Martial Arts And The Freedom To Choose

As long as we have choice, we have hope. One of the most powerful lessons martial arts teach us is that very difficult, seemingly insurmountable problems can be solved by applying the right combination of posture, balance, angles, and leverage. What at first feels like a hopeless challenge becomes less and less so the more…

A Garden Of Words And Deeds

“Never let the weeds get higher than the garden. Always keep a sapphire in your mind. Always keep a diamond in your mind.”—Tom Waits All of the little things we do and say each day add up, but so do all of the little things we do not do and do not say. The goal…

Hope Is A Tool That Can Be Borrowed

Our capacity for love and joy is the same as our capacity for heartache and pain. It is impossible to open our hearts to the possibility of loving and being loved by others without also opening our hearts to the possibility of being hurt as well. We cannot experience the fullness of the former without…

Look For The Light (And Create It Where It Does Not Exist)

The artist sees the light where there may otherwise be none and, when there is no light to see, they create it. One of the reasons that the arts are so important for our children is because, in difficult times, the people we turn to and count on to lead us through are not those…

Sunny Is Winning

“Sunny is winning.”—My Daughter The other day, my daughter’s school dropped off materials for her to work on while we are at home. One of the things they gave her was a ‘weather chart’ she can use to track the weather from day to day. Of all of the activities in her kit, she was…