Regarding Wisdom, Karma, and Hillary Clinton

With natural disasters following one after the other recently, I’ve heard people suggest that “Mother Earth is angry.” Rather than angry, perhaps she’s simply righting the ship. Mother Earth / Mother Nature / Pacha Mama is dispassionate in her passion. She does what she does in response to internal and external pressures. Whether it’s a volcano erupting thousands of feet into the air, tectonic plates shifting in opposing directions, or a reaction to human-caused climate change, her response is not personal. The self-regulating system of Earth is not bound to ego as we are. Ancient and wise on an elemental level…

I have a theory.

I often hear people ask how women could have possibly voted for trump. I’ve thought and said it myself, more times than I can count. How could they, with so many obvious reasons not to? My theory… It’s possible that women who voted for and support trump were victimized in some way by brutal, narcissistic men. As a consequence, they equate brutality with strength. Aligning with this false strength is a misinterpretation of reality, and is a  way to protect oneself from further harm. Not all women who are abused identify with their abuser. Those that do often wake up…

Your love matters.

Worrying never helped anybody. Least of all, ourselves. And definitely not survivors of Hurricane Harvey. So, in lieu of worry, send money. If you can’t afford to send money, send love. Lots and lots of it. Your love matters. And while you’re at it, remember the words of Mrs. Rogers: “Look for the helpers.”   May this be a time of rebirth. Solar Eclipse, Salem, Oregon 2017   Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey – NPR American Red Cross – Harvey Disaster Relief Donate to Communities of Color – Colorlines.com  

Vincent: That Strange Wild Man

Rather than being insane, as the legend claims, evidence suggests that Vincent van Gogh suffered from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which caused his erratic behavior. He longed for human companionship, but was feared, ridiculed and isolated from his community. Add to that the mysterious story that he did not commit suicide as most believe, but was shot by one of two young men who delighted in tormenting him. If the evidence leading to that conclusion is correct, his life story is no less tragic for it. The saving grace, if one can call it that, was that he apparently welcomed death as a…

Under the influence

This administration has left many of us in a state of perpetual hangover. With the glut of scandals and threats and lies that confront us on a daily basis, keeping up has become an unpaid internship with no end-date. Anyone who follows this somewhat lapsed series has probably figured out that my favorite theme is about facing life with as much positivity as possible. And, if you’re at all like me, maintaining perspective is daunting when assaults to our sense of decency are non-stop. I seem to be toughening up, however. I’m becoming more realistic, with an added touch of cynicism just to keep things…