Category Archives: Grief

The Context

Out of nature comes a sense of ultimate context. Writer Gary Ferguson asks: “…who wouldn’t feel a twitch of bewilderment to think that 99.99999 percent of our body is comprised of the empty space that exists between the electrons, neutrons, and protons — each one of those an element of the atoms that give us […]

On Transience

Outside my office window the wind comes up in a tree that yesterday had been a single big red bonfire. Now, half the branches are bare, the leaves tossed around and away like bright embers. I’ve missed the photograph I had wanted to take of the full red tree. Meanwhile the lake across the street […]

The Darkness Is Not Yet Complete

I am disappointed in our country. Focused on winning, it is in fact filled with the defeat of our democracy. I admit, because it often just seems so hopeless attempting to cross the divide, I find myself resisting political arguments and exchanges. George Lakoff’s description of the conservative moral hierarchy is enough of an explanation […]

Do You Know Who You Are?

Take your basic interpersonal conflict as an example. The issue is the way she treats me or he treats me. Why doesn’t he or she treat me better? On the surface, it’s not at all about what I might do differently, but what the other person ought to be doing or not doing. This is […]