Summer of 2020: Brutality

2020 has been a brutal year. It's as if violence is airborne, along with the coronavirus, traveling into all parts of our lives. Work. School. Grocery shopping. Dinner. Bedtime.  And of course, the news.  I won’t abandon the news because I really believe I need to know what’s happening around me. The news has always... Continue Reading →

WHERE’S ZAB?? or, notes on boundaries

Working a lot (at institutions that employ me— that kind of work). Work-life balance is tough, and sometimes I spend more time “at work” than is optimal for me. That’s the way it goes— every day on the planet isn’t the Zabby show. There are seasons— and trade-offs. I’m new-ish in two different jobs, which... Continue Reading →

Compassion.

Ask yourself what’s missinig in contemporary news and discourse. What underlies divisiveness and hate speech. What makes some encounters (with a police officer, or a doctor, or someone you expect to care) so completely demoralizing. And what causes hopelessness and pain and substance use and. . . My answer: compassion is missing. When a person... Continue Reading →

Anxiety is real. So are you.

I’m feeling anxious today. Sometimes anxiety is internal; I feel it bubble up from inside and it vibrates me, starting in my chest, with a physical quality. Sometimes it’s external, and I can pin it to something happening in my life. Sometimes I just don’t know. It might feel existential, or rooted in the world... Continue Reading →

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