I’m self-isolating as instructed, for 4 weeks. I would find it soothing right now to be at a monastery in the mountains somewhere, which leaves me wondering how I can achieve a place of greater peace and serenity at home. What do you consider the necessary essentials for achieving greater peace and serenity at this time - and by what principles do you guide yourselves?

At least Spring is coming for you all in the Northern Hemisphere.

If This is Real, a Path for Change has Finally Opened.



U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, shake hands after signing a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. | Hussein Sayed/AP Photo


The American People need to see that something is "possible" before they will support change. Let's hope more headlines like this will do the trick.

What matters in a president?

While it may be foolish to look to our political system for solutions to our problems, it is arguable that who is president at any given time matters. I used to be less certain about this. I had come to the view that any president was basically a spokes-model for the 1%, and hence the military industrial complex, Wall Street, the establishment, the oligarchy, etc.

In the midst of the daily cray-cray

In the midst of the daily cray-cray (srsly), I sometimes like to pause and look on the bright side. We are having national conversations about many important issues: race and discrimination, police violence and militarized policing, LGBTQ rights, health care for all, free education, wealth and income inequality, dysfunctional government, human rights, immigration, socialism vs.