Half-Way There

I've kept a personal journal for over thirty years. I've never shown it to anyone. Recently, it occurred to me that there was a decent chance no one would ever see it.  After dad passed away, my sister and I took responsibility for getting rid of his stuff. It was an emotionally draining task. Some …

A Quality Life

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's been years since I've heard that question. Most of us stop thinking about it after graduating from school and land our first "real" job. From there, reality takes over and life, in Robert Frost's words, flows on its own melt. In a time frame …

What Matters.

What makes us who we are? The renowned physicist Brian Greene recently wrote a piece in the New York Times addressing why art matters. He concludes: “Whereas the patterns of math and science matter because they speak to qualities of reality that exist beyond us, the patterns of art matter because they speak to qualities …

Learning the Two-Step

When I was a youngster, one of the biggest thrills in life was getting a new pair of sneakers. In those days, Keds were what the cool kids wore. My parents watched their finances pretty closely, so I usually got a discount brand. Every once in a while, though, Mom came through. Such was the …