Mary MacKay

Can’t Judge a Book by Lookin’ at the Cover…

So sang Bo Diddley more than 50 years ago – but try as we might, we both judge and are judged in all kinds of ways.  Cognitive scientists say assigning basic categories is part of how we simplify the world so that we’re not overwhelmed – a tree is not a cloud is not a … Continued

What’s Justice Got to do With It? (apologies to Tina Turner…)

I was raised with Martin Luther King’s Dream and the belief that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  And with Thomas Jefferson, who said “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”  And I tremble for my country! America has always struggled to … Continued

On Being Human

We humans spend a lifetime of practice and still we are learning to be human. Dogs, on the other hand, may be the perfect Zen Masters. A Border Collie is perfectly and completely a Border Collie. Her only inner conflict involves keeping her silly sheep together. That purity of essence is part of what I … Continued