Category Archives: Compassion

Moving from Compassion to Action

Many of you know that the past few weeks have been tough around here, as a family member has had a significant crisis, and we’ve been stepping in to give whatever support we can provide. That led me to realizing the extent to which that “stepping in” has been a theme during this summer’s sabbatical… Continue Reading

Robin Williams. And My Crazy Family. And Yours.

Serious mental illness runs in my family. There, I said it. All my mother’s siblings and their adult children have struggled with schizophrenia, depression, agoraphobia, addiction, and in at least one case that I know of, suicide. We used to joke that my mom – with more than a touch of obsessive compulsive disorder and… Continue Reading

Righteous Indignation

I’ve read this paragraph from Pema Chodron’s book “Start Where You Are” every morning for a week. Given the amount of aggression we see all around us – not just wars, but in day-to-day politics, and how that seeps into each of our lives – I want to share it with you as well. “We act out because… Continue Reading