Pain is Inevitable But Suffering is Optional

Pain is Inevitable But Suffering is Optional

“Metaphor is no mere trope, no simple subject of parody. Metaphor is magisterial, essential. Metaphor is the pliant and universal force, the active dynamism, involved in all the universe. The inherent similarity in dissimilars is that power…
Revealing the Secret Life of an Uber Driver

Revealing the Secret Life of an Uber Driver

This is Christopher. He was my Uber driver in Nashville one morning. In true southern style it didn't take long for us to start chatting and Christopher shared some of his story with me. Before he worked for Uber he was an electrical engineer…
Sometimes We’re Mean Because We’re Actually Really Sweet

Sometimes We're Mean Because We're Actually Really Sweet

I've always had an obsession with aloes. As a student, it did my heart wonders to drive through the Eastern Cape of South Africa to and from Rhodes University in winter and see entire hill sides lit up with flaming Aloe flowers. I was such a…
The Key To Life’s Goodness Is In The Dirt

The Key To Life's Goodness Is In The Dirt

The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are teaming with life. Being summer the creeks are running, birds are prolific but what stood out for me were the forest floors teaming with butterfly congregations. At a few different spots we came across gorgeous…
Amy Attenborough About Amy Leopard Cubs

When My Future Self Wrote My Current Self A Letter

Ben Okri wrote, "every now and again life sends us little messages. The messages are meant for us alone. […] They may seem perfectly banal to the world, but to you, for whom they were intended, they have the force of revelation...” Hindsight…