Leaving The Space Open: I’m Taking A Break

By Sunday, January 11, 2015 10 0

Open space makes us richer in what matters. Last week I wrote about how we can make 2015 better than 2014 by setting clear intentions. That's because intentions can be supple like evergreen branches, while New Year's resolutions tend to be brittle, like kindling. My intention for 2015 was/is to be of service to two family members ...

How To Make 2015 Better Than 2014

By Friday, January 2, 2015 2 0

Happy new year! We'll exclaim this wish to each other, and hear it from each other, over and over this week. It’s a great sentiment. But what does it take? What will actually make 2015 a year that’s good and rich in what matters for us? New year's resolutions were invented for this type of thing. "I’ll lose 15 pounds”. ...

Gifts That Sustain, And Gifts That Deplete

By Thursday, December 25, 2014 0 0

Are the gifts we're giving sustaining us, or depleting us? Merry Christmas! -- if you celebrate Christmas. Whether or not you do, keep reading, because this post is for you. We humans have craved winter holidays (like Christmas) ever since we figured out how to make fire. They're about surviving the long darkness. What sustains us in the cold, ...

Eight Tips For Radical Hospitality

By Thursday, December 18, 2014 4 0

Mainstream culture encourages a tight focus on self. That focus can feed separation from others, and isolation. Both those are tied to depression, very common in the U.S., especially during the holidays. But hospitality -- both the giving and receiving of it -- is a potent antidote to isolation and depression. It makes us rich in what ...

Announcing New Threads For . . . .

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014 0 0

"Be A Giver" t-shirt. However, this is not James. I actually haven't met this man. James, a new subscriber to Diamond-Cut Life,  has won a 541 Threads t-shirt, made in the U.S. James found my blog by listening to me being interviewed on Sprocket Podcast.  It's great fun for me to talk with co-hosts Brock Dittus and Aaron Flores ...

What Shall We Pledge Allegiance To?

By Thursday, December 11, 2014 5 0

Normally at this time of year I write about celebrating the holidays in ways that make us rich in what matters. You may be familiar. Best low-cost and no-cost holiday gifts. How to break the rules at Christmas. Christmas as community, not stuff. But today -- this week -- something is looming larger than the holidays, for ...

Recommended: “Glimpsing Heaven”

By Thursday, December 4, 2014 9 0

People who are rich in what matters usually have a spiritual side. I do. It’s a sense, joyful or at least satisfying, of being connected to something greater than ourselves. Taken a step further, this connectedness doesn't end with the death of our physical bodies. It's lodged in our souls, our consciousness that doesn't just survive after physical ...

New Threads For Jen P.

By Tuesday, December 2, 2014 0 0

Jen P, a longtime subscriber to Diamond-Cut Life , has won a 541 Threads t-shirt, made in the U.S.  Jen is a warm, vivacious person who is unusually rich in what matters. I know this about her because we both go to the same neighborhood church here in Southeast Portland. She is bilingual and for years has supported Manos ...

Secret For A Happy Thanksgiving

By Thursday, November 27, 2014 0 0

Happy Thanksgiving! At their best, holidays bathe us in connectedness, making us rich in what matters. Or, during the holidays we can bolt from being present in a hundred ways. And we don't even know we're doing it. Bolting is about fleeing discomfort. Bolting makes us less connected. It makes us poorer in what matters. In many cases it involves eating, drinking or spending too ...