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Finding a Peaceful Path Through the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 11:10 PM

The holidays are upon us. Peace on earth, and goodwill to all. Right?

Or perhaps it feels more like stress at home and ill will toward family?

You want to enjoy your families over the holidays, but you end up feeling "not quite at home" with the people to whom...

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Why Your Passion Is Not Enough

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 2:51 PM

My friend is the casting director for The Hobbit. She is, as you might imagine, passionate about her work.

So you might be surprised to learn that my last conversation with her was about the limits of passion. Passion, we agreed, is not enough. Nor is enthusiasm. Or persistence....

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Zen of Giving and Receiving: a Buddhist Take on Effective aid

(4) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 1:30 PM

Periodically someone comes up with a bright new "aid" idea that generates a lot of discussion about effective aid and good intentions. Last year it was one million used t-shirts to Africa.

When I sent a tweet about ineffective aid, saying "Your old stuff is not good aid", a...

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Three Cups of Humble Pie

(48) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 4:24 PM

In my country (New Zealand), we get well-schooled in the dangers of getting "too big for our own boots." We call it the "tall-poppy syndrome": the risk that any flower who stands above the rest will have its head lopped off.

I know some people who suspect this is what's...

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