Newsletter Archive

November 2017 • Art and Science

November 2017 • Art and Science

The hardest of sciences, physics, says there is no way to absolutely determine anything, that the very act of observation changes the situation. That the ... read more

October 2017 • Questioning Answers

October 2017 • Questioning Answers

Where do you go to learn good questions? What school teaches the art of asking? How do you wander just far enough off your map of the world to see with ... read more

September 2017  • Information is Not Knowledge

September 2017 • Information is Not Knowledge

Just because we “know” something does not mean we understand. What’s more, thinking we know something usually disconnects our sense of inquisitiveness and ... read more

August 2017 • Heart and Mind

August 2017 • Heart and Mind

At some point in the course of Western culture we decided that the mind and the body were two different things that had little to do with each other. Some ... read more

July 2017 • What is the question that wants to be answered?

July 2017 • What is the question that wants to be answered?

Not the one that burns, but rather the one that smolders under the ashes and forgetfulness of the painful moments of disruption and disconnection that sow ... read more

June 2017 • Reference Experiences

June 2017 • Reference Experiences

They are the guiding stars by which we navigate our values, preferences, goals and aspirations. They as much open a world to us as they close us off from ... read more

May 2017 • Stress is Good for You

May 2017 • Stress is Good for You

Stress is the invitation to grow beyond the bounds we’ve set for ourselves. Stress challenges the way we’ve defined safety, goodness and right. It’s easy ... read more

May 2017 • Glimpses of Taiwan

May 2017 • Glimpses of Taiwan

Here are a few short snippets of some things that seem to constantly tickle my funny bone. You'd think I'd be used to it by now and it would have blended ... read more

May 2017 • Snapshot Taiwan – Finding the Flow

May 2017 • Snapshot Taiwan – Finding the Flow

For ordinary folks, scooters are the best kind transportation in Taiwan. Not only do they, like water trickling merrily through rocks, percolate up to the ... read more

April 2017 • Taiwan Edition – Look Deeper

April 2017 • Taiwan Edition – Look Deeper

When you first look at Taipei it appears to a jumble of concrete, an unhinged collage of brick, sheet metal, and confusion. To the unaccustomed eye it ... read more

March 2017 • There Are No Straight Lines in Nature

March 2017 • There Are No Straight Lines in Nature

Nature expands in circles and cycles. Seeds aren’t square; they’re oval, round or starburst pentagons. Roots, branches and rivers wander and bifurcate, and read more

February 2017 • Recognizing Vitality

February 2017 • Recognizing Vitality

We are sold the image of vitality as that of youth and physical vigor. It’s true there is a physical substrate to being whole-heartedly embodied in this ... read more

January 2017 • Strange Comforts

January 2017 • Strange Comforts

Discounting our quirks is easy. We write them off as the residue from a particular kind of childhood or traumatizing experience. But if you look under the ... read more

December 2016 • Smart Pain & Dumb Pain

December 2016 • Smart Pain & Dumb Pain

The wisdom of many traditions says that pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. Dumb pain surely brings suffering. Smart pain opens a path of liberation. read more

November 2016 • The Space Between Yes and No

November 2016 • The Space Between Yes and No

Between “yes” and “no” is a space. It floats untethered by judgment or habit, unrestrained by pronouncements of good and bad, mine and yours, or even ... read more

October 2016 • The Tyranny of Consistency

October 2016 • The Tyranny of Consistency

We want to make sense to ourselves, string together with a thread of consistency our experiences and the meanings we make of them. Have a sense of being ... read more

September 2016 • Physiology Does Not Forget

September 2016 • Physiology Does Not Forget

Our body remembers every trauma, hurt, burst of laughter, feeling of embarrassment and moment of delight. Our body remembers the pains we set aside at the ... read more

August 2016 • Patience and Perseverance

August 2016 • Patience and Perseverance

Perseverance brings an active principle to patience, a sense of movement behind the enforced stillness. Perseverance allows us to sniff out opportunity ... read more

July 2016 • Mistaken

July 2016 • Mistaken

We sometimes need a reminder to bring us present to the depth and breadth of a situation, a wake-up call that says we’ve left something out. Perhaps ... read more

June 2016 • Getting Lost for Lunch

June 2016 • Getting Lost for Lunch

In 2003, Beijing was home to 26 million souls. Its fractal grid would morph from broad boulevards to local thoroughfares to capillary thin hutong alleys. ... read more

May 2016 • Put Yourself In Front of It

May 2016 • Put Yourself In Front of It

Making a difference rarely is the result of stunningly bright talent alone. Genius and the odd bent of ability, while useful, will only serve for a portion read more

April 2016 • Time is a Curious Solvent

April 2016 • Time is a Curious Solvent

Our views and perspectives seem stable, even as the winds of uncertainty blow at the edges of our awareness. We experience ourselves with a homeostatic ... read more

March 2016 • Unlearning

March 2016 • Unlearning

Unlearning is the ability to recognize and take apart a groove-worn habit, comfortable mental construct, long-held belief or increasingly wobbly emotional ... read more

February 2016 • Falling Together or Falling Apart?

February 2016 • Falling Together or Falling Apart?

It can be difficult to tell the difference between when things are falling apart and when they are falling together. A closer look often reveals that the ... read more

January 2016 • Learning by Heart

January 2016 • Learning by Heart

Learning by heart requires a loose hand on the biases, beliefs and preferences. A wild willingness to be wrong, and cheerful about it. A curiously ... read more

December 2015 • What Else Is There?

December 2015 • What Else Is There?

It can get uncomfortable when we tune into our own contradictions. But it also makes life more vivid as we cozy up to the "impossible." And at times it ... read more

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