Parenting, Philosophical Musings

Seeing My Child’s Resistance as an Opportunity to Practice Peace

I’ve once again found myself engaged in a practical conversation about parenting on facebook that has yielded not only practical advice, but also a small spiritual insight. I’m fortunate to be part of a facebook group dedicated to exploring and discussing the practicalities of RIE parenting, and the intentional and reflective spirit of that community has …

Failures

A failed blogger

A long time ago, we started a blog.  We called it Scattered Themes.  In fact, it’s the blog that you are reading right now.  We were really cooking.  We were writing about all sorts of stuff and dreaming big about all the other sorts of stuff that we would write.  Then, we stopped writing. Why? I …

Philosophical Musings, Uncategorized

A way to talk about politics

I used to constantly jump right into the political fray on Facebook.  I posted provocative liberal opinions, proudly declaring my self-evident righteousness.  I expressed contrived befuddlement at how anybody could accept conservative ideology.  I got into heated, multi-day debates with people that I would never persuade, knowing that I myself would never be willing to …

Philosophical Musings, Uncategorized

Dick Cheney is a Human Being

This is Dick Cheney on 9/11/2001.  When I look into his eyes, I see fear, confusion, and the weight of overwhelming responsibility.  It’s easy to say, “He is a human who suffers just like I suffer,” but it’s also easy to forget. This photo is my reminder:  Dick Cheney is a human being.  He suffers …