Category Archives: Acceptance

A Thought on Turning 70

This past week I turned 70 and for whatever reason this birthday has captured my attention.  After years of paying little mind to the passing of time this particular birthday found me asking what I’ve learned about living a meaningful life. Hard question.  A lot crossed my mind, but after much thought I’d say the keys to a successful life are keeping yourself rigorously honest, … Continue reading A Thought on Turning 70 »

Return to India

Sometimes in my life I have stumbled into lessons that seem unusual and unconventional.  On my recent trip to Mumbai, India I found myself a student once again.  The topic was acceptance.  I had returned after almost three years for what I hoped was a final round of major dental work, to an exceptional clinic and an oral surgeon who had become a friend.  India taught me much … Continue reading Return to India »

Surrender

On this centenary anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending the First World War my thoughts have gone to wars that never end and a peace that can’t be found. The Armistice we commemorate was not a call for a German unconditional surrender.  Instead it signaled a suspension of hostilities, a break in the fighting, a call for a negotiated settlement.  It was neither … Continue reading Surrender »

The Land of Okie Dokie

At one point in my life I believed evolution was a social as well as a physical phenomenon, that humankind was engaged in a never-ending march forward, and that someday the land of “Okie Dokie” would be the home of us all.  Okie Dokie land?  It’s an old-fashioned phrase known by many other names: Nirvana, paradise, the promised land, the land of your dreams.  I’m going … Continue reading The Land of Okie Dokie »