Posted in August 2011

Lost Art of Happiness – review in Australia


From Readings Carlton, an independent bookstore in Australia: A handbook for those who wish to achieve peace and happiness in their lives Though everyone wants to be happy, for most people the pursuit of happiness is a tantalizing and frustrating endeavor. Even in this most prosperous era in history, there seem to be more dissatisfied … Continue reading

Ethics and organizations


Just as a fish doesn’t know it swims in water, it is difficult for us to know that we live in an ethical universe. We are so immersed in an ethical world that we hardly ever pay attention to it, but consider the following: As soon as you woke up this morning, you began your … Continue reading

Where happiness is found


Happiness—real, enduring, life-sustaining happiness— rest on way of being, a life stance, a deeply held philosophy—not one that is necessarily articulate—that connects people to both the future and the past and cultivates in them a sense of gratitude for what they have inherited and a sense of responsibility to future generations. As researchers Emmons and … Continue reading

Just to live is holy


So much of life is about going and getting that we often forget about staying and being. We exist, we are, and whatever else we may become, we still are this now, a being in the present moment. As Abraham Heschel once wrote, “Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.” In … Continue reading

Lost Art of Happiness review


Happiness has many interpretations. Dobrin, a former Peace Corps volunteer and cofounder of an Amnesty International group in New York, suggests modern society has lost sight of the most constructive ones. His premise is simple: meaningful happiness comes from relationships, not possessions–something many people are discovering as they are forced to downsize in this economy. Dobrin … Continue reading


Last week, a jury in Texas convicted Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault by having intercourse with a 15-year-old girl and aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old. This wasn’t the first time Jeffs was involved in a sex crime. The Supreme Court overturned Jeffs’ earlier conviction of accomplice to rape on a technicality. It isn’t … Continue reading

What’s Wrong With Polygamy?


Last week, a jury in Texas convicted Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault by having intercourse with a 15-year-old girl and aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old. This wasn’t the first time Jeffs was involved in a sex crime. The Supreme Court overturned Jeffs’ earlier conviction of accomplice to rape on a technicality. It isn’t … Continue reading

Beauty in the ordinary


Sparrows are amongst the world’s most common birds— ordinary, ever-present and, because of that, nearly invisible to many. Several years ago, in Africa, a group of musicians, led by a blind guitar player, called themselves “The Sparrows.” The lead singer explained that he chose the name to reflect the fact that where he lived sparrows … Continue reading

Is Anything Gained by Mirrors?


The hornbill plagued the school. Swooping from the blue African sky, it descended by the dormitory door. There with its hard beak it hammered at the glass until only the metal frame remained. To the consternation of the teachers the bird shattered new windows as soon as they were placed. It was as though the … Continue reading