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We Need Our Tribes

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This tendency to form ourselves into groups is written into us, a carryover from our earliest days, when belonging to a group meant that we had a much better chance of survival. Left to our own devices on the savanna, … Continue reading

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The I Am Everything Delusion

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We are born into delusion. Our earliest thoughts lead us to believe that we’re the most important people in the world. Why wouldn’t we think that? Our parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors and friends all coo at us … Continue reading

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Ain’t No Sunshine In My Life

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I’ve been avoiding the sun for years, having contracted skin cancer half a dozen times. My doctors have warned me about its deleterious effects, and I took them seriously. Still do. And yet… Most if not all of us feel … Continue reading

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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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