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Birthday Lessons

In late October Helen and I flew to the mid-Hudson Valley in New York State, a place which had cradled us for some thirty years, to celebrate my 80th birthday. We could have waited until late December to celebrate the occasion (the actual date), but flying in mid-winter is likely to subject travelers to weather […]

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The Inventory Game

Dear Friends, I have been celebrating my eightieth birthday since the end of October and it seems as though good wishes will continue for a while. Often the wishes come with a question – now that you have been around for eighty years – what have you learned, what advice would you pass along, what mistakes […]

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Sanctuary

I have been involved with the Omega Institute—a nonprofit, mission-driven, and donor-supported educational organization—in many capacities over several years. Its reach has captured my heart and held my attention. For more than 40 years Omega has been a pioneer in holistic studies—helping people and organizations integrate personal growth and social change, moving beyond “the way […]

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Perspective

Perspective is the way we organize relationships in the world. Sometime it’s big or little, strong or weak, close or distant, up or down, fast or slow, healthy or sick, rich or poor, smart or dumb, friend or foe, cold or hot, open or closed, give or take, near or far, win or lose, laugh […]

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Take Three Deep Breaths

Helen was just going out the door, a bit behind schedule and a little anxious about her upcoming meeting. As she left, I suggested that she take three deep breaths. That is often the same way I begin programs or talks I offer. People lead busy lives. They rush from one meeting to the next, one […]

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Blessing December 2017

Are you attracted to solitary endeavors, or do you yearn for connection  to a common design?   Are you drawn to the power that comes with wealth and age,  or are you attracted to the wisdom that harnesses such power?  Are you in pain from losses that tear at the tissues of your heart, or can you generate hope to […]

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Listening Well

Many years ago, a colleague and I taught a program at the Omega Institute on the subject of quality listening. Even though we were aware that such listening cannot be accomplished solely from an intellectual perspective, we emphasized features involved in deep listening from a left-brain perspective over those attributed to teaching from a right-brain […]

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Accidental Spirituality – On My Mind

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, was quite the day in Eugene, at least according to our daily paper, the Register Guard. The newspaper provided information on five stories that made up page one of the City Region section of the paper. One of those stories dealt with an intergenerational mural being created at Springfield High School […]

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Reflections on Aging

Where is the instruction kit on aging? We have books that provide written advice on child rearing, child bearing, child transitioning. We are drowning in publications giving advice on parenting, telling us how to avoid making mistakes as a parent, and offering programs to correct mistakes we should have avoided but didn’t. There are an […]

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Haiku

Haiku I’m a writer in search of a subject. I’ve read a lot in different genres looking for ideas. Nada. I’ve invited the pen just to flow and see what emerges. Double nada. I have this notion that I’m skimming along the surface of my life without pausing to notice what is really happening that’s worth sharing […]

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