Equipoise, or The Art of Acceptance

In a time when incivility, rudeness, extremism, intolerance, and self-righteousness dominate in the media and on the street, David Brooks pleas for equipoise (“In Praise of Equipoise,” The New York Times, September 1, 2017). Huh? Equipoise? What’s that? Equal poise across situations. The concept appears to have originated in the East. Something like Buddhist non-attachment. … Continue reading Equipoise, or The Art of Acceptance

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Loving is Living

The sleepy Davidson College campus awoke with a start. It was graduation day in the Spring of 1960. I, a lowly freshman, sat quietly with fellow singers in the Male Chorus. We awaited our next turn to entertain with song. With the audience of faculty, parents, and fellow graduating seniors expecting him to dribble on … Continue reading Loving is Living

Giving of Yourself

                   The holiday season is fast approaching—the season (in)famous for gift giving. With a couple of weeks of prep time, I would like to propose some guidelines for inexpensive but deeply appreciated and satisfying gifts. I base them on a passage by Ralph Waldo Emerson from his 1844 essay “Gifts” (Essays, Second Series), where “the sage … Continue reading Giving of Yourself