It was great to talk to bestselling author Roger Housden about his new book Keeping the Faith Without a Religion. It’s an excellent read, full of wisdom, and makes an important point about the (un)necessity of organized faith for an authentic, fulfilling spiritual life. Roger has walked this path for decades. Here’s a link to the podcast. Enjoy!
I did a teleconference for the National Association of Memoir Writers. I talked with founder Linda Joy Myers about the changing self in memoir. How do we write about our past self from the present? How do we use memory, time, and distance to frame our stories in new ways? Listen the discussion here.
If you don’t know the Contemplative Journal, I highly recommend this new online publication and spiritual community. I’ll be doing a monthly column for them called “The Seekers Forum” starting in March. Here’s my first piece for them, The Fiction of Being. Enjoy!
“Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like one of Michelangelo’s statues trapped inside the marble, fully formed and waiting to appear. Continue reading
“It was one of those moments you never forget, a betrayal so deep you can’t rebound. I hung up the phone after hearing the news, disgusted by what my friend had admitted, sick with rage and disbelief that a woman I trusted and loved, who I thought would be my friend forever, had become, in five short minutes, someone I never wanted to speak to again.” That’s the beginning of my new piece for Purple Clover. I’d like to know what you think. Read the blog here.
I enjoyed talking to Raphael Cushnir for his Sounds True series, “Teaching What We Need to Learn.” We spoke candidly about writing, self-exploration, and the pitfalls of teachers who don’t walk the talk. Click here to listen.
I wrote about holidays with the family for Purple Clover this week. ”If you want to see your family without going nuts, stop expecting them to change. Abandon all hope that they will become the family you’d choose if you were in charge and see them, instead, as human beings. Remind yourself that underneath the small talk, the fake bonhomie of mismatched strangers struggling to feel like a family unit, runs a river whose contents are thicker than water.” Continue reading.
We had such a great time at the “When You’re Falling, Dive” retreat at Old Stone Farm this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who attended (including camera-shy participants). Excellent writing, inspiring stories, new friendships, and wonderful insights. Sherry Kahn, the founder of Old Stone Farm, is one of my favorite people and I’m grateful to her for creating this event.
Alain de Botton is one of my favorite living writers. It was great to interview him for Psychology Today. Best known for brilliant, genre-rattling books that include How Proust Can Change Your Life, Essays in Love, Status Anxiety, and most recently How To Think More About Sex, de Botton is a prophet provocateur. He is also one of the founders of The School of Life which has a passionate belief in making learning relevant – and so runs courses in the important questions of everyday life. Continue reading
I was talking to my mother-in-law about Thanksgiving. “What is there to be thankful for?” she asked? I understood her desperate question. Bev has had a terrible year. Her husband’s dementia is out of control, her grandson just fathered a kid out of wedlock, the economy stinks, she has pain in her legs, and Barack Obama is still in the White House. “The world is going to pot,” Bev tells me. “How could a person be thankful for this?” I answered her in my latest blog for Purple Clover.
It was great to interview my old friend Dr. Henry Grayson for Psychology Today. Henry is a pioneer in mind-body healing who first came to my attention with his book Mindful Loving, which I covered for “O” Magazine when it was published. The radical idea in that book was that couples can work out their differences by changing their thoughts about one another. Now Henry has published another envelope-pusher, Use Your Body To Heal Your Mind, full of fascinating new research on self-healing. Check out the interview here.