Where is Your Attention Focused?

Where is Your Attention Focused?

When I was at university in Toronto, I found out that riding a bike in a city with streetcars presents a very special challenge. I’m riding along and, for the first time, come to a street with tracks; they’re embedded in the road, just a little metal channel… the perfect size to cause big problems […]

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Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Are we more interested in the appearance of the thing, or the thing itself? There is a seduction of the surface. It’s easy to see. It’s easy to put in a photo. It’s easy to say, “We’re doing it right.” It’s just plain easier. As stress levels rise and we are too busy even to be busy, we skim. The surface is faster. Depth takes reflection. It takes ambiguity and curiosity and the effort of turning the wheel firmly enough to leap out of the deeply worn ruts in the roads of our minds.

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Reflecting on Reflection Across Cultures

Reflecting on Reflection Across Cultures

Last week in Japan my translator asked, “when you say, ‘reflection,’ what do you mean?”  Midori said she couldn’t find a Japanese word that matched what I seemed to be talking about. It’s something I love about travel — and about parenting — I have opportunities to look at something so familiar, so known, that […]

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