Self-Reminders for Optimism in the Face of US Political Drama

A historical perspective helps me feel optimistic. I remind myself that the US government is not a monarchy and not dependent on a single person or a single branch of government. Plus there are state and local jurisdictions that do incredible and innovative jobs serving their citizens with the resources they have. I remind myself… Continue reading Self-Reminders for Optimism in the Face of US Political Drama

Kite Flying as Metaphor

Tomorrow will be 14 years since Erin and I met on a first date. A kite flies best when someone keeps it anchored against the air currents. Let go of the tether, and a kite flutters away and drifts to the ground. I'm the kite dancing with wind, stretching high. Erin is the boy holding… Continue reading Kite Flying as Metaphor

Ares – the Cane Corso

ARES. We named him after the ancient Greek god of war, who was known as “Mars” by the Romans - their guardian deity. The Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso) breed almost disappeared in World War 2-ravaged Italy, but persisted in some isolated villages and has gradually made a comeback. Ares' ancestors guarded Roman villas and served… Continue reading Ares – the Cane Corso

Father Rutledge

Remembering a conversation I had in the 3rd grade with Father Rutledge at St. Mary's school in Balboa, Panama. Father Rutledge embodied Santa Claus for me - a rotund man, with rosy cheeks, white beard, twinkling eyes and a jolly disposition. I had just completed Confession and received my "four 'Hail Marys' and three 'Our… Continue reading Father Rutledge

The Sword that Heals

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. [It] cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.  It is a sword that heals." Martin Luther King, Jr. This movie scene from Gandhi still gives me goosebumps.  The background to this scene: British imperial overlords outlawed India's domestic salt production. Colonial India was compelled to… Continue reading The Sword that Heals