Evil

During a four-day Thanksgiving Weekend¬†retreat at the Bhavana Society a dozen years ago, I was listening to the society’s founder and abbot,¬†Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, give a dharma talk. A Sri Lankan monk from the age of 12, Bhante G came to the United States in 1968, when he was 40. He earned a bachelor’s, a…

Confession of a Former Newsman

I worked in the newsrooms of Philadelphia and New York City tabloid newspapers from 1966 to 1976. Although U.S. tabloids were not as outrageous then as they are today, they did have their faults, including an emphasis on the sensational. It’s popular to despise the media now, to blame the media for much of what’s…

Making a Sad Song Better

I have almost no academic credentials, but life has given me a doctorate in recovering from traumatic loss.

My Schizophrenic Conversation

I’ve experience more than my share of traumatic losses. That’s the bad news. The good news is that each one taught me a great deal, and telling some of the stories may help others.The video below, from January 2012, is the first story I ever told with Better Said Than Done. It’s not easy to…