I'm joining Service Space because ... I love the sanity it brings into my life. It inspires me to do more, be more and lend what talents I have such as writing.
A good day to me is when ... I am mindful that God uses me to express Itself in the world.
My hero in life is ...Eleanor Roosevelt
My favorite book is ...Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics, My Stroke of Insight, The Inspired Heart, so many more
One thing I'm grateful for is ... Indoor plumbing.
Mar 05, 2014, 4 smiles Meet the College Student Who's Turning Campus Leftovers Into Meals for Thousands of Hungry Neighbors - YouTube At a time where fixes to America's biggest problems often seem too complex, littered with red tape and protocol, college students across the nation are mobil...
Feb 13, 2014, 5 smiles It’s a great day when science and our spirit can agree on something: altruistic thoughts and actions are not only good for others but good for our health and longevity. Just ask Melina Uncapher, Ph.D. who gets to investigate how our behaviors and thoughts interact with our anatomy and physiology. By exploring the brain, we can create practical applications for better living. At the Stanford Memory Lab, where the possibilities for exploration are seemingly endless, she and her colleagues can show us that people with elevated levels of stress have elevated levels of inflammation. But through acts of altruism and compassion, the body releases stress and inflammation declines. They are teaching women with stage-four breast cancer how to enhance their internal locus of control, helping them feel more empowered and find more meaning in their circumstances. They are studying the effects of multitasking with media on our attention and ... Read Full Story
Feb 12, 2014, 1 smiles An Invitation for Practical Dreamers Idealist.org sent me this very cool invitation to join a new movement of theirs. You can read about it at their link. It is an effort to connect people and ideas to help change happen in a more practical way.
Feb 03, 2014, 1 comments, 2 smiles “In discovering the innocence of children, we discover something of the design of the Universe or the Earth. So to become educated is to become in harmony with the beauty of that design and the empathy that design requires.” This pretty much sums up Jon Madian’s bead on education at its best. Far from didactic, it is it interactive, “inner-active,” and juicy in the joy of discovering things with others. Jon has worked in many professions. But he came to work in education through synchronicity. One day he spotted a young boy observing the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, California. In that moment, a story was born. The working title was Building with Love. In it the young protagonist comes to appreciate how a lone Italian man, Simon Rodia, would take junk and create something wondrous and monumental from it, lending a hand along the way. “It became a ... Read Full Story
Jan 28, 2014, 2 comments, 6 smiles I was deeply saddened to learn this morning that the iconic folksinger and civil rights/environmental activist Pete Seeger died at 94. What a life of contribution! The New York Times obituary ended with a most fitting remark: "Through the years, Mr. Seeger remained determinedly optimistic. 'The key to the future of the world,' he said in 1994, 'is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.' "
Jan 22, 2014 Janice Marturano did not expect to become a champion of mindfulness for leaders. She was enjoying her role as Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel at General Mills at a time when they were buying another company. She imagined the engineering of the merger would take six months of hard work. Eighteen grueling months later and having lost both of her parents during that time, she found her life completely altered and herself missing from it. But then she took a one-week intensive meditation retreat for executives with Jon Kabat-Zinn, which she just happened to spot on the web. “That was the beginning of a journey that would eventually lead me to seeing the way this training deeply affects leadership excellence.” How did she make the leap from her personal experience of mindfulness to teaching others in a leadership capacity? “For two or three years I ... Read Full Story
Jan 05, 2014, 3 smiles “Us versus them” is not a paradigm that Jacques Verduin buys into. As the founder and director of the prison program Insight-Out, he believes that prison serves a purpose for people who cannot contain themselves when they act dangerously, but he has also learned that none of us is much different from the incarcerated. When a culture schizophrenically glorifies violence and discounts feelings, we project our own discomfort, fear, and rage onto others and must lock away the part of ourselves we don’t want to deal with. Paying a debt to society is one thing; being abandoned by it is quite another. “The Navajo have a way of describing someone who has committed a crime: he or she who acts as if they have no relatives,” he says. Jacques is painfully aware of the ugly statistics: one in 107 Americans are in prison; one in eight black males between ... Read Full Story
Jan 05, 2014, 2 comments, 10 smiles Here's a fluffy but fun story of accidental generosity. I went to get my hair styled yesterday. I always bring the picture of how I want it to look, and I always leave so NOT looking like the picture. Yesterday I had a new stylist, and I braced myself for another disappointing cut. "Do you want your hair to look exactly like this?" she asked. "Yes!!" I replied emphatically. So she pulled out a comb-like razor and began sculpting my hair. I was delighted. Unexpectedly she smiled and sighed with deep satisfaction. "Thank you," she said to me as she continued her styling. "Why?" I asked, perplexed. "I've been doing the same hair cut all day long. This is the first chance I've had to be creative." Who knew one's vanity could be a gift for another :-)
Nov 15, 2013, 6 comments, 12 smiles Recent circumstances necessitate the selling of my house. It is hard, to be sure, but clearly I'm on the right path because so much good that I never would have imagined is coming of this. Top on the list is this: I called a heating and cooling company to get a quote on an oil to gas burner conversion, thinking it might enhance the sale. Allen Nathan came by and told me the furnace was in great shape, why was I interested in changing it? When I told him his eyes grew large. "You're selling the house??? My son is looking to buy a house! Did you list it yet?" I told him no, and voila! They are buying it. I have been praying all along that only someone with a good heart would buy it; my neighbors deserve a good neighbor in return. The Nathans are the best of ... Read Full Story