Why change happens

Why change happens

Between 1990 to 1995, I asked thousands of teens how many knew someone who was gay or lesbian. In the early years, a handful of brave souls would raise their hands. Most assured me that they didn’t have gay kids at their school or declared that they didn’t...
Stripping our own gears

Stripping our own gears

Walking down the street today, my eyes welled up with a too-familiar bittersweet sadness. I knew this feeling. For all my life I’ve called it depression. Mild depression for sure, but chronic, familiar, and nasty. This label made sense. Depression runs deep in...
The Hardest Thank You

The Hardest Thank You

Thank you.  These words come so easily when the sun is shining and life is good. You can feel the richness of the Universe. You can feel the love that abounds. Gratitude is one of the wonderful ways we naturally milk these moments for all they are worth. With each...
Lightness of being

Lightness of being

There is one quality that is common to folks I’ve known who are highly creative, happy, innovative, inspired – all that wonderful stuff most of us wish for. Not surprisingly, it is also the feeling that comes after a big shift, release or “aha”...
What if it’s just different?

What if it’s just different?

Not better. Not worse. Just different. This is the idea that dominated my thoughts as I navigated my first two days in Bangkok. I noticed that the persistent chatter of my “judging mind” had switched off, and this simple idea had taken its place....
A conversation with fear

A conversation with fear

You know that feeling when you know – without question or doubt – that you need to clear the cobwebs out of your thinking and start anew? As if your very life depended on it? That’s me. Big time. No question or doubt. OK, I lied. Lots of...