Commentary

June 1, 2024

Finding Presence in the Wild: A Journey of Connection and Reflection

Finding Presence in the Wild: A Journey of Connection and Reflection Sometimes, we have a life-altering experience. For me, this happened when I visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. I was far away from daily engagement with news, politics, and my everyday routine. I wasn’t “totally” off the grid because […]
April 23, 2024

Embracing Kindness in a World of Uncertainty: Reflections from a Heartfelt Gathering

As many of you know, a few years ago Amanda Salzhauer and I co-authored THE KINDNESS ADVANTAGE. We were privileged to meet people from all over the country as we discussed how children can embody kindness considering the challenges they experience in the world. Much of our emphasis is what […]
April 3, 2024

Compassion in Everyday Moments: Choosing Understanding Over Judgment

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion Waiting in line at a grocery store a man […]
February 26, 2024

Not Sharing Concerns with Loved Ones for Fear of Being Shut Out

I have received many inquiries from people in different stages of their lives who have one thing in common. Each is hesitant to share concerns with loved ones for fear of being shut out. They describe feeling as if they “walk on eggshells”. They are afraid of risking asking personal […]
December 28, 2023

Giving Back – Making a Difference in 2024

As we enter 2024, the world around us continues to evolve, often in ways that challenge our comfort, safety, and understanding. In these moments, it’s natural to focus inward and attempt to safeguard our own well-being as well as that of our family and friends. However, this year I encourage […]
November 1, 2023

Companions in Golden Years: The Heartfelt Bond Between Our Older Selves and Pets

I was talking with a friend who has had dogs her whole life. She adores them and could have never imagined being without one. Until now. She needs to “put her beloved dog down” which, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, means euthanasia. If you have […]
September 10, 2023

Replace “anxious” with “aware”

Lately, in my conversations, I’ve found a recurring theme: individuals waking to a sense of unease, their minds clouded with relentless thoughts: “I wake up anxious. I have so much on my mind. I feel worried. I was never like this.” It’s a departure from their more peaceful mornings. And […]
August 5, 2023

Thoughts on Traveling in the Age of Cell Phones

Where would we be without our cell phones? For some, it’s feeling LOST. For others, it’s feeling FOUND. And for many, a bit of both, experiencing a mix of disorientation, disruption, relief, and relaxation, each with their own unique descriptions. Recently, I traveled outside of the US, and to my […]