Planks, planks everywhere

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. ~Matthew 7:5 I’ve been thinking a lot about tribalism, biases, and the difficulty of transcending our intellectual and ideological blind spots. (Several great books on the topic, but the one…More

At the moment… (1/21)

Flowers on my run up and down Diamond Head this morning. This was on the long uphill part that made me want either to die or to┬áreverse all my life choices. How do I succeed at something I’m not innately good at? When/how does effort trump intrinsic ability? When does the imbalance of a friendship…More

Food is love

I recently read The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon, and in addition to the wonderful theology within, I was struck by its paean for food intentionally, carefully, lovingly prepared. Food is life. Food is love. Food is how we nurture these beautiful bodies that carry us through the world, that give rise to our…More

Which reality?

As many of you know, I’m a little obsessed with truth and reality. I love learning and I want to know as much about this beautiful universe as I can. I also want to think as carefully, fully, and wisely as I can about the aspects of this world that we can’t ever really know about (ethics,…More

Beliefs and emotions

Light on Diamond Head on New Year’s Eve morning. As I was muddling through some sweeping emotions and difficult life circumstances yesterday, I was reminded once again (even after writing about it extensively in my book) of the inextricable linkage between our beliefs and our emotions. In particular, I remembered how often beliefs give rise…More


My favorite mindfulness book to read at the end of the year. I love fresh starts, arbitrary though they may be. I love new years and the opportunity (though no special one was needed) to evaluate the past 12 months, check in with myself and my well-being, take stock of my relationships, and think about…More

Power addendum

I just read that a majority of white women in Alabama voted for Roy Moore. White Women Keep F*cking Us Over (Apologies for the language.) I want to think through this more before saying anything definitive, but I do have some initial thoughts. I agree that white women are a problematic group in the US,…More


The whole political scene in America has been downright depressing if not obscene lately. I just want to go to sleep and wake up when it’s over, but also want to quit my job to spend a thousand hours a day fighting fascism, injustice, racism, sexism, and cruelty. Exhaustion and motivation make for a more…More

At the moment…

Sunrise on one of my morning runs along the Ala Wai Canal.  Currently consuming my thinking and processing: This administration and Congress are exhausting. I’m trying to figure out a balance between staying well-informed so I can act when needed and where possible, and being too informed and thus riddled with anxiety and despair. If…More