A moment ago we witnessed something mesmerizing. It was performance poet Marlon Carey at a Ted Talk in Boston, rapping and rat-a-tat tatting through a piece about time: Time is running out There’s never enough time…. Our dismal existence is punching in, punching out Serving time Prisoners trapped inside the hourglass Choking on the sandstorm […]

Our world is in pain.  The feeling of this is the pivotal psychological reality of our time.  Pain oozes through the words of a report issued October 1st by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This panel, composed of a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world […]

It’s been another grueling week in our country, which culminated yesterday in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court’s 114th justice despite serious concerns about his honesty, temperament, and treatment of women. Another grueling week, which saw thousands of protesters in Washington and millions around the country, protesting the fact that their bodies […]

This has been a tough week. Every week since November two years ago has seemed tough, but this week was something else. I get Washington Post notifications on my smart phone. They pop up and say things. Friday morning I woke up to this notification: “In the fight over Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, the only […]

Sept. 23, 2018 In the 19th century, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer had a personal revelation about what it means to be human in community. The image that came up for him was that people are porcupines, covered by the quills of their “prickly and disagreeable qualities”—that’s his phrase. But people as porcupines are living in […]