Final round of the U. S. Open. Tommy Fleetwood wrapped up his round before the other leaders. In one second, he went from intense effort to zero effort. The tournament isn't over yet, but he is done. He still could win or lose, but he's done all he can. Now he waits. There is nothing … Continue reading Golf lesson: Work hard, let go
He bought some poster board, a thick black marker, and a roll of tape. He wrote three words, put the cap back on the marker, and taped the sign to his window for all the world to see. "No gays allowed" From that moment on, it was clear that some of his neighbors were not … Continue reading “No gays allowed”
"I guess they finally figured out that it only takes one man to do the job of two women.” A rolling pin "is useful for making pie crusts or for keeping wayward wives in line”. “Whatever men do they must do twice as well as women to be thought half as good. Luckily this is … Continue reading Does this achieve gender equality?
Tiny frog unseen until leaping from the bright leaf I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I'm not quite up for the challenge of real Japanese haiku! Still, English haiku has its demands that make it a beautiful process and product. SYLLABLES • That sensational syllabic structure … Continue reading Springtime for haiku
Their jaws dropped. They stared at me with eyes wide open. Just like the time a few weeks ago when I told them that there will be sex in heaven. It's not unusual for us to have brain-bending and mind-blowing moments our meetups. This time, though, an audible, synchronous gasp filled the air outside the coffee … Continue reading Jealousy is love
How many times have you conspired to change the world? Have you done it? Dreaming is easy. Real change is HARD. But possible. The year was 2006. We were wondering how we might make a difference in the world. You know those conversations you have; they often don't lead to much. This time was different. … Continue reading The transformation of Ntandi, Uganda
I have been told not to attend a happy hour event in Portland on May 21. Because I'm white. I am instructed instead to give $10 (plus a $2.61 fee), which will be provided to a person who is "Black", "Brown", or "Indigenous". I'm "strongly encouraged" to give more. "Reparations Happy Hours is a monthly … Continue reading White people: You’re not welcome, but your money is
We've all done it. We've inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you'll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number one … Continue reading Five ways to sharpen your thinking skills
Recently I was contacted by a university student writing a paper for a Philosophy 102 course. The topic is the interconnectedness of time and suffering (fascinating!). Finding that I created a course called The Beginning and End of Suffering, she asked for my perspective. I'm sharing these ideas here as a series. I welcome your feedback and … Continue reading The Beginning and End of Suffering • Part 5
What the world needs now ... people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider others … Continue reading What is The Thinkery?