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The Bravery to Speak Up: Reflections on the #MeToo Campaign

The flood of #MeToo postings in my social media feeds these past few days has been overwhelming, and more than a little heartbreaking. I’m amazed at the courage of both friends and family members who are sharing their hard truths … Continue reading

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A Body at Rest: On Overcoming Inertia

I’ve never much thought of myself as an athletic person. I played a couple of team sports when I was a kid – soccer comes to mind – and I did nurture a youthful fascination with the martial arts that … Continue reading

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With Eyes Washed Clean by Tears: Further Reflections on Grief

“There is nowhere you could go that I won’t be with you.” – Grandmother Tala, Moana So, I bawled my eyes out yesterday watching Moana for the first time since it originally came out in theatres last year. The film is … Continue reading

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Sojourns with Sorrow: Grief as Guide and Comforter

When we lose someone we love, a part of us just wants to be relieved of the suffering, and we naturally think of our grief as something that must be endured or as a necessary stage to pass through or to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Shedding the Self, or, ‘Who is it that carries this corpse around?’

I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent … Continue reading

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Note to Self: Your ‘Comfort Zone’ Is Looking Entirely Too Comfortable

“Years ago, when I first mentally mapped out what it would mean to free solo Freerider, there were half a dozen of pitches where I was like, ‘Oh that’s a scary move and that’s a really scary sequence, and that … Continue reading

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The Calm Amidst the Storm: A Note from Melville On Surviving Ourselves

“It may seem strange that of all men sailors should be tinkering at their last wills and testaments, but there are no people in the world more fond of that diversion. This was the fourth time in my nautical life … Continue reading

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