The Thing Itself

“…it is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we — I mean all human beings — are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth … More The Thing Itself

Pass the Mic

How do we empower the people we call the voiceless?  Pass the mic.  – Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.com, June 2016  panel at the White House’s United State of Women Summit An editorial piece by Lionel Shriver caught my eye in the Tampa Bay Times this morning.  Not familiar with Shriver’s work or immediately with the … More Pass the Mic

Played for Fools

I’m well aware that we have a very human tendency to think we’re being open minded when we’re mostly supporting our own existing world views.  Buster Bensen did a great piece on the issue of cognitive bias over on Better Humans recently and even provided a handy “cheat sheet” for improved self-awareness. But even with … More Played for Fools

An Epiphany on Race

Yesterday afternoon I accidentally cut off another shopper with my cart on the way out of the store. I took my own advice about better connecting with people, looked directly at her, smiled apologetically and said, “I’m sorry!” The woman gave me an unmistakable glare of disapproval and stalked past me without a word and out the … More An Epiphany on Race

Beyond #Hashtags and Petitions: Time for a Change of Meme

“We’re left heartbroken yet again in the wake of deadly acts of violence against police and our fellow citizens. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of all those whose lives were taken.” said a note from Change.org that I found in my mailbox. “Together, ” it went on to say, “we at Change.org … More Beyond #Hashtags and Petitions: Time for a Change of Meme

Shift Happens

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you … More Shift Happens