April 3, 2020

Faces of Compassion

A couple months ago in LA, I heard my son and his friends talking about the changes they’ve noticed since they took up a gratitude practice — the one where every day you write down ten things you are grateful for. I felt happy for them even as this thought flitted by, “Oh yes, did that years ago. My practice is more sophisticated now.”  Yeah, right! In fact, the gratitude muscle is like every other muscle … only regular exercise keeps it strong. And now seems like a great time to give it a workout.   So, today I’m grateful for: My much cleaner closets, […]
January 21, 2020

Collecting Smiles

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”  Mother Theresa It’s September 1970 and I’m at an all-day rock festival. In between bands they are blasting the music of Jimi Hendrix because we’d just lost him.  A few hours earlier, as I walked out the door, my dad had looked up from his paper long enough to roll his eyes. You see, I am wearing a sheet. Well, it would never function as a sheet again, as I’d cut a hole in the middle for my head, painted flowers on it […]