The Chinese term for relationship “guanxi” is difficult for a Westerner to understand. The word has differences that are not only helpful for navigating friendships and society in China but also in the West. China has fascinated me my whole life. As a way of both learning more and exploring our connectedness I plan to… Read more about Guanxi
I was listening to a friends life story recently. Hearing someone recount the ups and downs of their journey is rewarding. Not one is alike, and if you pay close attention, you can pick up themes that even they do not often see. Besides these themes is the beauty we can overlook in the hardest… Read more about Finding beauty in between
There is so much complexity to each of our lives. We have parts of ourselves we don’t share openly and even ones that we forget or have to leave out. Just like a movie is nothing like the book, we pick and choose the parts to share because it would be impossible to include every… Read more about What we don’t know
My daughter overheard a friend and I signing off on a phone conversation. “Love ya,” my friend said, and I returned with “love you too man.” “Do men usually say that to each other?” she asked? Her question was the beginning of a great conversation about terms of endearment. I explained that there were a… Read more about Love ya
One of my favorite memories growing up are trips my mom and I would take to the Oregon coast together. A member of our family owned an old forties era bungalow cabin heated by a wood stove that looked out on the breaking waves in one of the most beautiful sections of beach in the… Read more about Her time
I was out weeding in my yard early this morning when I heard something across the fence and through our neighbour’s window. “You’ve been here just waiting for me!?” said a young mother in soft loving voice to her baby seeing his mother for the first time that day. It was heart warming. Right away… Read more about The delight in her voice
A friend recently started blogging for her NGO. She asked me for a few tips on blogging. Instead of just sharing with her what I have learned I thought I would share it here for everybody to benefit and connect better with their tribe. -Writing about topics you are passionate about makes things a lot… Read more about Blogging, where do I start?
Here is a quick assignment: Make a list of your closest friends, family and co-workers. Next to their name write “night owl” or “dawn breaker”(crazy folks like me you rise way too early) If you can’t think of which they are, ask. Now start thinking how you can best connect with them around this discovery.… Read more about Night owls and dawn breakers