Category Perspective

A few days in Seattle

A week of business meetings was the reason for the trip, but outside of work is where all the real action was.  I toured Amazon’s famous newly opened spheres; visited not one but two of my favorite nurseries to restock plants at the house; won an “Iron Chef” style competition by simply deep frying everything […]

A thought on how I want to live

If you’re looking for a non-scriptural book full of wisdom and spiritual insight, I’d suggest the poetry of the 14th Century Persian poet Hafiz.  Amanda gave me this collection translated by Daniel Ladinsky for Christmas and I’ve been savoring it ever since.  This poem, for example, is one I need to sit with longer and […]

I wrote a poem the day you left

I wrote a poem the day you left because my heart was breaking and I could not speak only hold you — let you hold me — and weep Gentlest man, so beset by monsters whose selfless love comforts with a compassing arm and nestled head I wish you would stay I wish you could stay […]

Thief in the night

My iPhone was stolen tonight. I had just alighted from the bus and paused on the sidewalk to finish reading an email, when around the building (on the sidewalk, far from the street) zoomed two guys on a motorcycle who snatched the phone from my hand and sped off. Bystanders expressed a moment’s sympathy and […]

Table Rock

When everyone feels stir crazy but not yet ready for more left-overs, you head to the hills to stand in the wind and watch the sun set.

Someplace arctic

Ten hour flight to San Francisco on an ancient United Airlines plane. “It’s being retired next week,” the flight attendant cheerily announced.  No personalized entertainment screens. No power station at the seats.  And halfway through they replaced the action movies with cat videos. I kid you not. So I got a ton of work done, […]

Resilience

Let’s say you were chopped to the ground, uprooted, flown across the Atlantic, and buried in foreign soil.  How long would it take before you dusted yourself off and pressed on with your life?  As you think about your answer, please consider that it has taken my shamrock less than a week (see the story). […]