Anne Applebaum on how authoritarians are willing to destroy their countries to maintain power.
With best wishes for a hopeful, purposeful, and joyful 2022, as we work toward a better future.
Writers with online platforms you can turn to for help in providing clarity and context for our times.
Rebecca Solnit suggests that no matter life’s challenges, we need to smell the roses along the way.
Joy is too often dislocated, as if there could be no simple pleasures which are not really about cash.
Moving at the speed of life as we walk, we touch the earth, transforming and healing ourselves.
Yesterday we took a walk through Brookside Gardens. It was a beautiful fall day, the colors were vibrant, and the air was clean. Along the path were small signs of “Garden Mindfulness” with reminders to “feel the air moving across your skin” and to “bring awareness to those parts of the body where you could feel the wind.” After a while we came upon a labyrinth placed in a tranquil meadow setting. As I slowly walked the curving stone path, I recalled the rules and morals of the practice from my reading of Rebecca Solnit’s delightful book Wanderlust: A History of Walking. “…sometimes you have to turn your back on your goal to get there, sometimes you’re farthest away when you’re closest, sometimes the only way is the long one. After the careful walking and looking down, the stillness of arrival was deeply moving.” In these troubled times, we are all on a difficult journey. It is important to recall that sometimes the only way is the long one. Work that is meaningful takes time …
Comfort is often a code word for the right to be unaware.
The world wants to categorize and pigeonhole love. But coming from a place of abundance, where there is room for everyone, “There’s so much other work love has to do in the world.”
It is time, once again, when I first look back over the past twelve months and then think ahead to where I want to go in the year to come. This annual review is one small part of a larger practice to have an honest conversation with myself in the hopes that I’ll then be able to have real conversations with the larger world. During 2019, I’ve thought a great deal about place, privilege, and—given the tenor of the times—paths forward individually as well as collectively. Why place? My career has been focused on older and historic places, what those places can tell us, and how they can nurture us (or not) into the future. Although I took a gap year from full-time work in 2019, I didn’t stop thinking about my life’s work. Knowing that emotions flow through place, in my writing over this year I’ve focused more on the buildings and landscapes in our cities and towns that, while coming from my professional life, also have deep personal meaning for me. Why privilege? …