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Category Archives: reflection

Where Does Joy Fit In to Courage?

We’re claiming 2018 as a year of courage. As our new book, The Courage Way, arrives in the world this week, may it expand your sense of courage and possibility. We must assume our existence as broadly as we in any way can; everything, even the unheard-of, must be possible in it. That is at bottom the  Continue Reading »

How will you measure your courage this year?

How will you measure this year in your life? In the truths you discover? How about love? Or courage? Let’s make this a whole year of courage — and then some! Proficiency It takes 10,000 hours, they say, to become a virtuoso. 10,000 hours of scales, of drills, of stretching toward the details of a  Continue Reading »

Finding Tempo Giusto

I’m what you would call a typical morning person. My energy peaks before noon. For night-owls, this behavior is a total mystery. I’m equally in awe of those who are able to have intellectual conversations after 9 o’clock pm. I prefer watching the sun rise. Ideas flow easily pre-dawn, and I treasure the spaciousness of uninterrupted  Continue Reading »

Finding the Wisdom to Survive Despite Sorrows

Where do you find courage, hope and renewal each day? A poem by Wendell Barry provides a clue.

Lessons in Scarcity and Abundance with a Deer

We have the best soil in New York State. In fact, it’s literally the state soil. I didn’t know there was such a thing until we moved into our place 17 years ago. At that time, our neighbor would wander over and say, “Our soil is rich. It’s almost too rich.” I’d smile. How can  Continue Reading »

How do you fortify your heart in hard times?

Music can offer sustenance in hard times, especially when songs — and the singing — are a shared experience. We invite you to post your favorite “soul fortifying” songs to make a shared soundtrack together.

Poised Between the Known and Unknown

“If you find yourself poised between the known and the unknown, between what has been and what comes next, we invite you to join us for a weekend retreat to explore the theme of threshold.” That was me, poised between the known and unknown. In 1994 my wife, Melinda Shaw, and I founded the Puget Sound  Continue Reading »

Seizing Teachable Moments: An African-American Professor’s Reflections of Conversations on Race and Culture with White Students

  Over the past twelve years, I have functioned in the capacity of both adjunct faculty and National Faculty at Lesley University, a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I have had the distinct pleasure of teaching courses across the United States for the division of Creative Arts in Learning (CAL) as a part of the  Continue Reading »

Wanna’ know how to cope with climate change? Start with changing yourself.

Courage & Renewal facilitator Mardi Tindal reflects on her calling to be a voice for climate change, whether in her official capacity that took her to the Paris COP21 climate talks, or in her more recent role in life as an elder.

How Do You Show Up?

When I was a child growing up in the Gulf Coast of Texas I lived through three large hurricanes that brought significant flooding to my community. So I watched in horror as Hurricane Harvey descended on Houston and environs, and as South Asia lost over a thousand people to their flooding disaster. My family was  Continue Reading »