Tears roll down Maya’s cheek as she brings her orange dupatta to her face and dabs at her eye. Her cheek quivers as she stares down at the tray of fruit sitting on her lap. When she looks up, our eyes connect. I place my hand on her knee and tell her that we don’t […]
Archives for March 2012
FATHER’S WAKE Yesterday, we buried apa, my father. Today, I sit with people I do not know. Attend a Mother’s Day brunch at the Hungarian Church hall. Courtland township beside Lake Erie. Muddy, unpaved roads: listening to the cimbalom. The zither. Only yesterday we were singing a requiem to him. “Your father bought the tickets,” […]
Recently I heard a TedX talk (see below) delivered by Nipun Mehta about “Giftivism”, a made-up word which he defines as “The practice of radically generous acts that change the world”. As a social entrepreneur, he’s come up with several novel ways to make money as he practices generosity.
Greg Smith, now a former Goldman Sachs executive director, made a very public resignation in the New York Times that raises the question: Is there a right and wrong way to resign from a position? We can all probably agree that with a few minor changes to the text, this letter could be used by […]
My middle of the night wake-up call to nurse our eight-month old usually comes around 3:30. It’s never loud or shrill, just a little cry out to let me know a little milk and a cuddle is in order. I tie back my hair, put on my glasses and snuggly robe and pad to the […]
Two years ago my friend, Nicole, took her own life. How do I feel about that? Annoyed! Not angry, just annoyed. Annoyed that she did not find a way out of that situation. Annoyed she wasted her life. She was an intelligent woman. Even if she wasn’t happy with her own life she could have […]
Westminster Abbey, a Benedictine monastery and Catholic seminary in Mission B.C., had been on my mind for some months before I contacted the Guestmaster and made arrangements for a three-day retreat at the end of February. I am writing a novel that is partly set in a monastery—the protagonist is a young seminarian and, much […]
I’m heading into a meeting and think the rock in my shoe might as well stay outside. I lean against the building in the cool evening air, remove my shoe, tip it upside down, put it back on, and find the sharp, annoying pebble is still there. I repeat the process. Only this time I […]
Crunchy and full of flavor, kale chips can take the place of your packaged dead potato chips. It’s a super-food that’s super simple to prepare.
Today let’s talk about being responsible. Have you ever felt like you were being too responsible? Taking care of things that other people should be dealing with for themselves?