Planting in the garden of life

May 19, 2019 / 5:16 pm

This is a weekend for the beach, the golf course and the garden — to be in nature. After what seems like a long, hard winter and a so-so spring, finally,...

You wear the mask

Apr 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,...

You're really it!

Apr 12, 2019 / 11:19 am

There are many definitions of enlightenment, but the one that makes the most sense today is acceptance. Acceptance of self and the world. People who accept...

Start spring cleaning now

Feb 15, 2019 / 6:00 am

Winter is an odd time to do spring cleaning, but last month many of us vowed to shift our agreement with reality, to reshape ourselves. Many people resolved to...

Ruminating on regrets

Dec 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

“Regrets, I’ve had a few, but, then again, too few to mention,” Frank Sinatra warbled in I Did It My Way, a song written by Paul Anka from the...

Is your wallet a black hole?

Nov 8, 2018 / 11:00 am

These are the times that try men’s souls. Thomas Paine wrote that in 1776, but any time can try our souls, our principles, our concepts about self. Most...

Losing at the blame game

Sep 27, 2018 / 11:00 am

If Quora can be believed, shooting green pigs with a slingshot is one of the most popular pastimes in the world. But others claim that Minecraft, LOL, League of...

What do you know for sure?

Sep 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

“In the beginning….” That’s how the greatest bestseller in history starts. It has been on the bestseller list since before there was a...

Times are a-changin'

Aug 17, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Uncertainty, upheaval and unrest, whether caused by politics, economics or forest fires, offer a great opportunity to practise being comfortable with...

Are you a fox or hedgehog?

Jul 11, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Many of us still bear the scars from high-school science classes, from memorizing facts, figures and laws — Boyle’s law, the laws of motions,...

That's no bull

Apr 28, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Zen has a wonderful, 900-year-old pictorial story, which, in modern terminology, would be called no bull. It's actually called the Ox-herding Pictures, and...

Faith in everything

Mar 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Faith can not only move mountains, it can transform lives, even the lives of the agnostic and the atheist. Many have lost faith in religion, given up on the...

Kindness is best prescription

Feb 21, 2018 / 11:00 am

Pharmaceutical companies must love cold-and-flu season. Even the people who don’t go to the doctor buy chemical concoctions to make them feel better. But...

Keep it simple

Feb 3, 2018 / 11:00 am

The simple truth is life is not complicated, but we choose to make it so. Newton’s third law of motion applies to our life as much as it does physics: to...

We think too much

Dec 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

The average North American is as addicted as any junkie shooting up in a back alley. And, unlike the junkie, we lie about our dependence. We live in an...

Power of the equation

Dec 14, 2017 / 11:00 am

The equation that shook the foundations of science and changed the world 112 years ago can be a platform on which to build a philosophy of life today. Albert...

Act like the cat

Nov 16, 2017 / 1:00 pm

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said...

You have a right to be here

Oct 23, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Even though we know better, we re-inforce and re-affirm what we don’t want. The more we repeatedly think and act in a particular way, the more we become...

Solving the mystery of you

Sep 30, 2017 / 6:00 am

As we tell, and re-tell, ourselves our stories, what genre do we use: drama, romance, comedy, tragedy, farce? At times, we use every method, but one worth...

Take another road home

Sep 16, 2017 / 5:00 pm

Life thrives on chaos, but we want order and dulling routine. We prefer the safety of habit to the unpredictability of the new and unexpected. Our ancestors...