I'm joining Service Space because ... It's music to my ears, love for my heart, and smile for my face.
A good day to me is when ... I feel connected.
My hero in life is ...Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
My favorite book is ...the bird I saw on a walk today.
One thing I'm grateful for is ... my life.
Nov 13, 2015, 5 comments, 6 smiles Colombia When I pause from writing to gaze over the surrounding vista, I see an endless canvas of green formed into mountain peaks with a city lounging hazily far in the distance, before the landscape dissolves into the ocean. I’m in the mountains called Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the southern part of Colombia - my new home. My partner Blair and I have been here since mid-May. Earlier this year, we both lost our rented homes in the SF Bay area due to the exuberant property value changes. What now? I thought that maybe it was time to follow my dream and visit Colombia. We packed up and gave away a lot of our possessions, and to boot, Blair’s amazing SF neighbor offered us free flight miles to anywhere in the world! Why Colombia? About two years ago, we republished in Positive News a story about Indigenous Peoples living in what they ... Read Full Story
Jan 05, 2015, 7 smiles I found this wonderful poem about Sacred PLAYFULNESS by Peter Gray. Sonnet to a Playful God In play we learn to think in ways most clear. In play with others we resolve our strife. In play we laugh at what provokes our fear. In play we soar above our routine life. In play we learn to follow rules we share, Assert our selves while making others smile. In play what’s right is what to all is fair. In play it’s fun to go the extra mile. And so to you the god of play we pray, Please keep our ludic spirit’s liveliness. As we approach the trials of each day, Protect us from our over-seriousness. From dust to dust we all end up the same. What counts in life is how we play the game. More here.
Dec 29, 2014, 5 smiles This afternoon, on my way from this patch of human dwellings perched on the edge of the Pacific I call home, and heading to the nearest town (45 minutes away), I stopped. I got out of the car enticed by the magnificent redwoods and the light. I stepped into silence. Such silence which knows me by the calmness of breath, the clarity of thought, and the vulnerability of my heart. I gather now that spellbound moment into a new year prayer for you. Dear friend, may you find infinite moments to listen deeply and let your heart overflow with love. S2
Dec 20, 2014, 3 smiles When I started Positive News, I was moved to do so because of the imbalance of information presented in the media. So much negativity and so few positive gems. Years down the road, when our funds were getting slimmer, I became aware of a new phenomena - the imbalance of asking vs. offering. I just wanted to offer, and offer freely! After I told my team that I would not fundraise anymore, they put together their own campaign to save Positive News. Check out their cute video.
Nov 24, 2014, 1 smiles The Selfless Gene It’s easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty. But how does it produce kindness, generosity, and heroism? More
Sep 17, 2014, 2 comments, 4 smiles When visiting my friend Blair, we sometimes move a table outside on a sidewalk and enjoy a meal together. This often attracts passer-byes to stop to chat, drivers to wave, and smiles all-around in this San Francisco neighborhood. Last Sunday, blessed by all such attention, we conjured an idea for an ongoing 'free bistro'. Here's the invite we send out to a neighborhood list: EL BISTRO LA CASA ROJA INVITES YOU TO OUTDOOR BRUNCH An Experiment in Community Fun and Gift Economy Sunday, 21 September, 11:00 A.M. Organic, vegetarian, local, homemade food. La Casa Roja, Virginia Ave., Bernal Heights Limited space. For reservations contact Adults only (this time). Smiles accepted. No credit cards. No cash. No checks. CAN'T WAIT TILL SUNDAY!
Sep 04, 2013, 6 comments, 12 smiles 1. Decide you’re connected to everyone I had a very unusual birthday last month. I was in Vancouver alone, a city where I didn’t know anyone. This was just fine with me because since we’re all interconnected and truly, never alone, I get to practice feeling connected to strangers on my birthday. So this is how my adventures started. Sometimes I get shy about asking a stranger for something. Why is this awkward? I’m not sure. Perhaps in our society success is measured by how self-reliable (and therefore more isolated from others) we are. I was going to challenge myself around midnight on my b-day. That’s when, having crossed the border to Canada, I would be asking someone on the bus if I could use their phone. I needed to call my friend’s friend who was going to pick me up at the station. I didn’t bring my phone on purpose so that ... Read Full Story
Apr 02, 2013, 1 smiles What is one of the nicest things you've ever done that no one knows about? Inspired by Arathi's post I'm collecting answers to be featured in the upcoming Positive News. Would You like to share your kindness secret? We can post your name or keep it anonymous. And thanks for helping transform the world, one smile at a time!
Jul 22, 2012, 1 smiles Last night I met an incredible woman. Kiki Corbin is a courageous and humble being who underwent 3 near death experiences. This was the first time that she publicly shared what happened and the gist of the message she received. it was moving to watch her vulnerability while searching to cloth with words the unspeakable events. Some of her message: "How can you be more loving?" "I don't think we're suppose to be miserable. What they asked me was how have I enjoyed myself." and "I pray for you to never be afraid of dying." Kiki will be speaking in Saratoga (near San Jose) on Tues. July 24 at 7pm at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
May 14, 2012, 3 smiles In the spring edition of Positive News we have featured a story about a really remarkable woman - German Grandmother Lives without Money for 16 Years. The other day we got a letter to the editor from a 12-yr-old commenting with remarkable insights on that story. He wrote: "One day, my English teacher Don Jolly, asked us to pick an article in a newspaper on which we could write a persuasive letter to the editor. Immediately I thought of Positive News. This ... Full story