Kindred spirit Rob Hopkins– who seeded the now-global Transition Town movement— wrote about humanity’s urgent need for more imagination in his recent book From What Is to What If. He’s followed that with a podcast called From What If to What Next?, in which he speaks to all kinds of different people musing on What… Read More Yours Truly on the What If podcast
Into the forest. With animal companion. No phones allowed.
I tell folks to reckon with an absolute minimum of 18 months from inception to birth of a nonfiction book or memoir. Better to plan for two years if you want to make it solid. Note that this is based on working with traditional publishers, who (still) require at least 6 months after the manuscript… Read More Congrats to Storia grad Naomi Ryland!
“Don’t shove me into your pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.” …We talked about the usefulness of whispering one’s writing aloud when revising, and how it somehow functioned better than reading at a normal volume, when trying to get the music… Read More Ursula’s Tentacles
Alongside the church of the “start-up”–a term I recall used only in connection with lawnmowers, once upon a time not so long ago– another sect I’m totally over are the acolytes of “productivity,” with their tomato timer rituals and delusions of control. Productivity is not the measure of our self-worth, people. Meanwhile, by Living like… Read More False Idols
Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal the clear winner from a rather homogenous stew. Carnegie and Branson and Machiavelli, oh my. Susan Rabiner’s book Thinking Like Your Editor is also highly recommended for folks putting together a nonfiction book proposal. It’s the ONLY book on this I recommend!
Every day, in every interaction, each of us has an opportunity to build the new foundational narrative of life, or cosmology– that is, the story that answers our deepest, most central questions like: What is Life For? Why are we Here? This is the same story that shapes all our institutions including our economic system,… Read More We the Champions
We all – adults and children, writers and readers – have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a… Read More Neil Gaiman on the importance of reading, books, and libraries
Long walks in the woods with M. Attention to how the dirt yields under my steps, the whiff of decay from accumulating leaves, the splashes of horse chestnuts lobbing themselves into the lake. I revel in my body, appreciating coordination, the ease where pain has been before, grace. In soft focus, on the back… Read More Best Show in Town: Mother Nature
To and around my secret lake is about three miles roundtrip. Sometimes we’re silent as we walk, taking in the morning’s glory, sometimes we’re talking. In the home stretch, my client consults his phone for the time. “I thought we were going to get to work so early this morning given how early it was… Read More Redefining work