Self development

A New Year for Our Neglected Democratic Infrastructure

December 20, 2016

We are gearing up it appears, if legislative forecasting for 2017 can be believed, for a big spend on the long-neglected infrastructure of highways and sewers and bridges. It took us decades to get to this mandate and let’s hope we intelligently add to our public assets. Democracy itself has a less visible infrastructure, but […]






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Year-end ‘Ingathering’

November 29, 2015

The Holiday breather is upon us. Not a breather entirely of course, as we will run around a lot trying to make it all happen again. Still, this time of year we often notice the difference in the air and in ourselves. We slow down and look back at our year, and we give thanks […]






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Are Boomers Tired of Retirement?

September 25, 2014

I have trained several hundred people in the past few years in the work of retirement planning. Many have been very ready to move ahead and enjoy or endure their last months of work. They were ready to plunge into this less-career-identified space we still most often call retirement. Others were somewhat ready and knew […]






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Simple is better, mostly

November 12, 2013

As I look back at my journey, I see that at times the choice to keep it simple worked out for the best, and at other times simple was a regression. When I stuck with simple love and kindness it generally served me. When my head would run out of avenues to pursue, when I […]






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Irish-American History as Soul Retrieval

September 16, 2013

In modern times, by definition, we emphasize progress and the future. The mindfulness movement is of course about the one eternal now. What, then, can the indigenous peoples of the world teach us with their emphasis on “the ancestors?” A whole lot and way more than we know. Here is my attempt to learn from […]






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