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...
Gratitude Expresses Itself Best in Generosity

Gratitude Expresses Itself Best in Generosity

My birthday greetings to a retired friend brought an interesting response: “I’m thankful for all the things that could have happened to me up to this point that didn’t.” That is certainly one perspective when considering life’s blessings, and seeking to express...
In 2021, Expose Your Life to Wonder

In 2021, Expose Your Life to Wonder

While many of us have moved away from New Year resolutions, we should still set challenging goals for the short-time future and the longer-term future. We can build those goals from our values, interests, curiosity and wonder. Certainly, there may be other...
Gratitude is Just the Beginning

Gratitude is Just the Beginning

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, so how can I not be thinking about gratitude? Concurrently, how can I not be thinking about those whose suffering contributed to my very fortunate place in life, even if such musing is tinged with guilt? On the surface, it’s nice to...