Give Me Ethics Like Geese

“Interdependence is a fact, not an option.” ~ Peter Coyote  For the longest time I took comfort in being my own boss.  I loved my independence; I thought I was stronger, smarter, more effective when I worked alone.  When I worked with others it meant having to make compromises. History, however, proved me wrong.  I wasn’t, in fact, stronger, smarter or more effective alone.  Quite … Continue reading Give Me Ethics Like Geese »

What Do You Want?

Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native American chief who pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have “tense faces, staring eyes, and a cruel demeanor.” He said, “They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don’t know what … Continue reading What Do You Want? »

Finding Our Better Angels

 “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~ Abraham Lincoln (First Inaugural Address)  But where are those better angels? It is said when Lincoln was preparing his … Continue reading Finding Our Better Angels »

Does Prayer Have Power?

Marsha and I have a number of dear friends engaged in difficult situations. We each have our own way of praying for them, and shared with each other recently how seriously we take these prayers.  Our conversation got me curious about the role of prayer in the lives of two individuals who changed the course of American history. Isabella Baumfree was an African American born … Continue reading Does Prayer Have Power? »