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Money Could Make You Sick

When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. “  Nothing is more important than your health….except for your money –...

Who Has My Stuff?

The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. The Tempest Act 4, scene...

Playing God

California Style Magazine stares up at me from the coffee table in my hotel room. It features a parade of impossibly tall, thin women with sculpted faces and futuristic Barbie hairdos. Like the almost human androids in the movie Blade Runner, these women seem...

Run Away, Run Away!

I ran away for the first time in Kindergarten. Standing in line after school with all the other kids waiting for the stupid bus, I had the existential realization that life is too short to wait for a bus and decided I needed to explore the world. When the nun turned...

The Workaholic Universe

I am having lunch with an old friend.  Just as he is bemoaning all the goings on of his collapsing marriage, the phone rings.  His cell phone that is.  “Excuse me,” he purses his lips in that embarrassed “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I left my cellphone on”...

Brain Food

Of course I love my husband Ron. And I know he loves me. But for thirty eight years, we’ve danced around the kitchen trying to reconcile our different relationships to food. As is always the case, it’s more than just about eating. I imagine Freud and Jung sitting in...

Workin’ It

“Learn at first concentration without effort: Transform work into play; make every yoke that you have accepted easy and every burden that you carry light.”  Anonymous (From Meditations on the Tarot – The Magician) Many years ago, while performing in France, I was...

Going Nowhere

“The world thus appears as a complicated tissue of events, in which connections of different kinds alternate or overlap or combine and thereby determine the texture of the whole.” (Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy, 1963) When you walk through the Northwest Airlines...