Think Out Loud

"We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey

Mmm, that’s good camel: on the pursuit of happiness

I’m obsessed with stories about much older people. I want to empathize with the thoughts and concerns of old age, because there are important clues there. Clues about what really … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

An education in suffering

In 2017 I traveled to Colombia to meet my biological family. One afternoon as I was standing in the courtyard of my paternal grandparents’ home, watching some local children assemble … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Getting Sick: A hero’s journey?

This past week I’ve been laid low with a vicious cold. My ear canals seemed to swell, sealing off the outside world and locking me in a painful bubble. The … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Social Media and the Creative Life

This is the sixth installment in the Meaningfulness Project series, an essay project devoted to exploring a sense of purpose through long-term commitment to core values.   We are living in the … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mastery: Scrutinizing a new passion for permaculture

This is the fifth installment in the Meaningfulness Project series, an essay project devoted to exploring a sense of purpose through long-term commitment to core values.  In an earlier post … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Meditation for People Who Hate It

This is the fourth installment in the Meaningfulness Project series, an essay project devoted to exploring a sense of purpose through long-term commitment to core values.   I’ve struggled a lot with … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 2 Comments