“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man …” -Polonius to Laertes (Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3) ‘Just be yourself’ – One of the most confusing things we tell ourselves and each other! In my…Continue reading ‘Just Be Yourself’: It’s Bloody Annoying!
“This is the reason I created the circle of trust – so we can discuss these things.” – Jack Byrnes What are your favourite movies? You know, those movies that you’ve watched a hundred times but if someone suggested a night that includes red wine and that movie, you would cancel the meeting with royalty…Continue reading Lessons from the Fockers: The Circle of Trust
I met Katecia (Teash) a couple of years ago. Over time we began chatting and I had the privilege of listening to some of her story of courage, resilience and quiet grace. Today I would like to thank Teash for making time to share some of her life experience for this BLOG post. I have…Continue reading Katecia’s Story: Resilience, Courage and Grace
A repost and a good reminder for 2018! “There comes … a longing never to travel again except on foot.” Wendell Berry, ‘Remembering’ “Komm, wir gehen im Wald spazieren”, was our family weekend anthem when I was growing up. “Let’s take a walk in the forest.” Like all children, I often had much better things…Continue reading Why don’t you all take a hike?!
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – Patrick Rothfuss – Stories: they shape our world, they change our world, they are our world. We all live our lives to the rhythm…Continue reading The Stories We Tell Ourselves
“Few of us go through life without taking part in some kind of rite of passage.” – Hank Nuwer – It was the French ethnographer and folklorist, Arnold van Gennep, who first coined the phrase “rites of passage”. It is the ceremonial event that exists in all known historical societies that marks a person’s passage…Continue reading Reflection on Rites of Passage
Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. – Charles M. Schulz It…Continue reading Saying Goodbye Sucks!
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them … the people who give you their food give you their heart. – Cesar Chavez The dining room table is a most significant and symbolic piece of furniture in my life. It invokes childhood memories of joy and…Continue reading Welcome to the Table