What Will You Remember About This Chapter?

What will you remember of this chapter of your life? Over at Q Ideas, Micheal Hickerson recently asked that question after reading Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs: What if someone had asked Grant to write his memoirs in 1859? What would he have said about himself? A professional soldier with an undistinguished career, retired at 32, now [Read More...]

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

By now, the idea of the “power of positive thinking” is a cliche, but one that we almost accept as being self-evidently true. Positive people get ahead, right? At the New Yorker, Adam Alter explores research challenging that notion: According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one [Read More...]

In Sickness, In Health

I spotted two articles recently about vocation . . . and illness. At Good Letters, Paige Eve Chant wrote about “how to write in a sick person’s body“: At first, I thought I might keep it a secret, this new disease, because privacy is a long-lost treasure in this world. I was eager to set [Read More...]

Working From Home

I have an office, but I also work from home sometimes, and my husband works from home pretty much all the time. And so we can attest to what Ed Cyzewski recently pointed out at The High Calling: the danger of working from home is that life and work can bleed into one another in [Read More...]


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