The Punchline

The Punchline

The set-up Norman Vincent Peale writes the popular book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” His success spurs the cottage industry: the modern happiness factory. “Positive Thinking” begets generations of life coaches, authors, workshop/retreat leaders and therapists who promote the eradication of negative feelings. Don’t Worry. Be Happy. What’s wrong with that, Kumari? Studies bear me […]

The Whole She-Bang

The Whole She-Bang

Small kid time I learn to ride a bike. I effort heroically with flailing limbs. Coordinating the unfamiliar actions is tough. My poor mom runs alongside me while I tilt left and right, losing my balance. She encourages me. Good teachers are encouraging. With practice I shave off the unnecessary contortions. I not longer tense my […]