Your Authentic Life: Nothing to Apologize For

Your Authentic Life: Nothing to Apologize For

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Donna Carol Voss, in her own words, “a Berkeley grad, a former pagan, a Mormon on purpose, and an original thinker on twenty-first-century living.” She hosts “Nothing to Apologize For,” a show where she makes no apologies for talking about the…

Personal Transformation: Transformation or Transforming?

Personal Transformation: Transformation or Transforming?

Last week we saw Steven Fales’ award-winning one-man play, Confessions of a Mormon Boy.  Parts of his story resonated with my own life that I’ve described in my forthcoming memoir. The play takes us on Fales’ heartbreaking journey from being a devout Mormon and devoted father of two to coming…

Your Authentic Life: Holidays and Heart Flips

Your Authentic Life: Holidays and Heart Flips

Thanksgiving Day. While many of you sat around a table with family members on November 23rd, Ed and I tried something different. It was 92 degrees in Tucson that day. We sat at one of about a dozen tables temporarily set up in the interior courtyard of a large apartment…

Your Authentic Life: On Damnation

Your Authentic Life: On Damnation

Yesterday my 10-year-old grandson interviewed me for a school project. He had a list of questions about my ancestors, my childhood. His heritage. Where did your ancestors come from? Were there any naming traditions?  Where did you grow up? I responded and he took notes on his iPad.  So serious…

Personal Transformation:  Saying Goodbye

Personal Transformation: Saying Goodbye

Our tai chi master, Dr. Paul Lam, said something to us a few weeks ago at the end of a workshop we attended that has stuck with me:  “Endings are simply the moment of new beginnings.” I’ve always hated goodbyes. All the way back when I was a little kid…

Your Authentic Life: Myths

Your Authentic Life: Myths

I sat thinking about what I should write in this week’s blog when Ed approached me with an idea. “Why don’t you write about some common myths that have turned out to not be true in our lives,” he said. “What myths are you referring to?” I asked. “If you…

Personal Transformation: I Almost Lost it Yesterday

Personal Transformation: I Almost Lost it Yesterday

2:00 a.m. The hall light blasted into our room and our 7-year-old grandson stood in the doorway crying, “I can’t sleep.” I buried my face in the pillow, thinking this was a nightmare, but the loud wailing continued. Finally, I stumbled out into the hallway. “You’ll wake your brother. Please,…

Mindful Self-Care: Touch Hunger

Mindful Self-Care: Touch Hunger

Most of us aren’t being touched enough. In her book Touch (2001), Tiffany Field argued that many societies, ours among them, are dangerously touch-deprived, leading to an epidemic of what she referred to as “touch hunger.” When’s the last time someone touched you, other than maybe a handshake? Touch is…