Category Archives: Life

The Purpose of Life…

Entering a room for a meeting at UMass recently I found this message on the white board, left from an earlier meeting of people unknown to me: “The purpose of life is not to be  happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that youContinue Reading

Taking it to the Masses; Service-Learning for Social Change

I believe that essentially (almost) everyone wants to help make the world a better place. Most people would agree that they want to contribute in positive ways to their communities or to their country. Many of us want “things” to change. Having an engaged citizenry is essential to Democracy. But how, where and when canContinue Reading

Stepping Outside the Box

I’ve recently moved from a small New England town to an urban home in Holyoke, a former mill city that is beginning to emerge from decades of post industrial hibernation and decay. On the bright side, there wasn’t enough wealth in the city of Holyoke for it to experience the “progress” of  the urban renewal decadesContinue Reading