Why We Suffer

I believe we go through hard times in life because it makes us better people. It doesn’t have to.  Hardships can make us resentful, angry, mistrustful, or traumatized.  Many people turn out that way. But painful experiences also make us pay attention.  And learn.  Failures and setbacks are better teachers than …

Suffering of the Quiet

One of my cats died last week. Her name was Dax (we’re Trekkies) — 11-years-old, a tiny female. She was a very quiet cat, hardly ever meowed. To us, cats were children-substitutes. So when real children started arriving, our cats became more neglected. Our other cat, Jean-Luc, is a big, …