you’re a star

August 18, 2015


After several weeks of travel, I slept for the entire weekend to recover. Exciting, right? :) As I found some secret store of energy this morning, I woke up early and went for a long bike ride. Listening to meditative tunes, I started getting back to Zen ;) A quote from Rumi kept repeating itself – Read More –

February 7, 2015


This is a story about how I accidentally (on purpose) met the incomparable (wonderful and beautiful) Oprah Winfrey. (!!!!) Please note: I’m writing this at 2am, so thank you for your kindness and understanding as you read my excited thoughts ;) First, I will just say that I do not think there is any such – Read More –

November 23, 2014


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting a beautiful spirit…her name is Chloe Temtchine. She is the model for courage and bravery as she maintains a super positive spirit and continues to share her musical gifts while raising awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension. (You can learn more about PH here). I hope that you’ll take a – Read More –

November 19, 2014


Many weeks ago, a woman [that I didn’t know] approached me in a parking garage and said, “I’m trying to get to your level.” I laughed her comment off with a smile and kept walking. But she continued, following me, and said, “I know it wasn’t easy.” We were walking together now towards the steps – Read More –

October 19, 2014


While reading Lao-tzu on this beautiful morning in Chicago, two passages about virtue (goodness) caught my eye and begged to be shared ;) PRACTICING VIRTUE To practice virtue is to selflessly offer assistance to others, giving without limitation one’s time, abilities, and possessions in service, whenever and wherever needed, without prejudice concerning the identity of those – Read More –

September 28, 2014


While mentoring a high school student recently, I told her that life is about showing up and letting go. I explained to her that you have to continue to show up for new opportunities in life…but that you can only have room for new opportunities if you let go of past disappointments. She was a math – Read More –

September 24, 2014


A talented friend of mine (WISE100Doors!) performed this song last night and I was struck again by the majestic lyrics of this classic Bob Marley tune, “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds.” We are, so often, slaves to our minds. We don’t question our thoughts…and this belief in the – Read More –

September 15, 2014


Height, weight, race, gender, hair color, eye color, hair length, clothes, address….these are all classified or observed on a simple American driver’s license. Our society is accustomed to these categorizations…and we typically take quick inventory of people that we meet to determine their classifications. And sometimes to determine if they “belong” or not. But do any – Read More –

September 15, 2014


Many years ago, a man came up to me at a meditation center and asked me my race. I answered, but then he immediately countered and said, “No no…you are part of the Golden race! It is the new race that is a beautiful blend of all races. It is our wonderful future.” At the time, – Read More –

August 23, 2014


Recently, I had a conversation with a loved one about religion. We talked a bit about Christianity, Taoism, and Zen…I expressed respect for one’s right to chose their own beliefs. I think I said something like love is my religion (haha). As a Christian, she expressed a desire to want me (and other loved ones) – Read More –

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