On Einstein’s Theory of Happiness

A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest. – Albert Einstein Back in 1922, Albert Einstein was giving a series of lectures in Japan. He had just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in November, 1921. While staying at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, a …

Express Gratitude and Grace

Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath. – Zen Master HuangBo This is my Four Hundredth Post – 400!!! I started this blog to rekindle long-smoldering artful fires, and to hurl positive thunderbolts into the gaping void of antagonism and mistrust roiling the world. We all …

Mountain and Moon Fairy Tale

Today is the romantic Mid-Autumn Day moon festival. When I was a managing editor in China, I had to write a large percent of the new content for the monthly magazine and weekly newspaper. The city of Hangzhou is world famous for its Mid-Autumn Day celebration. One year I wrote a well received fairy tale …

Count Your Blessings

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein You have all heard the same advice before from many different people. To achieve your dreams you must set goals. In short you have to become a seer – a person who through supernatural …

Recipe for Joy in Life’s Berry Patch

A somewhat satirical extended metaphor Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns. – Gaelic Proverb Life is like a berry patch The thick brambles of challenges Can seem like impenetrable obstacles Though the passage requires effort Take mindful steps Discover the way forward Prickly sorrowful thorns abound While wounds of disappointment And …