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Essays

“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.” —Norbet Platt

Open Mind, Open Heart

If you want to live the peaceful life you imagine, you must start now. “Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows ... Read more

On Aging

I was at a wedding Saturday with a lot of women in their 20s and 30s in sexy dresses, their youthful skin aglow. And even though I was 20 or 30 years ... Read more

Why I Did It

I was a little hesitant getting on the subway that Sunday morning, the day that the New York Times magazine ran my portrait on its front ... Read more

The Simplicity of Tea

"Tea is an act complete in its simplicity." —Thich Nhat Hanh When I drink tea, there is only me, and the tea. The rest of the world ... Read more

Choosing To Be Happy

Everyone wants to be happy. Whether it comes from fulfillment in our work, contentment in our relationships, pride in our children, or passion in our ... Read more

Slow Down to Savor Life

I've been known to tell people that I'm so busy, I don't have time to breathe. It might be an exaggeration, but there are some days when I simply have ... Read more

Living with a Positive Attitude

Living with a positive attitude paints your world in bright colors and attracts positive energy. Here's what you need to do: Realize you ... Read more

Making Lemonade

You know the old saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. It’s relatively easy to be positive, motivated, and engaged when all is going ... Read more