Useful

I am uneasy about the way we tend to value people by their perceived usefulness. On the one hand I measure my success at work by how useful I am to my clients.  And dearly wish that my friends benefit from knowing me. On the other hand, an overdeveloped drive to be...

An Intimate Conversation

The following words are not my own.  They came by email from a dear friend and fellow artist after a long lunch together.  When I read them I felt so seen and known that I could have wept with relief.  I am sharing them here because he so perfectly captured a dilemma...

She's a Sorceress

I have a new friend named Elenna who wears a wooly horned cap everywhere. She looks like an Avatar who has crossed over from a virtual reality. Which is not surprising because creating alternate realities is her day job. She reminds me of my Dungeons and Dragons days...

It's Not That Complicated

There is so much to be dismayed about in the world, but one thing that encourages me is how more and more of us are starting to stand up for equality among people – for women and children and people of different genders and races and people with different...

Meaning and Purpose in a Random Universe

Sometimes in my daydreams I catch a glimpse of ultimate reality. But then I try to capture it and it slips through the tattered net of my mind. Still, even a momentary revelation can be blinding. Today I saw so clearly that life is a miracle. And my life a particular...