Radical Gratitude

The notion of gratitude is hot these days. Search the Internet, and you’ll find more than a million sites about thankfulness. For example, university psychologists recently conducted a research project on gratitude and thanksgiving. They divided participants into three groups. People in the first group practiced daily exercises like writing in a gratitude journal. TheyContinue reading “Radical Gratitude”

Living Alone Is Not a Sentence

Quarantines and social-distancing mandates have seemed to only exacerbate the ongoing problem of loneliness — particularly for the same-sex-attracted single woman or man. It has become commonplace for me to hear, “I am afraid of being alone for the rest of my life.” But this feeling, though understandable, is based on a faulty premise: singlenessContinue reading “Living Alone Is Not a Sentence”

The Dangers of a Successful COVID Vaccine

Our newsfeeds are full of encouraging results in trials of potential vaccines for COVID-19. I need to start this countercultural article by saying I really hope we get an effective vaccine. I hope we get it soon. I hope it can be rolled out, not only in my own country, but all over the world.Continue reading “The Dangers of a Successful COVID Vaccine”

Hope Is Better Than Nostalgia

Let me begin with the confession that I am deeply nostalgic. Merriam-Webster defines nostalgic as “longing for or thinking fondly of a past time of condition.”[1] Smells, songs, sceneries, places, people—they all have a way of taking me “way back” (and I’m only 29). The most random and insignificant things do it for me—the smell of diesel fuelContinue reading “Hope Is Better Than Nostalgia”