I’m a Ph.D.-trained philosophical counselor who teaches individuals and organizations throughout Canada and Europe how to inquire into the things that matter most. A former resident of the Upper East Side in New York City, I now lead a simpler, more contemplative life with Aleksandra in Ojai, California.

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I provide a longer autobiography on my main website as well as a philosophical autobiography from 2009 to the present.


This site contains more than 900 blog posts which were written over a four-year period from January 2011 to the present. Subjects range from death to friendship, from work to love, from humor to praise to sorrow. Following the example of the philosopher Pierre Hadot, I have treated each piece as a kind of spiritual exercise (ascesis): each was to be a meditation aimed less at informing the pupil about a state of affairs than at transforming the philosopher’s perception of the world.

You can find links to more polished writing under the Writing tab.

Main Website

If you would like to learn more about my philosophy practice, you can visit my main website:

Art and Photo Credit

Artwork as well as photos appearing on these pages by Aleksandra Marcella Lauro, a creator of reverent things.