Let me invite you to a different kind of party

“Happiness, when done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive.”—Mary Oliver It occurs to me that my blog posts all say the same thing. I wrap them up, of course, in different packages. But basically, they assert some variation of this theme: 1.) That our natural state is peace and happiness and that […]

Practice being fictional

“And you too have come into the world to go easy, to be filled with light and to shine.”—Mary Oliver My daughter, Taz, is such a genius. Even though she no longer has a body, she’s able to send the most miraculous signs and messages my way. And that’s saying something since her mom, me, […]

Just the facts, ma’am

“Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing. And I took my old body out into the morning to sing.”—Mary Oliver Tech companies around the globe are vying for our attention. They know our collective attention is worth big bucks and they’re doing everything they can to capture it and hold it–the more minutes […]

How I use gratitude to give all seeming problems the old one-two punch

“There are many words meaning thank you. Some you can only whisper. Some you can only sing.”—Mary Oliver I was just invited to participate in a Gratitude Summit. As I told the organizers, the reason I answered “can’t wait” is because gratitude, as y’all know, is my wingman. I use it like I use duct […]

Moving towards the “thing” that gives you goose bumps

“What I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled— to cast aside the weight of facts.”—Mary Oliver The facts of the dominant paradigm insist you can never write a book, be a comedian, make it as an artist. But facts are only placeholders until the higher truth emerges. That’s why it’s […]

Another trio of miracle tales to fuel the love train

“Only if there are angels in your head will you ever possibly see one.”—Mary Oliver Despite what it says in the newspaper, despite what your mother told you, despite what society insists is rock solid truth, it’s important to remember Shakespeare’s adage, “Nothing is either good nor bad. Only thinking makes it so.” Your thinking […]

“I am here to be electric. I am here to be alive.”—Tama Kieves

“I’ve known for some time that staring at objects while holding pictures in my head makes reality oddly responsive.”—Martha Beck Martha Beck, who I met one year at an author’s conference in Kansas City (we both had new books out), wrote an article for O Magazine about vision boards. As she said, “Some results are […]