A few weeks ago, I watched a rerun of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Liaisons.” Picard was trapped on a planet, alone, and held against his will. During the climactic ending he discovered his ship was intentionally crashed, he was lied to and held captive so some being could learn more about the human emotion love—the hard and seemingly ineffective way. Or was it? Was Picard angry? No. Vengeful? No. He is, get this, understanding, even remarking to others about the value of
“Auld Lang Syne” brings me to tears. What is up with that? I don’t even understand the words. Yet, whenever I hear it, especially sung by a large group of people—ugh, I get all choked up. Strangers in a bar suddenly harmonizing in a drunken outpouring of love and appreciation can be the sweetest thing. Such a beautiful melody, just wish I didn’t find it so achingly mournful. To understand why we sing this bittersweet song when we’re in the midst of ushering in a New Year t
Just days before Christmas, I thought you might enjoy some ideas to make for a smooth season next year. Step One: Continually remember the reason for the season. No matter what holiday you may be celebrating, there’s a universal message of compassion, warmth, gratitude and love woven throughout them all. Hang onto those themes when that angry woman cuts into line in front of you at the grocery store. Your peaceful smile, despite the circumstances, is a gift, an act of kindnes
Road trips full of Funyuns and Snickers bars. Laughter with friends. Laughter with strangers. Melodies that tickle the inside of your ear. The big bass drum of a marching band, so loud it rumbles your stomach. These days, it’s far too easy to get wrapped up in the bad. But boundless benefits come from focusing on the good—any good—big or small. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the following is a list—by no means all-inclusive—of completely random things for which I’m thankful.
I was talking to someone recently and the subject of the Law of Attraction came up. What is that? I am no expert and I’m just beginning to explore this complicated subject but, a short, basic, and, I hope, not entirely incorrect one sentence explanation is that the universe is made up of energy and energy attracts like energy, so pay careful attention to the emotions that surround any given wish. For example, some say that anxiety and fear over a certain thing happening cre