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What Would Jesus Say to Mitt Romney?

posted by BJ Gallagher

    My heart sank when I heard Mitt Romney’s videotaped comments to a group of  wealthy campaign donors. I so wanted to believe that he’s a good, kind, spiritual man – even though I disagree with his politics. I […]

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This July 4th, We Need a “Declaration of Interdependence”

posted by BJ Gallagher

On Viet Nam Moratorium Day in 1969, UCLA professor Warren H. Schmidt sat down to his morning writing. What flowed onto paper was a parable he titled “Is It Always Right to Be Right?” In it he examined the divisiveness […]

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Big Lessons from the Best Little Publishing House on the Planet

posted by BJ Gallagher

“If you ever publish with another house, you’ll be disappointed,” literary agent Julie Hill told me. “Berrett-Koehler has spoiled you.” We were both at a cocktail party in San Francisco, celebrating the fourth anniversary of Berret-Koehler, a small publisher with […]

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Street Dharma: Teaching Meditation to the Homeless

posted by BJ Gallagher

A few months ago, I met a man named Kiley Jon Clark who teaches meditation to the homeless in San Antonio, Texas. My curiosity piqued, I asked him to tell me more about what he calls HMP Street Dharma (HMP […]

Byron Katie: “Who Would You Be Without Your Story?”

posted by BJ Gallagher

Stories. We all have them: “My father was a critical perfectionist and I was never good enough to please him.” “My mother was jealous and competed with me.” “My father is an alcoholic.” “My mother beat me.” “My children don’t […]

Buddha, Books, Bombs, and Bush

posted by BJ Gallagher

September 11 was supposed to be an auspicious day for Franz Metcalf and me: It was the day of our first author event for our new book, What Would Buddha Do at Work? The book had just been published and […]

Steve Jobs: Best Dad in the Whole World

posted by BJ Gallagher

I met Steve Jobs about 20 years ago when a Silicon Valley headhunter called me regarding a job opportunity at NeXT, the new computer company Jobs had founded after he left Apple in the ’80s. NeXT was growing and Jobs […]

Marie Lawson Fiala: The Healing Power of Prayer and a Mother’s Love

posted by BJ Gallagher

“There’s no place on the map called ‘Safe,’” a wise therapist friend told me many years ago, and her words came back to me as I read Marie Lawson Fiala’s new book, Letters from a Distant Shore. Her story reminds […]

She Had to be Willing to Die Before She Could Live

posted by BJ Gallagher

“The term ‘homosexual’ is really a misnomer when it comes to lesbians,” Kristin Katalin told me when we sat down to talk recently. “The more appropriate term would be ‘homoemotional.’ For most of us, it isn’t about sex so much […]

The Happiness Habit

posted by BJ Gallagher

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln once wrote. I’ve long thought so, too. Happiness seems to be a habit as much as anything – a habit of perception, a habit […]

Kathryn, Cancer and God

posted by BJ Gallagher

I called my friend Sam Beasley to complain about the injustice: “I just got word that my friend Kathryn has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. She’s only 68 years old. She’s been sober for 30 years; she hasn’t […]

EGO = Edging God Out

posted by BJ Gallagher

This is a tale of two “Today” shows. Five years ago, a “Today” show producer called to invite me to come on the show for a segment about women breaking up with their girlfriends. I told almost no one I […]

The God Whisperer … ?

posted by BJ Gallagher

I watched an episode of Cesar Milan’s “Dog Whisperer” TV show a few weeks ago and was fascinated by the dynamic between man and dog. It looked like Milan had taken on Mission Impossible with this particular mutt – a […]

If God is Your Co-Pilot, Switch Seats

posted by BJ Gallagher

My dad was an Air Force pilot. He taught me the difference between a pilot and a co-pilot. The pilot calls the shots; the co-pilot is the number two guy (or gal). The pilot is in charge; the co-pilot assists […]

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What Would Jesus Say to Mitt Romney?
    My heart sank when I heard Mitt Romney's videotaped comments to a group of  wealthy campaign donors. I so wanted to believe that he's a good, kind, spiritual man - even though I disagree with his politics. I think Jesus' heart must have sunk, too, to hear such cold, condemning words from the

posted 2:25:54am Sep. 19, 2012 | read full post »

This July 4th, We Need a "Declaration of Interdependence"
On Viet Nam Moratorium Day in 1969, UCLA professor Warren H. Schmidt sat down to his morning writing. What flowed onto paper was a parable he titled "Is It Always Right to Be Right?" In it he examined the divisiveness that was tearing our country apart in the '60s: Counterculture versus Establishmen

posted 4:39:02pm Jul. 02, 2012 | read full post »

Big Lessons from the Best Little Publishing House on the Planet
"If you ever publish with another house, you'll be disappointed," literary agent Julie Hill told me. "Berrett-Koehler has spoiled you." We were both at a cocktail party in San Francisco, celebrating the fourth anniversary of Berret-Koehler, a small publisher with a big mission: "Creating a World tha

posted 1:43:22am Jun. 25, 2012 | read full post »

Street Dharma: Teaching Meditation to the Homeless
A few months ago, I met a man named Kiley Jon Clark who teaches meditation to the homeless in San Antonio, Texas. My curiosity piqued, I asked him to tel

posted 4:30:12pm Nov. 04, 2011 | read full post »

Byron Katie: "Who Would You Be Without Your Story?"
Stories. We all have them: "My father was a critical perfectionist and I was never good enough to please him." "My mother was jealous and competed with me." "My father is an alcoholic." "My mother beat me." "My children don't respect me." "My ex is a jerk." "I'm too fat." "I was a bad mother." "I'm

posted 5:10:04am Oct. 15, 2011 | read full post »

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