About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... its good for me, its good for you, and its fun :-)

A good day to me is when ... I get to serve, sit, exercise, hug, listen, and love

My hero in life is ...Dr. V; and many of my friends!

My favorite book is ...The Great Disciples of Buddha; Autobiography of a Yogi

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I have a great idea about doing something beautiful

Nuggets From Michael Dowd's Call

Oct 04, 2020, 2 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Michael Dowd. Rev. Michael Dowd is a Christian minister, author, and eco-theologian. He is known as a bridge builder connecting liberals and conservatives, religious and non-religious people, science and religion. He shows how a sacred view of Big History, human nature, and death can inspire each of us to live with greater joy, integrity, purpose, and passion. He accepts the "doom" predicament of modern human civilization, and engages in efforts to give voice to this context, along with his perspectives on a “Christian response”, grounded in compassion and goodwill. He supports audiences in transcending belief systems in a way that deepens connection to the core of their faith. This call will focus on his most recent “post-doom” work. What is overshoot, and how does it connect to a Christian minister? How can one become resilient in a way that is ... Read Full Story

Nuggets From Jacques Verduin & Lama Tsomo's Call

Sep 09, 2020, 1 comments, 2 smiles This Wednesday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Jacques Verduin & Lama Tsomo. It was a timely conversation exploring insights, tools and practices to support ourselves and our communities in these times. For many of us, the pandemic has constrained our movements and confined our interactions -- turning our homes into seeming prisons. Many regions are also plagued with fires, hurricanes and other circumstances that force people into even greater lockdown in homes that may no longer feel safe. In conversation with Jacques Verduin, an expert in prison rehabilitation and Founding Director and Minister of Transformation of Insight-Out as well as the Founder of its GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) Program, and Lama Tsomo, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, we’ll explore questions such as: How do we remain sane in lockdown? How can we remain lifted up when everything around us seems to push us down? How does ... Read Full Story

Tools Of Transformation When On Lockdown

Sep 06, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Tools Of Transformation When On LockdownReflection questions: What are some of the tools and practices that you turn to for upliftment during the lockdown of this pandemic?

Nuggets From Laura Riccardi Lyvers's Call

Aug 18, 2020, 1 comments, 1 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Laura Riccardi Lyvers. Laura Riccardi Lyvers is a biodynamic preparation maker, gardener, and grazier. She runs the biodynamic program at Foxhollow Farm, a 1400-acre grass-fed beef farm in Crestwood, Kentucky. She also supports other gardens, vineyards and compost companies as one of the few regional makers of biodynamic preparations. Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition (championed by scientist/philosopher Rudolf Steiner) that seeks to integrate science with a recognition of spirit in nature. For Laura, her work has been a healing path -- "a way of approaching agriculture that acknowledges the spiritual, or the non-physical, that stands behind this material world that we work with." The approach allows her to work with "the spirit in matter" -- "working with, not just believing in, a spirit-based reality" that helps bring humans "into the flow of the ... Read Full Story

Laura Riccardi Lyvers: Living With The Earth

Aug 12, 2020, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Laura Riccardi Lyvers: Living With The Earth BiodynamicallyReflection questions: Our guest week says that what she "does" these days is living with the Earth -- "meaning, I am engaging in a daily rhythm, and seasonal reality of the cycle of the year." How do you connect with nature's cycles, the earth and the pulse of life?

Nuggets From Paul R. Fleischman's Call

Feb 18, 2020, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Paul R. Fleischman. Dr. Paul R. Fleischman is a writer, retired psychiatrist, and Vipassana meditation teacher, who inhabits the intersection where science, poetry, meditation, and wonder meet -- with an emphasis on wonder. A Yale-trained psychiatrist who was in private practice for more than 30 years and honored in his profession as an “outstanding contributor to the humanistic and spiritual side of psychiatric and medical issues,” Dr. Fleischman has explored the interplay between science, medicine and meditation, and vividly drawn out the contemporary relevance of ancient paths. Over the past decade he has lectured at 150 major American universities. He is the author of 9 books, including the acclaimed Karma and Chaos, a collection of essays that delve into the connections between psychiatry, science, and the Buddha’s teachings. Below are some of the nuggets from the call that stood out for ... Read Full Story

Paul R. Fleischman: The Wonder Of The Universe

Feb 12, 2020, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Paul R. Fleischman: The Wonder Of The UniverseReflection questions: Our guest has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association for his unique contributions to psychiatry and religion. He points to our sense of wonder as the apparatus by which we experience the intelligence of the universe within. "The wonder of the universe is wondering in us,” he writes. Has your own sense of wonder dulled or been enhanced over the years? When do you experience its presence most keenly?

Nuggets From Lama Tsomo's Call

Jan 05, 2020, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Lama Tsomo. Lama Tsomo, born Linda Pritzker, is an American teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, an author, and a philanthropist living in western Montana. Her path of spiritual inquiry and study led to her ordination as one of the few female American lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. Known for her warm, candid and humorous teaching style, she often weaves scientific research findings into her teachings. She is particularly passionate about reaching young people and supporting those working for positive social change. Born into a Midwestern Jewish household, Lama Tsomo is an heiress to the Pritzker family fortune via Hyatt Hotels and other enterprises. She had no interest in joining any of the family businesses. As a teenager, she discovered a passion for the environment and came to believe that a civilization built on an ever-growing demand for material things (and ... Read Full Story

Lama Tsomo: Sustaining Spiritual Practices

Jan 01, 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Lama Tsomo: Sustaining Spiritual PracticesReflection questions: Our guest this week became an ordained lama after nearly abandoning meditation practice. How has the discouragement and frustration over the sense that you are perhaps "doing it wrong" led you to abandon meditation or another spiritual practice, and what brings you back?

Nuggets From Ocean Robbins's Call

Nov 17, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Ocean Robbins. Ocean Robbins is a food revolutionary, author, speaker, and transformational social change leader. Co-founder of the Food Revolution Network, one of the largest communities of healthy eating on the planet, Ocean has touched millions of lives in 190 nations. His mission is to transform the industrialized food culture into one that supports healthy people and a healthy planet, through the two fronts of public policy and encouraging healthy eating habits. “We are everyday food revolutionaries with our knives and forks,” he says. Ocean’s family story is one of transformation. His grandfather co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, while his father forsook the wealth and the company's role in making people unhealthy to move the family to a one-room log cabin, where Ocean was born and spent his first ten years. His family lived simply, grew most of their ... Read Full Story