Unraveling

People may call what happens at midlife ‘A Crisis,’ but it’s not. It’s an unraveling – A time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you’re ‘supposed’ to live. The unraveling is a time when you are challenged by the universe to let go of …

South Africa schedules bad luck

This should end well for everyone in South Africa: The South African government has begun the process of seizing land from white farmers. Local newspaper City Press reports two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo are the first to be targeted for unilateral seizure after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties …

Just do the right thing.

It is one of the unnamed characters in Aeschylus’s play Agamemnon that utters the damning line: “We spoil ourselves with scruples, long as things go well.” What he means is that most of us are fairweather do-gooders. We love to talk a good game. We’ll give (of our time, money, effort) when it’s easy, but …

Have Adventures!

Have adventures. The Hemingway mode was in ascendancy for decades before it was eclipsed by trendy fabulist “exercises.” The pendulum is swinging back, though, and it’s going to knock these effete eggheads right out of their Aeron chairs. Keep ahead of the curve. Get out and see the world. It’s not going to kill you …

Don’t Whine, Don’t Weep

The environmentalist and novelist Edward Abbey produced one of the greatest books about nature in American history when he wrote Desert Solitaire, about his time as a park ranger at Arches National Park. Although much of the book confirms Seneca’s line, Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum (The world itself is a huge temple …

Stop torturing yourself.

Wherever you are on the political spectrum, turning on the news is unlikely to make you feel anything but bad. Look at what the Democrats are doing. Are the Republicans serious? Even if you’re able to escape partisan reporting, the state of the world is hardly going to cheer you up. Earthquakes. Civil wars. Failed states. Somebody …