Developing Mental Complexity

I am hosting a Meetup twice a month called Living with Intention.  This past Sunday we were considering what it means to grow up… or to be a “grown up” and are we interested in being one.  One of the themes in the conversation, as we considered what it means to be a grown up, […]

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How Resilience Works

Source: How Resilience Works We all know that resilience is a good thing.  But we are not very clear about what makes for a resilient person or organization.  We need pockets and sources of resilience to best respond to the increasing chaos in the world we live in.  This article gives good guidance for knowing […]

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Islands of Sanity

One of my tribes is the international community of folks working in the fields of organizational development and conflict resolution.  Margaret Wheatley is a primary source for many of us.  She has a new book coming out in a couple of weeks entitled, Who Do We Choose To Be: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity.  […]

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Judeo-Christian Values

In this week”s news magazine “The Week” there is an article about Steve Bannon, the chief strategist for the Trump White House.  The closing paragraph of the article begins What does Bannon propose doing? Bannon believes the only viable path forward is to overthrow the political establishment, undo globalization and restrict immigration, and create a […]

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The Practice of Presence at Casa Bagus

I will be offering a four-week class at Casa Bagus on Clayton Road on the four Wednesdays in April.  For more about it and to sign up, follow this link.

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Trump and a Post-Truth World

In these days I often remind myself that, as Martin Luther King Jr. told us, “The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”  While I fervently believe this is true, at times like these I need a bit of reassurance. That reassurance came earlier this week when I was emailed a […]

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Mr. Trump- Yellow Tie

Alligators break things

We didn’t elect Donald Trump as our President because we thought he would fix things. We elected him because we knew he would break things. At some point that task will be completed and we will have to start rebuilding. We will have to remove him. It may take four years when we elect someone […]

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The Meaning of Our Choice

In these days, the ways that people living side by side make meaning can be vastly different.  We can find the facts we want (or, failing in that, simply create the facts that suit us) and construct the meaning or our choice. Not all meaning is of equal value.  The best meaning is that which […]

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Love and Belonging at Christmas

For the first time in my memory I experienced Christmas without a home church.  I went to the Christmas Eve Service at Pilgrim UCC where I am still technically a member and am known and welcomed but where I don’t have any leadership role.  I helped Leroy light the many candles and then he recruited […]

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President Barack Obama awards the 2013 National National Humanities Medal to Krista Tippett, radio host, from St. Paul, Minn., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Anger and Enemies

Today’s On Being with Krista Tippett is an interview with a couple of American Buddhists on how we relate to our enemies and our suffering.  It is a part of the work that she and On Being are doing on nurturing Civil Conversations.  When we operate out of a cognitive map that defines people as […]

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