Mindfulness, Happiness & ‘RAIN’

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎CANCER◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL "Don't fret. Everything's going to be OK." That's a helpful advice for someone, isn't it? Yeah, sometimes. But sometimes not. I read a commentary last week in the Wall Street Journal about "toxic positivity." Elizabeth Bernstein wrote that "forcing ourselves or others to always be positive can be harmful … Continue reading Mindfulness, Happiness & ‘RAIN’

Escaping the Emotional Rabbit Hole

I came across this excellent post today at ‘Pointless Overthinking,’ a great blog at WordPress where this blog also resides. I believe the article here speaks to a lot people's experience. It certainly speaks to me! I hope you'll find it helpful. "The Parable of the Second Arrow According to the Buddha, any time we suffer misfortune, two arrows fly … Continue reading Escaping the Emotional Rabbit Hole

Beautiful Holden Arboretum

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎DAVID & ME David and I did our annual October pilgrimage this past weekend to Kidron, Ohio, where we visit Lehman's Hardware and the Smucker's Store and Cafe in neighboring Orville. It was fun as usual, but we've lost our touch! We only spent about $25 altogether. We used to be much better … Continue reading Beautiful Holden Arboretum

Nightmare on Glasgow Street

◼︎CLIMATE CHANGE◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS Glasgow, Climate Change & Capitalism: A true Halloween horror. An article in today's New York Times drives home the depth of the climate change crisis. It's not that we can't deal with it — yet — but there's little chance we will be. Certainly not in time to avoid catastrophic consequences that will fall … Continue reading Nightmare on Glasgow Street

Carl Sagan on Mindfulness & Gratitude

◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL Carl Sagan, the preeminent scientist behind the landmark PBS Cosmos series that aired in 1980, was interviewed by Charlie Rose a few months before his death in 1996. I watched it on YouTube over the weekend. It was his last TV interview. Sagan died of complications from myelodysplasia. He was promoting … Continue reading Carl Sagan on Mindfulness & Gratitude

Burying the Hatchet in the ‘Great Transgender Debate’

◼︎WORKING-CLASS POLITICS◼︎LGBT RIGHTS:◻︎TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY Enough. I want to move on. Regular followers of this blog probably know I've been engaged in an extended debate around transgender issues with socialist friends and acquaintances, people with whom I share a mutual history of support and work with the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP). By extension, my conflict … Continue reading Burying the Hatchet in the ‘Great Transgender Debate’

When Life Gives You Lemons… My Journey Meets Cancer

◼︎MY PERSONAL JOURNEY◻︎CANCER◼︎MIND, BODY & SOUL My diagnosis came on September 1st: Stage 2 Prostate Cancer. Before I go any further, let me assure friends and extended family hearing for the first time that I'm in no immediate danger. To the best of our knowledge the cancer is contained and has not spread. Doctors believe … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons… My Journey Meets Cancer