21 Things that Make Me Happy

March 21. Twenty-one things that make me happy: Pics of my kids. A freshly made bed. Mugs. Things just taste better—heartier—lovelier in mugs. Babies. A perfect shave. Silver white winters that melt into spring. Admiring the talents of others, talents…

Another 10 Things That Make Me Happy

For the last few years, I have created a personal tradition. On October 10th (10/10), I make a simple list of 10 things that make me happy, things I am grateful for. And also part of the tradition is to…

Sounds Like Kindness

I recently posted on my Facebook page the meme featured here with a quote by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I added the question, “What do you think of this, friends?” A hearty conversation ensued. And I am generally quite…

It Needs to Look Like Love

Yesterday, I posted the following on my Facebook page: How would you advise someone whose lover a) demands strict adherence to a set of rules or else, and b) uses life’s disappointments and tragedies as ways of getting their attention, and…

15 Things That Make Me Happy

  My monthly gratitude list: Emails, notes, text-messages and phone calls from my kids. Every evening, a man who lives in an apartment across the street from my building in San Diego is out front with his broom and dustpan,…

Weary of the threat. In love with the miracle.

“What sorrow awaits you.”  This is a phrase recorded in the Gospels, and attributed to Jesus.  He said it over and over and over. Do you know who the “you” is?  Who has sorrow awaiting them–in Christ’s eyes? In Matthew…