Culture | Learning | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Seasons

Crispy Days

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald Who says beginnings should be saved for New Year’s or spring? Every day offers the same opportunity for transformation. Aside from seasonal planting and certain outdoor sports, a crisp autumn day seems just as appropriate a time to change…

Exploration | Learning | Personal Growth

Something to Savor

“How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.” ― Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery When we think back on our days, how many are frosted with magic and delight? The very definition of ordinary points to the relative sameness in…

Personal Growth | Learning | Stoicism

What Escapes Us

“Our life is also what we have not dared to do … what escaped us.” — Javier Marias Javier Marias passed away on September 11th, triggering a series of tributes to a productive literary life. This quote stood out for me, for all the reasons you might expect from this particular blogger. If there’s a…

Learning | Art | Personal Growth | Writing

Mastering the Omission

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” — Hannah Arendt There’s an art to telling stories. You see it masterfully displayed in the work of certain authors and public speakers. Everyone knows a great story when they hear it, but many don’t understand the craft of actually creating something that becomes compelling….

Culture | Career | Community | Learning | Personal Growth

Seeking vs. Seeing

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” — André Gide There are a lot of earnest, hardworking people in the world, seeking a better future for themselves and others. And there are a smaller, though seemingly just as many, buzzing cluster of charlatans and false prophets telling all who will…

Personal Growth | Habits | Learning

Living Beyond

“Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” – Markus Zusak I spoke with a gentleman at a cash register while I was purchasing a new shirt. I was the only customer in the store, he was eager to talk to someone and I had the time to give. We spoke of the future,…

Career | Learning | Personal Growth | Poetry

Doing, With Purpose

“There is nothing quite so useless, as doing with great efficiency, something that should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker “You seem to spend a lot of time worrying if you will survive, and you will probably survive…. It’s the wrong question! The question is how to be useful.” — Peter Drucker to…

Writing | Art | Learning | Productivity

Creating, Out of Yourself

“Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings.” —…