Whatever circumstances we’re saddled with as a result of past choices and actions by ourselves or others, they are now our current realities. The only way to move beyond them is to do our best living now and empower…

Even

I care about koalas. I care about orangutans. I care about Republicans and Democrats. I care about people who care about others. And I care about those who don’t. I care about people who care about the environment. And I care about those who don’t see the point. I care about people on trains and…

Empathy

‪Empathy is the act of putting yourself in another’s shoes. Sometimes those shoes are uncomfortable. ‬

Just Came and Went

The days just came and went until May of 1980. That’s the year I first noticed spring. I sprawled in my red PE shorts on a patch of soft green grass and thought about how good the sun’s warmth felt on the back of my neck. In November of 1989 I noticed snow—really took note…

Expendable

‪I wonder sometimes whether we have become victims of our own definition of story, which always includes conflict and expendable characters.‬

I’ll Go With You

When I was little and felt like running away, my dad would grab my hand and say, “Here…I’ll go with you.” Together we’d wander through the mists and ponderosa pine forests of California’s foothills until there was nothing left to do but go home. Today is one of those days. Not so different from any…

Worse Than Hate

There will always be haters. Hate crosses race, religion, and party lines. It seeps under doorways and spills over walls. It’s served up for dinner at family meals. But not everyone is a hater. And that’s important to remember. Hate is not conquered by angry protests or rigid regulations. Those who claim to love can…

Love Does More

Love does more than solve our personal problems. It makes us part of a universal solution.

Amazed

If we were amazed by more things, we might be more prone to positive action.

We Know Better

If we say things to some that we know better than to say to others, we know better.

Dangerous

It is dangerous to use what we perceive as someone else’s idiocy to justify our own.

Never Mistaken

Commitment to a cause does not make us good. Speaking out against bigotry, cruelty, or betrayal does not make us kind. Devotion to a cause often arises from bitterness over a wrong that we choose to take personally and to assume as our identity, regardless of whether it was done to us individually. Bitterness can…