The decision to freefall 13,000 feet out of a plane came after a family vote of “what to do tomorrow” while vacationing in Hawaii. My five children voted on skydiving. Even the little one, who was too young to come, voted for skydiving, because she wanted to see if I had the guts to do it.
When most people hear the word falcon they think of the Atlanta Falcons, the football team, or a Falcon jet, but falconry is a sport that has no interest in pigskin footballs, hot cheerleaders, or private rental jets.
I grew up in Laguna Beach, Calif., a small seaside community, where from sunrise to sunset I remained firmly planted on the shore with my toes deeply buried in the sand. It wasn’t until sleep was unavoidable that I scurried up the gravel cliffs and departed the ocean’s side. My friends called me the Pacific Bunny because I could make it up and down the dunes with frightening and fearless dexterity.
One Saturday morning my mother casually decided that it would be fun to go to a horse auction. I was 8 years old and had never ridden a horse. There was a spunky pony with a long black mane and pawing hoofs that she found “adorable,” so she bought him for $250. My mom was, to say the least, a bit eccentric.
Americans are facing some serious challenges. Our national debt is $14,275,534,380,225.86 and growing. If you are not good at math, that figure is in the trillions.
The philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh suggests in his masterful writings that mindful meditation is the key to human happiness. Ideally, the simple act of walking should dictate the same attentive deliberation and awareness as the act of driving a racecar. It is not the activity but how we approach the action that defines how we participate in life. A simple concept, decidedly challenging to accomplish.
On June 12, my oldest daughter will graduate from Dartmouth College with a Degree in Philosophy. She is fluent in both Taiwanese, and Chinese. She has a remarkable job waiting for her after graduation in the office of a Nobel Laureate. My second child is about to embark on her senior year of study at Vassar. She is also tri-lingual, and, in addition to earning her AB, will be receiving her teaching certification.
Same-sex marriage is not a gay rights issue — it is a civil rights issue whose outcome is critical to upholding the principles of the American Constitution and Declaration of Independence.