Why Look Back to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism?

Right. Why look back to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism? Huh? Why would we want to return to one of the last Roman Emperors and a Greek philosophy which personified rigorous self-denial, extreme fortitude and emotional indifference? One of the very first books I devoured as a college undergrad was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. A college professor … [Read more]

Looking for Heroes in All the Wrong Places

We have all spent time doing it: Looking for heroes in all the wrong places. Our movies and music reflect and sometimes magnify that desire to find someone who is an authentic hero. While watching Wonder Woman, we love imagining a woman with extraordinary physical and mental abilities. Maybe even a little identification with her. … [Read more]

Sleeping With Seymour-Our Lab/ Pug Mix Rescue Dog

“This is the new dog?  I thought you wanted another Dobie?” “Yes, this is Seymour. Yes, I did want another Doberman.” Kori, owner of the dog food store called Max’s, smiled as she looked at my new boy who looks as if maybe one day-maybe- his body will catch up to his big lab head, … [Read more]

Could You Do That? Sacrifice Yourself?

“Could you do that?” The implication of the question: “Could you sacrifice yourself? My friend and I were watching the recently released film, Megan Leavey and were asking one another if we could lead a platoon of marines as they crossed an IED riddled land which looks like the face of the moon: Afghanistan. The true story … [Read more]

Got A Minute? To Figure Out What to Do With the Rest of Your Life?

Got a minute? Figuring out what to do with the rest of our lives shouldn’t be difficult, right? And yet, we know scores of people who feel trapped in a dead-end job or loveless marriage or say they have no reason to get out of bed in the mornings. Keep reading and you’ll find that … [Read more]