Faking

Sometimes I catch myself faking it. Our culture makes this popular through sayings like, Fake it ’til you make it. Then, it penalizes us for being inauthentic. Inauthenticity is one of many mortal scarlet letters we talk a lot about, but poorly understand. I suspect we poorly understand it, because I see how we have … Continue reading Faking

Acts of Love

This is a sweet, simple piece that might resonate this time of year; it’s another old draft, this one from December 20, 2015. When I was younger, I routinely sent out cards, letters, and other thoughtful representations of my affection. I enjoyed it very much. I still do, but now it’s a rare luxury from … Continue reading Acts of Love

Read Gently

There’s something I’d like my readers to know. Writing is risky. It reveals parts of myself I do not even know yet, and others you or I will presume to know that are not what they appear to be. I do not overthink it. My mentors were courageous and instilled that in me. I am … Continue reading Read Gently

Epic Fails

This post is not about bread, but right this very minute I’m eating a paleo English Muffin. Do you know how good real English Muffins are? When I stopped eating gluten ten years ago, I thought it would be a short-lived thing my doctor was having me try on a whim. It wasn’t. Gluten + … Continue reading Epic Fails

Clear Heart

This is another old draft, chosen from April of 2017 and dusted off for you to use. May it help you feel less lonely in our current season of darker days. “The holiest spot on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.” — A Course in Miracles. I follow a musician, Girish, … Continue reading Clear Heart

Presumed

As eager craftsmen, we steep ourselves in knowledge and practice our way to mastery. It’s bumpy. At some point we reach a place of understanding, as much as we are able to. If we are lucky, we find our way to effortless integration. Caution. There is what we know, and there is what we presume … Continue reading Presumed

HASTY

My son is six. We are going through some very typical age-related, developmental woes. On top of that, we are going through your garden variety middle-aged family woes. All the songs are right — life is hard and life is beautiful. Today I tripped and fell into something that seemed useful. There are so many good tools … Continue reading HASTY