A Father Chokes Down His Own Medicine

A Father Chokes Down His Own Medicine

Last night was rough on my son, Eli. He had a lot of homework and he forgot to do his job. He is 12 and has been working a very part-time gig for a couple years. He opens and closes the neighborhood pool: covering it at night, uncovering it in the morning, sweeping...
Happiness is: Embracing the Second Truth

Happiness is: Embracing the Second Truth

As a Buddhism student at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, one of my favorite topics of study was the Two Truths Doctrine. The precise interpretation differs between different schools of Buddhism, but the general idea is one that applies very nicely...
Challenges of Being An Older Parent

Challenges of Being An Older Parent

American fathers are getting older. I had my first child at 33, so I fall right in this article’s sweet spot. The benefit was obvious. I had finished school. I had found the right partner – my first wife and I had already divorced (with no kids). And, I had...
Books as Friendship Primers

Books as Friendship Primers

Eve Fairbanks asks “Can Your Best Friends Be Books” at lithub.com. I will always remember my firstborn’s kindergarten campout. All the kids were running around the campsite. Both boys and girls were chasing each other and throwing things and climbing on trees. When I...
An Unsolicited Rave Review for Insight Timer!

An Unsolicited Rave Review for Insight Timer!

I have meditated on and off since 1994. When I first began meditating in graduate school, I spent hours a day on my cushion and experimented with different styles and teachers. When I began working in the financial services industry and started my family, my...
Happiness is: Making a New Friend Out of an Old Acquaintance

Happiness is: Making a New Friend Out of an Old Acquaintance

I have a long-standing posse of four dear friends I’ve known for almost as long as I can remember. These are the buddies I can always count on to be there when I need them, and we all make an effort to spend time together whenever it fits into our crazy busy...