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  • Sometimes you have to travel far away to understand oneself. We need the perspective, the less cluttered and noisy view of ourselves to see ourselves. Part of it is the true value of comparative evaluation. You know, sizing up what... more
  • I have found that people do not appreciate their own stories. There is such a premium placed on amazing, dramatic, tear-jerkers that average stories, just stories about who we are and what we want are relegated to the "boring" file.... more
  • Like a finely made car, brand new and just out of the factory, there is as they say, fit and finish. It is shiny, everything works well, there are no rattles or dings. But we know when we drive off... more
  • Probably my age and stage in life but I am getting more sensitive (that's very funny John). No seriously I cry at TV ads and even the mention of tear jerking stories. I am sure I am going through some... more
  • I am a racist. You are a racist. We are all racists. We all harbor covert thoughts about people, communities, religions, and disabilities. So you are following a Hummer with a Scientology bumper sticker Or a car full of dark... more
  • Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they... more
  • Wishing is one of the most powerful forms of articulating our needs. Seems like the holidays and the New Year bring out our wishes more than any other time. We hear a wish and want it to happen. Think Make-A-Wish... more
  • Yes, yes, yes--we all need to be more grateful, more thankful for what we have. Feel fortunate and blessed for the opportunities and people in our lives. Yes, and the research shows that if we do this we will be... more
  • Most of us do not relate to the word philanthropy. It is Bill Gatesian, John Rockefelleresque, foreign word that is reserved for the Bentley crowd. Even wealthy donors do not use the "P" word. Yet the literal meaning of philanthropy... more
  • Skimming the surface of the depths of life can be fast, exhilirating and fun. You value variety, changing scenery and the the sense of progress you get from constant movement. But snorkeling is a spectator sport. You see things, beautiful... more
  • How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives. Annie Dilliard Isn't this the most asinine question? Busy?! No, I was just napping or sitting on my hands waiting for you to call, knock or interrupt the boring... more
  • Like when you are in the Maserati dealership, if you have to ask you are in the wrong place! Had the great fortune of hearing this question from numerous younger people. Am I in love? How do you know? I... more
  • When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir This video beautifully and inspiringly tells the story of trophic cascades, basically where the top of the food chain... more
  • We can donate money, or send aid, or volunteer at a shelter, but the first thing we must do is take responsibility and stock of our own path of consciousness. If we come into harmony with ourselves and vibrate from... more
  • Every day, every fork in the road, every choice we confront, there is a leap of faith we must make or avoid. Little decisions can lead to bigger decisions. If life is a journey then we must take steps to... more
  • A close colleague of mine was discussing the future of an unemployed at-risk youth we had just met, "We can not just dress up these young men and teach them how to get jobs at fast food restaurants. We must... more
  • People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting... more
  • Asian Pacific Islanders (API) are the fastest growing population in the US. We have achieved many things in this country. And from the superficial data of education, income, and overall poverty, APIs are the "most successful" ethnic group including whites... more
  • How do we become who we say we are? Is aspirational language how we grow into our lives? We often describe ourselves in generous terms. Are we who we say we are?. I call myself a social entrepreneur. I say... more
  • As you probably know Typepad, the host of my blog, was hacked and the entire site has been down for a few days. But as you can see we are back up and I will be adding a new post... more
  • Some of you that know me are wondering how I could write such a post. Humility has not always been my most evident trait. (That would be an understatement John!) But as they say, those who can't do, teach! :)... more
  • The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. Marilyn Ferguson One of the most surprising things to students of my... more
  • I am seeing a rise in generic humans. I am meeting them at events, they are connecting with me on Linkedin, they read my blog --they are everywhere. I used to spot this species mostly at undergraduate institutions where undeclared... more
  • Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been. Advice from Wayne Gretzky's Dad Do we know where our own momentum is carrying us? Where are we pointed? Where are we going? We know what got... more
  • Energy exists in many different forms, such as light, heat, chemical, and electrical. Energy is the fuel and ability to do work. Thermodynamics is the study and understanding of energy. The first law of thermodynamics: Energy can not be created... more

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