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2 Poems Fir Yew

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The Sessile Pioneer I used to call my pine tree Shane I just liked the name It was one heck of a conifer too Tall and broad, not an ounce of fat on it But it finally moved After threatening … Continue reading

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Waiting for Catastrophes

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Pick a problem, any problem. It doesn’t matter which one. It just needs to be a relatively big problem, like a bad job or relationship, climate change or political divisiveness, the opioid epidemic or gun violence. Okay, now that we’ve … Continue reading

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Live in the Present?

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We’re often advised to live in the present. Don’t dwell on the past because you can’t change it. Don’t worry about the future because it may never come to pass. Live in the moment because this is all the time … Continue reading

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Understanding Value

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The other day, shortly after I finished reading a biography on Vincent van Gogh’s life, I was chatting with my friend Jack about it and I mentioned how strange it seemed to me that van Gogh’s works had become so … Continue reading

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Marriage, Partnerships and Family

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Each of us has a natural state, a place we’re most comfortable inhabiting. We don’t necessarily stay there, and that state can change over time, but we all tend to lean toward isolation or company at various times in our … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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We chase happiness. We hunt it down like predators. And when we finally catch it, we worry it in our jaws, shaking it back and forth until it slips away. Something else comes along to distract us. Another shiny bauble … Continue reading

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Get Friendly, People

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Our lives, over the past twenty-five years or so, have become increasingly hectic, almost frenetic. The demands of home, work and even such simple things as commuting have grown, eating away at more and more of our time until we … Continue reading

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Should Everyone Have an Equal Voice?

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Do we all deserve to be listened to equally? Or do some of us deserve more heft? In a perfect world, where everyone gave equal thought to every issue, where worries about universal health care took up the same amount … Continue reading

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Everyone Is a Contrarian

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It seems odd to make this pronouncement. After all, if everyone is a contrarian, then how can there be a majority viewpoint on anything? But here’s the qualifier: not everyone is a contrarian on all issues. We are only contrarians … Continue reading

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Why Definitions Matter

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Definitions are vital. No matter what you’re trying to convey, you need to know how others define what it is you’re talking about. People often believe that it’s easy to know a definition and that once you do, everyone who … Continue reading

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