The night before my kids went back to school this year, my eleven-year-old son sliced off the very tip of his left index finger while finishing a back-to-school project. His dad and I took turns holding pressure on it for 3 ½ hours, until the blood finally stopped bubbling to the skinless surface, which was [...]

2010-09-30T17:29:35+00:00September 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Dramatic Social Change

In honor of the California Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, here's an excerpt from my interview with a Rabbi from the Reconstructionist tradition: “I guess I haven’t really found an issue that I believe I couldn’t change if I found like minded people and worked with them,” says Rabbi Erin Hirsh, who describes herself [...]

2010-08-05T15:51:25+00:00August 5th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Expecting Respect

Here's another story that didn't make it into the book (due out in paperback in less than a month!): Joan noted that the self-respect her parents taught her affects how she is treated. I observed this dynamic myself once when I went to the hospital with my seventy-year-old mother, who was having a diagnostic procedure. [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Hermione’s Wisdom

Attempting to control other people's behavior usually backfires. I love the example of Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. When Professor Umbridge (the consummate control freak) forbids students to read a magazine interview with Harry, his wise friend Hermione just smiles: "Don't you see? Umbridge just guaranteed that every student [...]

2010-07-30T16:39:41+00:00July 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

What Voice Shall We Listen To?

Here's another story from Sophie's interview that didn't make it into the book. Sophie had been previously described as a petit white woman with blond hair and blue eyes: I recall another story Sophie told me once before she was ill. One night she was walking to her car on a dark city path in [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00July 15th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Sophie’s Story

Those of you who have read The Wisdom to Know the Difference may remember Sophie, who thought she was dying of leukemia and then had a remarkable full recovery after coming to complete peace. Well, here's a piece of her interview that never made it into the book, even though I was very touched by [...]

2010-07-12T14:01:44+00:00July 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Rant about Culture

As promised last time, I've been reading the "cuts" file from The Wisdom to Know the Difference, looking for things that feel worth saying, even though they didn't make it into the book. I've noticed that I did a lot of ranting about our culture early on, which got scaled back as I revised. Here's [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00July 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Technology and Simplicity

This morning as I was learning how to use my new iPhone at the Mac store, I got a call from my auto mechanic informing me that it would cost $7,400 to fix the broken monitor in my Prius. This has got me thinking about the pros and cons of possessing such fancy devices.  I [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00June 10th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Your Best Life

Those who know of Joel Osteen may be surprised to hear that I’m reading his #1 New York Times bestseller Your Best Life Now and trying to figure out what speaks to me and what doesn’t. For those unfamiliar with the famous smile pictured here, Osteen is the pastor of Lakewood Church, said to be [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00June 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Can We Trust Intuition?

I like observing the wild way my mind works. I’m a fascinating case—as are we all, I suspect. I’m especially interested in intuition, where it comes from, and whether we can trust it. Usually I do trust it, though that doesn't mean that things work out exactly as I expect. What got me thinking about [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00May 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|
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