The Season of Change

The sun will reach its nadir this Saturday at 11:19 PM as many people are tucked into bed (on the East coast) and getting ready to begin their holiday celebrations. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we will begin our 6-month journey back to the warmth of the summertime. It’s no wonder that we are built for resilience as nature showers her experiences of recovering from the depths of winter’s darkness towards the fullness of summer’s long days like the clock that she is in our lives. At our home on the Allegheny River, we always joke about the Two-Suns that we see on many of these winter days. The sun is low in the sky over the Read More

Oh that Sunny Side

In the late Hans Rosling’s book, Factfulness, he changes the way we think about the world and the progress that continues to be made every day. Rosling points out that despite what we may think, the truth is that world is becoming a significantly better place. Over 80% of all children across the globe have been vaccinated against many diseases. Animals that were previously on the endangered species list like giant pandas and black rhinos are no longer critically endangered. His list goes on and you can take his Factfulness Quiz to see how knowledgeable you are about our world. As I’ve written before, we tend to take the negative view of our world and life because of the negativity Read More

The Neighborhood

I was apparently the only person in the movie theater wearing red this past weekend for a mid-day showing of the new movie about Pittsburgh’s beloved Fred Rogers. I knew this because the theater manager, working to get everyone seated in the full house, pointed me out, asked me to stand and be acknowledged for honoring Mr. Rogers. He went on to point out to the other patrons that they should be sure to wear their red sweaters when they came back to watch the movie a second time.  Just for the record, however, it was a red sweatshirt. Last spring at my annual birthday party, one of my friends told me that they thought my finest quality was my Read More