January 3, 2020

33 New Year’s Resolutions by Woody Guthrie

American folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a list of 33 New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st, 1943, to usher in the year. Amidst his doodles are a number of pearls of wisdom. 1. Work more… Continue Reading

November 28, 2019

“Five Contemplations” by Thích Nhất Hanh

Five Contemplations Here are Five Contemplations that Buddhist master Thích Nhất Hanh suggests be spoken before a meal. The practice, outlined in his book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, is a means to transform our… Continue Reading

October 4, 2019

What Orwell feared versus what Huxley feared

Neil Postman writes: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to… Continue Reading

September 13, 2019

Advice on Parenting from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

In one scene of Kahlil Gibran's classic work The Prophet, the titular character is asked by a young mother to provide some advice on parenting. The prophet responds by saying:   Your children are not… Continue Reading

August 16, 2019

“Let me tell you about love…” by Toni Morrison

Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you or whether you can put up with somebody in order to get something… Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules

From the Introduction to If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules: Life has often been compared to a game. We are never told the rules, unfortunately, nor given any instructions about how to… Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

An Excerpt from “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo

We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every… Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Chuck Jones’ 9 Rules for Coyote & Road-Runner Cartoons (Plus 2 More)

In their 2015 book A Beautiful Constraint, authors Adam Morgan & Mark Barden posit that the limitations we face in any endeavor (be it artistic or otherwise) can be a source of inspiration. We can… Continue Reading

May 17, 2019

How to Talk to Kids, According to Fred Rogers

Fred Rogers, the gentle genius behind the PBS children's show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood had a keen sense of how children thought. He seemed to intuitively know their fears and what they struggled to understand. In the… Continue Reading

April 13, 2019

Jorge Luis Borges Draws a Self-Portrait While Blind

According to the New York Times: Jorge Luis Borges — who had gone blind when he was in his 50s — did his [self-portrait] in the basement of the Strand, using one finger to guide… Continue Reading