Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.

Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City

It would be many years before I began to understand that all of life is practice: writing, driving, hiking, brushing teeth, packing lunch boxes, making beds, cooking dinner, making love, walking dogs, even sleeping. We are always practicing.

I came home to a cat, her white paws delicately dancing past the typewriter, mine.

Tucked inside the typewriter was a sheet, long dead, with the words I wrote by hand:

"Place yourself in circumstances of want, and ask yourself, "is this what I fear?"