The compulsion to compare

Photo by Hannah Jacobson-Hardy   There is no such thing as superiority. It simply doesn’t exist. The fact that we imagine superiority to be a thing does not, in fact, make it a thing, does not bring it into being.   Claiming that it’s possible to be superior in any...

Trust is rest

Photo by Hannah Jacobson-Hardy A friend of mine who is a nurse once told me, “There are two types of dementia patients: the happy ones and the scared ones.” His observation points to a few worthy questions that bring us into a conversation about trust, a...

Who are you?

Who are you when there are no more questions, when you trust the I-don’t-know more than any answer? Who are you when there is no conflict, no problem, no mystery in need of solving? Who are you when there is only mystery, unsolved, unsolvable, the solvent for...

The tragedy of believing you can’t sing

One of the great, invisible tragedies of being alive in 21st century America is that somewhere along the line you’ll probably get convinced you can’t sing. You may come to distrust the many ways your voice longs to express itself, believing that what comes out...