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Mindfulness

How Do You Be?

If you’re a movie buff, as I am, you might remember Awakenings (1990). The main character, played by the late Robin Williams, is Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Though inexperienced, Sayer cares deeply about the residents in…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
April 20, 2021
Mindfulness

On This Our World Turns

Imagine that you are born into poverty. Imagine that, during your grade school years, a teacher recognizes your artistic talent. Imagine that the teacher enrolls you in a government-funded art class, held weekly at a…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
April 13, 2021
Mindfulness

More Than Just Talk

On this date, in 1999, I returned home after living by choice for nearly seven weeks on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. As we recounted in The Emptiness of Our Hands, my friend James Murray…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
April 6, 2021
Peacemaking

Picture a Face

Your phone rings in the middle of the night. As you reach blindly to answer, do you fear that someone you love has been in an accident? Has suddenly died? For a time, early in…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
March 22, 2021
Mindfulness

The Turning Hinge

When your big, slender hand slips into mine, joy spills through me. I soak it up like a new sponge, resisting the urge to squeeze. You’re a young man of eighteen, soon to graduate high…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
March 15, 2021
Grief

Glimpses in the Mirror

Here I am, on retreat again. One year has elapsed since the Muse woke me up on retreat in San Diego, delivering For the Sake of One We Love and Are Losing. At the time, I felt…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
February 23, 2021
Mindfulness

In Tribute to Lighthouses

I live a long way from any major body of water. The nearest is Lake Superior, almost 350 miles from where I sit. Yet lately my mind has been preoccupied with lighthouses; more specifically, with…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
January 26, 2021