Siblessings

Thirty-five years ago today, when I was five days shy of five years old, my little sister was born. My parents had handled things in extremely deft fashion. Months earlier we were at Sunday brunch when they broke it to me that I was going to be getting a little sister. They posed a few …

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Homegoing: Hatch

The pecans of Hatch, New Mexico, have permeated my life.I used to gather them with my grandfather from beneath the trees in a little orchard behind the yellow house, before he passed in 1996. Even after he was gone, some of the nuts always made their way to me, both shelled and intact, whether by …

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Caspar’s Lament

The large creatures he had neglected to name, whose mandibles could crush pine-trunks and whose six spry limbs propelled them at the speed of running water, seemed to have abandoned the dark periphery. Normally they stalked there in mute wonder at this treeless circle they could not bring themselves to enter.

Foundations of a Happy Life

When the end rolls around people are more likely to describe their lives as having been "happier," or more worthwhile, not if they have pursued good feeling as often as possible, but instead if they have chosen to bear certain burdens which have increased the meaning they have felt in their lives.

Falling Leaves

This weekend I met my cousin's daughter. We had gathered at my parents' Kentucky home, to cluster around my ailing grandmother, who only recently celebrated her 95th birthday. This young lady, my cousin's daughter (which makes her, I believe, my second cousin), had never before seen falling leaves. You see, she is a child of …

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Components of Flow #9: The Experience Becomes Autotelic

Note: This article is the tenth and final entry in my series on the mind-state of flow. It examines the last of the nine components that comprise and make possible a flow experience: its pleasurable nature. If you need a refresher on what flow is or what its other eight components are, click here to read …

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Components of Flow #8: We Perceive Time Differently

  Note: This article is the ninth entry in my series on the mind-state of flow. It examines the eighth of the nine components that comprise and make possible a flow experience: the way our experience of time changes. If you need a refresher on what flow is or what its other eight components are, …

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