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AUTHOR: Josh

Gratitude for Carson Barnes

Carson and I had a code word: Cloud. Our relationship was fiery, volatile, amidst such incredibly deep and karmic love.  (She used to ask what I thought our love was in previous lifetimes, deep conversations ensuing over all the lives she felt we had spent loving one another).  Our relationship, her life, ended while in […]

Goodbye to Carson Barnes

Carson Elizabeth Barnes… My twin flame. For much of the past year and a half, my soul partner, my best friend, my near daily companion… She was struck by a car on Sunday evening, and passed away on July 4th. She was an angel. She used to say that she knew, heard a small voice, […]

My 2023 Passover Seder Haggadah

Last year, being faced with hosting my first big seder, and finding every Haggadah different than how I use and wanted to share Passover ritual, I decided to write my own. In it, I curated my approach to Judaism/ritual/passover, striving for relevant meaning and connection using old rituals. As my approach is often different, yet […]

Why I No Longer Celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Purim

Purim is fun. It’s the Jewish holiday where everyone dresses up (think Halloween/Mardi Gras), recounts the story of Purim (while boo’ing the villain Persian Haman, and cheering the great Jew Mordechai), and gets wasted (to the extent of being “obligated to drink on Purim until he does not know the difference between ‘cursed be Haman’ and […]

Perspective and My Sister

​​As most of you know, I think (and talk) a lot about perspective – how the narratives with which we approach life determine our experiences.   Quick kid story: My 10-year-old daughter knows my thoughts around perspectives well. She told me the other day: “It was hot today but I was fine. It’s weird how some […]

Somber Truths (Short Fiction)

Once upon a time – but maybe not a time that was, but a time that is, or will be – there was, or is, or will be, a somber town, full of somber people; a town that exists in hues of grey. Magnificent hues of grey, mind you. The mercury-colored river that traverses the […]

The Ugly Dog

For my daughter’s 10th birthday, I gave her a fluffy stuffed dog with rainbow-colored fur, and this story to go along with it… Once upon a time, there was a dog born with no fur. No fur?!? That’s right. No fur. Just skin. And really wrinkly, spotted skin. He wasn’t a pretty dog. Sounds pretty […]

What Do You Want To Be Right About?

[Effectively Part 2 of “Everyone is Right”] Everyone is right: so what do you want to be right about? The crucial piece of this philosophy, and in everything being contextual, is that we each have control over our subjective reality.  In other words: we have control over what we believe. It may be hard as […]