How To Stay Calm When Everyone’s Losing It

On a visit to Taormina on Sicily, our hotel was situated so that we could stand on our balcony and see Mount Etna in the distance. I told my husband how great it was that the locals had strung colored lights down the mountainside. Ron […]

My Main Takeaway From Visiting Qumran

In my 20s, I lived on a kibbutz in Israel. The idea to leave America and move to Israel first came to me when I was working in a school for children with multiple disabilities in Atlanta, where I became close friends with a 65-year-old […]

Cross My Heart And Hope To Die!

When my stepdaughter was ten, she walked into a local restaurant and asked the Greek owner if he would sell her an over-sized wooden rosary that he’d brought from his homeland and hung behind the sales register. She knew I’d seen it and liked it, […]

Real Love Is Like A Marathon

My daughter-in-law qualified for the Boston Marathon by running in a local marathon, just making it by an amazing three seconds! She was really hurting the last five miles. A stranger saw her and began to walk-run alongside her, subtly encouraging her. She could hardly […]

How To Be A Hero

Joseph Campbell gave us a valuable description of the metaphorical hero’s journey. He said that we’ll first hear a calling, and we’ll always have a choice whether to surrender to it. There will be a threshold to cross, which will require unconditional commitment and separation from what’s familiar. There […]

The Appeal Of Vincent Van Gogh

A new film about Vincent van Gogh just opened in America, called Loving Vincent. Its creators, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, gathered 115 artists to paint 65,000 oil canvases, which comprise a painted animation of Vincent’s life. A few years ago, a friend of mine […]