From Gratitude to Authenticity

From Gratitude to Authenticity

“I had to throw away my gratitude journal so I could actually deal with my anxiety and  depression.”   It was a shocking statement to hear. My friend shared these words, and I found myself reflecting on how everything can be a drug, depending on how we use it –...
No Thanks to Suffering

No Thanks to Suffering

It’s considered rude to not say, “Thank you.” The expression of gratitude is treated as a rule, used to measure if “your mama taught you better.”  If you don’t express gratitude, then you are considered unworthy of any future gift-giving. Because at least you can say,...
By the Way | The Right Side of the Grass

By the Way | The Right Side of the Grass

I resolved some years ago to stop tracking birthdays, although I do have to calculate several times a year. Let’s see, 1954 to 2000 is 46, then add … what year is it again? This birthday, number 68, would be unremarkable but for the fact that my father succumbed to...
Thank You, God

Thank You, God

Occasionally I get the opportunity to do a presentation that grew from my friendship with the late Fred Rogers, of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Though I doubt he’ll ever be canonized, Fred was about the closest thing to a saint that I ever knew, and his constant...