The End of an Era

The End of an Era

Yesterday was Guru Purnima, a Hindu celebration when we honor our teachers. My father, Harold Hughes, passed away two weeks ago today, June 30, 2022. He was certainly one of my greatest teachers. In his honor, I share his eulogy… “Thank you, everyone, for...
Zen and the Art of Zuzu

Zen and the Art of Zuzu

Last week I took my car in for its 36,000-mile checkup. “Looks brand new!” Mark the technician said as he did his initial walk-around. “Yeah,” I smiled. “I take good care of her.” An hour later, checkup complete, his words of wisdom were simple, “Whatever you’re...

Puglia, Italy Retreat 2022 with Jurian and David

La Rosa dei 4 Venti chapel 2019 La Rosa dei 4 Venti trulli La Rosa dei 4 Venti sunset Online Sangha The Gang 2022 Locorotondo La Rosa poppy field Ready to eat Cactus in bloom La Rosa dei 4 Venti Buon Appetito! Matera Thoughtful in Matera Polignano a Mare Polignano a...
Not What I Planned On!

Not What I Planned On!

I’m headed to Italy in a couple of days to lead a retreat. (I know, poor me.) It’s been rather comical watching my mind—still unused to the idea of international travel—go through its wild machinations these last couple of weeks as I prepare for the trip....
One Bag of Trash

One Bag of Trash

In last Friday’s Berkshire Eagle, I happened to see a short letter to the editor. Six sentences total, it read, essentially, “In honor of Earth Day, please join me in picking up litter.” I have fond memories of trash pick-up adventures with my dad when I was a little...
To the Beautiful People

To the Beautiful People

Elisabeth Kübler Ross, author of On Death and Dying, said, “Beautiful people do not just happen.” They are made, she argues, by adversity. It is, in fact, struggle, pain, defeat, suffering, loss — and finding a way through and to the other side of them...