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 →

Diet Wars: Twitter Edition

This week, the American Heart Association posted a recipe for overnight oats on their twitter account. The recipe called for oats, skim milk, banana, nuts, and a little maple syrup. This sounds pretty innocuous, right?  You could quibble with including fat-free dairy, or a little added sugar, if you're looking for a specific and fine-tuned... Continue Reading →

Strategies for SAD

SAD. I haz it. Well, I have had it, anyway. After a few decades of dreadful winters in Philly, Ohio, and Boston, I lived in Arizona for 10 years, and not by accident. Longer days and plenty of sunshine are good for me. So my recent relocation to Portland, OR, was a little scary. I... Continue Reading →

Basic Human Maintenance 101

I got an email about classes at my local REI the other day (desert hiking with your dog? yes please!), and among the offerings was bike maintenance. This got me thinking about something I read not long ago: Kelly Starrett says all human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. He’s right!... Continue Reading →

Do we need art?

I have always liked art-- drawing, reading, museums. But I went through a very literal phase as a teenager where I sort of didn't get it. What's the use? I'd ask. What's the benefit? That's nice, that's fun, but is it important? Do we really need art? Shouldn't we study engineering, or microbiology, or something?... Continue Reading →

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