One of today’s top recommended stories in my Medium feed is a piece intriguingly titled “How I Got My Attention Back.” I clicked through, only to see that Medium estimated it as a 14-minute read. Fourteen minutes! You expect me to spend more than half a pomodoro of my precious attention on a wandering first-person narrative about your […]
As a society, we are facing a crisis of understanding. Fake news is just the latest expression of a deeper problem: We have more and more difficulty thinking about (and talking about) complex topics. In short, it’s hard to convey nuance and multiplicity with the media we have today. Social networks are built to facilitate […]
This year I took the kids shopping with me on Christmas Eve. I gave them $60 each: A twenty to buy a present for their mom, a twenty to buy a present for their sibling, and a twenty to buy some stocking stuffers for the other three members of the family. “You’re going to help play […]
I’m done with Facebook for now, so I am signing off for awhile. Partly I am annoyed with the company for not taking a stand against the Trump administration and its elected leader’s comments about making lists of Muslims and immigrants. For the company’s COO to attend a meeting with Trump yesterday and say absolutely […]
Jonathan Taplin: Since 2000, recorded music revenues in the United States have fallen to $7.2 billion per year from $19.8 billion. Home entertainment video revenue fell to $18 billion in 2014 from $24.2 billion in 2006. United States newspaper ad revenue fell to $23.6 billion in 2013 from $65.8 billion in 2000. And yet, by […]
A really insightful essay on why nonviolence plays such an important role at Standing Rock — and how it might work going forward. “The way we see and treat someone is a powerful invitation for them to be as we see them. See someone as deplorable, and even their peace overtures will look like cynical […]
“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be […]
Keeping a gratitude diary, or less pretentiously, taking some time out of every day to write down the things you’re thankful for, is an effective way to increase happiness.
And I’d like to suggest one small addition.
In addition to writing down things you’re thankful for (rainbows, puppies, burritos) take some time each day to express your gratitude to a specific person.
The radio tells me that calls to suicide hotlines are up 30 percent since the election. The news tells me that racists will be in the white house. Friends share stories with me about how bad things are about to get. A writer I respect says we have less than two months at best. People […]
In the past few days I’ve been thinking about how much I have to lose. I enjoy the evenings at my son’s soccer practice, overhearing snippets of English, Spanish, and Arabic. I love the Spanish-speaking soccer moms who bring way too much food to weekend soccer tournaments, plying us with sandwiches, endless fruit salad, macaroni salad, ceviche […]
There have been a disturbing number of racist incidents in the wake of Trump’s election. This video, filmed in response to a similar reaction after Brexit, is really helpful.
Arthur Brooks is the head of a conservative think tank, but his NYT op-eds have been tending in a decidedly Buddhist direction the past year or two. Today, he shares a byline with the Dalai Lama. Excerpts: Everyone has something valuable to share. We should start each day by consciously asking ourselves, “What can I do […]