Where’s home?

Home is where the hearth is.  Here’s an interesting video about dreams, life, passion and home.  Something to cool your eyes and hearts during these hot summer days.  Enjoy.


Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

A Better Version of Myself

Who am I?  Who do I want to be?

I want to be happy.  Don’t we all?  But what is the source of happiness?  Ancient philosophers tell us that happiness comes from learning and practising virtuous character strengths.  As we grew up our elders have constantly been telling us that character matters – “if wealth is lost, nothing is lost; if health is lost, something is lost; but if character is lost, everything is lost”.

What determines our character? Can character be developed? What are my top 5 strengths?  Can I shape other people’s character? What is the key to human relationships? Who do I admire? Can character strengths be learned and developed? What strengths can help me become what I want to be? How can character strengths be used to improve life around me?  These are questions posed by the narrator (and writer) of a brilliant visual essay, ‘The Science of Character’.  It ends by asking “if you can be a better version of yourself, how do you want to be?”

Watch the 8 minute video on YouTube:

For additional resources to explore the subject of ‘character’ visit:



Left, right?

I recently saw this message on the electronic sign board in front of a church:

“Give to the Lord what is right, not what is left”.

Unrelated, but it reminded me of a popular song by Johnny Cash:  “The One on the Right is on the Left”.

And here is the man himself:

Here is an older version:

And here are the lyrics – for the die-hard fans:

Needs, wants, needs, wants!

That’s right.  It never ends. Needs, wants, needs, wants, needs, …  It goes around and comes around in a (vicious?) circle.  I thought you might find this interesting too, as it is part of the ‘ordinary business of life’:

The good, the bad, the ugly


 ‘There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us”


– attributed (perhaps wrongly) to Robert Louis Stevenson

Everything Men Know About Women

“Have you read this book?”


“You should read this.”

“I don’t read such fancy titles”.

“But you should.”

“No time.  Too many things to read on my table”.

My son thumbs through the pages so I can see it while I pay attention to what’s on the stove.  I am captivated.

“On second thoughts, I guess I might have a look at it.”  Damn whatever’s on the stove!

As usual, I glance at the front jacket of the book:

“Worldwide Best-seller

25th Anniversary Edition

Everything Men Know About Women

Dr Alan Francis

in consultation with Cindy Cashman”

Next step, glance at the back jacket:

“Famed psychologist Alan Francis, in collaboration with renowned behavioralist Cindy Cashman, has written a landmark book on men’s understanding of that most complex of creatures:  woman.  Based on years of research and interviews with thousands of men from all walks of life, he presents the most  complete picture ever revealed of men’s knowledge of the opposite sex.  Fiercely frank and brilliantly insightful, this work spells out everything men know about such topics as:

  • making friends with women
  • romancing women
  • achieving emotional intimacy with women
  • making commitments to women
  • satisfying women in bed”

Forget about Christmas cards this season  (It’s too late, anyway).  Gift this book.  (It’s cheaper – at $4.99).  And you’ll be popular, if not famous.

This 120-page book is the most brilliant one I have ever come across, and perhaps the most profound.

Where can you get it?  Try:

Andrews McMeel Publishing, or

http://www.andrewsmcmeel.com, or


You might get it off Amazon too, but I am not too sure.

Disclaimer:  I gain no benefits, financial or otherwise from this ‘promotion’.  But it IS a book worth every cent you pay.