That people are being gas-lit every day. That the environment is getting worse. That we’re only a few steps away from reenacting The Handmaid’s Tale. That subjugation and merciless violence continue unabated. That the rights, freedoms, and unnamed liberties that some segment of Americans take for granted remain elusive or unrealized for millions more. And […]

Empty space, right?  A strict utilitarian might look at empty space like a margin in a book, newspaper, or a website as wasted opportunity. Fill it with more color, more ads, more text, more-more-more. Once it’s full though, the margin has lost its original intended use: a passive method of delineation. A book’s margins don’t […]

Sometimes a little separation is necessary. Consider a welding machine like a MIG or TIG welder. Too much separation and there isn’t enough electrical arc and heat generated on the metal to bond it.  Too little and you end-up fusing the welding gun or your bonding material to the metal directly.  Not ideal in either […]

If our inner monologues are saying things that we wouldn’t say to anyone else out loud, what purpose does that serve? If our inner monologues are reinforcing values and beliefs that aren’t true anymore, why do we still believe them? If our inner monologues are telling us things that are distorting our view of the […]

Sometimes means leaving behind something that we love or care about too much. Leaving Facebook because it’s too toxic and doesn’t add value to our lives. Declining additional commitments or dropping them because we’re over-subscribed. Avoiding taking on additional work when we’re already working at our limit. And sometimes it means simply saying “no thank […]

Something that was brought to my attention yesterday by a fantastic episode of the podcast “Why Is This Happening?” with Chris Hayes is the simple fact that a multiethnic, multiracial, pluralistic, representative, egalitarian democracy has never existed on this planet at any point in human history. While we continue to stumble and miss the mark, for the last […]

It’s easy to fall into the fallacy that effective communication is more about being clear than it is about honesty. Presenting information in a clear and engaging way is certainly helpful. Presenting your information with honesty and humility does more to engage your audience than anything else. The hallmark of a great communicator is someone […]

Depression and trauma commit the most heinous of crimes. They steal our ability to be happy, to love unconditionally, and to be fully present. They make it hard to comprehend that our suffering isn’t grounded in a complete and holistic view of reality. They prevent us from being able to understand that all of us are […]

The last two weeks have been oscillating between a running riot and a complete disaster.  I haven’t been able to look at or listen to the news because I become either unreasonably angry or completely inconsolable.  But the last two weeks haven’t been any different than the last year-and-change, it’s just that each new day […]

Muscle fibers and tendons can tear during training. Bones can fracture and break during the execution. Brain cells can fire white-hot through the effort. The thing about things that break, is the fact that if the organism survives, the organism has the opportunity to strengthen and improve. Muscle fibers and tendons strengthen after periods of […]