Books · Character · Things I've Learned

The Party is Just Getting Started

“The world is more magical, less predictable, more autonomous, less controllable, more varied, less simple, more infinite, less knowable, more wonderfully troubling than we could have imagined being able to tolerate when we were young.”  — James Hollis Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life I turn fifty next year. Fifty. Fifty. Fifty. Fifty.… Continue reading The Party is Just Getting Started

Things I've Learned

Embrace the Fear

This is for you graduates. Pictures of you wearing robes and wide smiles under tasselled caps have filled our screens this month. Every day the mailbox delivers another envelope brimming with hope and an invitation to celebrate. And each time I see you I feel a rising sense of urgency on your behalf. You need to understand that you are… Continue reading Embrace the Fear

Character · The Story

The Ripples from a Doctor’s Story

Have you ever dropped a stone in the calm waters of a pond? Plop. What a satisfying sound. Even better is picking up a handful of pebbles and slinging them out all at once. Plop, plop, plop! The ripples of each individual stone intersecting with its neighbor and then its neighbor’s neighbor, until eventually all… Continue reading The Ripples from a Doctor’s Story