Monthly Archives: December 2010

Rules and Incentives are Strangling Society

Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore College psychology and economics professor, tells us how rules and incentives undermine society and make us feel like we’ve got to shower the grime of immorality off our skins at the end of every day. “Rules and … Continue reading

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Breathing Into the New Year, ctd.

Continuing in the effort to center for the new year, let me ask you this question: How many birds are there at Squaw Creek? The answer: Bunches and bunches and bunches. The large blob in the tree and the blob … Continue reading

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Breathing Into the New Year, ctd.

Another photo to remind us to breathe into the new year and let go of our obsession with ourselves. From the Squaw Creek Refuge near Mound City, Missouri, a view of the muskrat mounds. I had no idea they were … Continue reading

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A Heron and Breathing Into the New Year

This is the second of my posts about centering and nature. We darn near ran off the road when we spotted this heron at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. May we all breathe calmly into the new year. If … Continue reading

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The Goodness of Centering

What goes into becoming good? Is it being born with the right heart? The right thoughts? The right parents? Or is goodness a quality that we constantly struggle to find? Today I called Blue Cross & Blue Shield about renewing … Continue reading

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Brene Brown Answers My Questions

Storyteller and social work researcher Brene Brown has just answered the central questions of my quest for goodness, or at least most of them. I have asked: What is goodness? What enables human beings to be good? What trips us … Continue reading

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Christians May Irk, but Christmas Doesn’t

I am well-known for my disagreements with Christianity and certain Christians. Christmas, though, just melts my heart. There’s the fact that presents are involved, and I do love presents. But there’s something else about Christmas that snared me when I … Continue reading

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