December 14, 2017

Other than the intellectual meaning of the word orphan, I have no real knowledge of what it means to be an orphan. I’ve never had a friend who was one or spoken to someone who had lived through the experience. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is about the dark side...

April 13, 2017

I’ve had a fascination with India for a while now so when a friend suggested I read Shantaram, which is based in Bombay, I jumped at the chance. She loved the book and thought I would too. The author, Gregory David Roberts, loosely bases the story on his own life. And...

March 9, 2017

My sister thinks I have thick skin. I call it an opportunity, or practice. I'm trying to help someone who is in dire need and I'm working really hard at it but not in the way you may expect. It's more emotional work for me. Here's why.

My friend, let's call her Cait, is...

August 6, 2015

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


I stood there, all 5 feet 9 inches, looking at the boss who was sitting at his desk. Though he is a small man to begin with and despite the fact that by standing I was towering o...

July 23, 2015

The term love with conviction grew out of a talk about how people who hated acted with conviction. To counter that hate we have to make a conscious choice for love. It’s possible through a spiritual practice using the tools of forgiveness and meditation.


However, I bet...

July 16, 2015

To combat the hate in the world we have to love deeply, and more deeply than the ‘haters’ hate. In fact, we need to love with conviction. Anna, one of my readers, made the comment last week that “hate is exhausting, Love is rewarding.” The rewards come through a spirit...

January 2, 2015


The New Year brings the opportunity to remember Magnificent You and the miracles that your love and forgiveness can bring with each dawn.


I wish for you a year that is filled with your light, growing with each new day, spreading far and wide.


I hope you remember all t...

August 21, 2014

The Korean gentleman had walked around all the goods we had left for sale and stopped by the music player. Paul had put on one of his favorite classical music CDs and this gentleman asked him if he was a musician. Paul was a little surprised and being a musician said y...

August 14, 2014

My friend Jen is a real estate agent. Through her work she meets all sorts of people and one day she was telling me a little about the variety of personalities that she had encountered. One couple in particular caught my attention because they were blind.


“You mean onl...

April 24, 2014

CNN, better known as Constantly Negative News, actually published an inspiring story on forgiveness in a most unlikely place. It is about Balal, an Iranian in his 20's, who is about to be executed. The story is told through the lens of photographer Arash Khamooshi. May...

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