Archive for February, 2016

Attention to intentions

As I’ve been saying for a long time, we focus way too much on the negative aspects of growing old. When we do, we miss the point—which is that the quality of life is really all that matters, no matter what our chronological age. We spend our life aging, starting from birth.  The older we get the more important health, adequate finances, relationships, community and spirituality can become.  We must attend to these faithfully to Read More

Singing (the praises of) the blues

Given the current popularity of Dan Buettner’s Blue Zone Solutions for eating and living like the world’s healthiest people, I had to give it a try.  Buettner has traveled extensively, researching what the world’s longest-lived people have eaten over the past 100 years.  Then he builds on his key insight that lasting health is “more the result of our surroundings than our conscious choices.” I bought the book.  I read it.  I cooked. I began Read More

The Importance Of Being Away

I’m writing this from the mountain house of dear friends near Sewanee, Tennessee. This visit follows several days in Atlanta on business.  My wife met me there, and then we stopped in Andersonville and the FDR Warm Springs Little White House on the way up here. My wife and I love road trips together.  We have a destination, of course, but we also have a GPS, so seeing an interesting looking road and spontaneously taking Read More


I have to admit I took it badly.  Not for long but badly nonetheless.  You’d think I could simply test out of the emotional part of this.  After all, I’m a professional counselor, a psychology PhD, an author and expert on human behavior and adaptability. Wrong! What set this in motion was the shocking number of times I tipped over. Once, after turning around quickly in a walk-in closet.  (How is it that I can Read More

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