Category Archives: energy/flow

Fury (There Will Be Blood)

Last weekend a mélange of various white nationalist hate groups – including the KKK and neo-Nazis – converged on Charlottesville, Virginia. While they were there to ostensibly protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the … Continue reading

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Cleanup Time

In the sadness and disappointment I felt after the recent US election, I was reminded of similar feelings I’d had many years before, in January 1998. That earlier loss hadn’t involved politics or friends or family. It had been related … Continue reading

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Swept Away

January 9th is a milestone date in my life. My experiences from January 9, 1964 have etched into my mind a life lesson that I carry to this day. Eight years ago, on January 9, 2008, I shared it from … Continue reading

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Keep the Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin “So how’s that hopey, changey thing workin’ out for ya?” – Sarah Palin It’s hard to … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Hurry

Every fall I set aside an evening to sit back and watch my DVD of the movie “The Trouble With Harry.” This movie, the only feature-length comedy created by Alfred Hitchcock, revolves around a body – Harry – found in … Continue reading

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Start Making Sense

There’s a new etiquette issue these days that Ann Landers never had to address: what do you do when a friend or relative forwards some wacky right wing spam? Wacky right wing spam seems to be a growing phenomena. Such … Continue reading

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Religious Differences in Our Global Village

When I first learned of the idea of a “global village,” I remember having a mental picture of a New England-style village expanded out to cover the whole world. It sounded kind of warm and cozy, with different people amiably … Continue reading

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Money Can’t Buy Me Art

When you see how expensive some works of art are today, it may seem illogical to say that “money can’t buy me art.” After all, a painting by Gustav Klimt sold a few years ago for $135 million. But according … Continue reading

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Winning With Uncertainty

One of the big surprises in the 2010 Winter Olympics is the success of Bode Miller in alpine ski racing. Bode had been a notable “failure” in the 2006 Winter Olympics, not winning any medals even though he had been … Continue reading

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Wave Riding

The Tour de France – the world’s greatest bike race – ended yesterday. The Pan-Mass Challenge – America’s greatest cycling fund raiser – takes place this coming weekend. In honor of those two major cycling events, I’m reviving an essay … Continue reading

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Dances With Sled Dogs

You never know where you might find a secret to success. Sometimes you have to start by getting past common misconceptions. The Iditarod, a dog sled race that covers 1,049 miles between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska, isn’t very popular among … Continue reading

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Give a Little Nudge

When an opponent comes forward, move in and greet him; if he wants to pull back, send him on his way. ~ Morihei Ueshiba In the martial art of aikido, a guiding principle is to take an opponent’s focus and … Continue reading

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Slay Riding to Oblivion

Slate has an article – The Digital Slay-Ride – that discusses the ways modern technology is revolutionizing our lives. As Jack Shafer notes: Folks giggled at Wired founder Louis Rossetto’s bombastic formulation in 1993 that the “digital revolution is whipping … Continue reading

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