I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020
In my last post, I told you that I would let you know what I thought about Colson Whitehead’s latest book, The Nickel Boys. It was the first book I checked out since the Wake County Library System had begun no-contact checking out books on hold since the beginning of the coronavirus shutdown. I had … More Book Review: The Nickel Boys
In the best news I’ve heard in quite a while, today that international treasure, J.K. Rowling, announced that she was going to release a new book she has written, a chapter or two at at time, every weekday starting today and running through July 10th. It is a children’s story called The Ickabog, and it … More A New J.K. Rowling Book? It’s Just What We Need During Coronavirus Time
I don’t use Google as my search engine due to its lack of privacy protections, but I do enjoy their doodles. There is a particularly fun one today (May 21, 2020) dedicated to the Mbira, a traditional instrument from Zimbabwe. If you click on the arrow, you get an animation that explains a lot about … More Play a Virtual Mbira on Google Today
The literature classes that I teach for middle and high school students ended this week, and Sunday is Mother’s Day. I decided to acknowledge these two occasions by staying in bed late this morning to finish reading a wonderful book, Circe by Madeline Miller. In The Odyssey, Circe, the so-called “witch of Aiaia,” is one … More Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller
I hear a lot of people say, especially during this time of global pandemic, that they don’t follow the news because if they do, they can’t maintain their spiritual mindset. But is that true? Does a deep engagement in spiritual practice require turning away from the ills of society? After all, two of the greatest … More Online Talk Series on Combining Spiritual Practice and Social Activism Starts Tonight
It is Day 4 of the Shannon Plummer and Bob Sima “Music as Spiritual Practice” experience, and today’s practice is Stillness. I have to say this morning’s activity had a little less impact on me personally than the previous days because I do follow a pretty consistent pattern of building stillness experiences into my day … More Synchronicity
What would you do if you found out you had inoperable cancer and only had a few months to live? Would you commit to a heavy regimen of chemotherapy and medical treatment? Would you work with a naturapath to transform your diet? Would you continue your tradition of starting off the day by eating two … More Book Review: 100 Days of Happiness
My last blog post was about comedy, but this one is about tragedy. Because as much as I’m committed to bliss, that doesn’t mean ignoring the pain and sadness related to events that produce international grieving. I’m referring, of course, to the May 22nd suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, England. … More What Do We Tell Our Children?
If you could get coaching from anyone in the world about how to create joy in our current stress-filled world, who would you choose?
I’ll give you a moment to think about it….
… More The Book of Joy