Category Archives: Surrender

Failure is a Gift

  This week’s post was inspired by a recent conversation with Tucker McHugh, a high school classmate who I have known for over 50 years. I was raised on Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Winning defined the purpose of my every endeavor: winning at school, winning at sports, winning with friends.  Winning was symbolized by blue ribbons, gold stars, and A-pluses.  Life was one long never-ending contest … Continue reading Failure is a Gift »

When Doubt is an Ally

“Doubt grows with knowledge.”  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Today we hear many voices speak with the ring of dogmatic certainty, where the ugliest of ugly thoughts are hurled out to every time zone.  I find myself asking, how can so many be so sure of so much? Socrates once observed, “I know that I don’t know.  But you don’t know what you don’t know and … Continue reading When Doubt is an Ally »

Good Morning

Recently I had a fitful night of worry, tossing and turning, my thoughts uncontrollably circulating downward.  The impending move to the Pacific Northwest had me anxious.  It was two o’clock in the morning and I found myself counting all the things that could go wrong.  I thought, it’s one thing to have moved to Chicago at age 22, quite another to return to Seattle at … Continue reading Good Morning »

Beyond a Rock and a Hard Place

Originally published April 23, 2016.  “An ocean lies between what is said and what is done.”  Italian proverb Sometimes that ocean is between a rock and a hard place. NEWS BULLETIN ISTANBUL: “Hundreds of sheep followed their leader off a cliff in eastern Turkey, plunging to their deaths this week while shepherds looked on in dismay. Four hundred sheep fell 15 metres to their deaths … Continue reading Beyond a Rock and a Hard Place »

A Sober Thought on Power

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  ~ George Washington As I experience the current change in government in the United States, Washington’s words burn my ears and prompt a sober reflection on the subject of power. What is it? How should it be exercised? Who should possess it? Sobriety teaches me always to … Continue reading A Sober Thought on Power »