March 10th, 2010


Optimism -


I met a friend recently in a restaurant where the water glasses had a line at the mid-point and above the line it said optimist and below it said pessimist.  Very clever,  I thought.

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land,
or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

- Helen Keller

I am heading south today to spend the night with my son and his wife.   Tomorrow, Jane and I will speak in Pacific Grove about Breast Strokes so that will be fun, and then,  I go back to Jeff and Jan's for another fun night with them.   Friday, Saturday and Sunday I will be at a retreat center in the Santa Cruz mountains with a group of around sixty women.  It looks like a beautiful place to become more clear on my next steps.  My glass is full.  

I am slowly beginning to post on the Breast Strokes Blog.  You can check it out at:

Again the website is at:
imperial moth caterpillar


Over and over I read the importance of time in one's day to "be."

"Deny children -- or anyone else -- the chance to do ‘nothing,’ and we may be denying them the chance to do ‘something’ -- to find and do any work that is truly important to themselves or to someone else."

-- John Holt

May you do "nothing" for some part of today and then may you check this out:

Alan - sunrise - Palm Springs area

For Men and the Women Who Love Them!!


I try not to advise people on medical treatment.  I am pleased to listen as my friends explore but I think ultimately each of us needs to feel within and follow the path that feels right to us.

I think this is an absolutely essential article for each of us to read.   I know a man who did not take the western medical advice around prostate cancer treatment and many years later he is fine. I also know those who take the risk and endure some pretty horrific treatment.  Perhaps this article can help with a decision if there is a need for one.