Work less, do more, live better

Patience Schell reminds us that we might want to reconsider longer hours if we actually want to do good work: Some years ago, I heard that a colleague characterised me as “someone who didn’t work weekends”. This description was not meant as a compliment. It’s true that I make a concerted effort to keep something approximating normal [Read More...]

What Does Rest Look Like?

Comment held a symposium, asking writers how they are working at rest this summer. It’s worth reading. For instance, here’s Norman Wirzba: The opposite of rest is not activity but restlessness. That is, I need to rest so I can calm down and discern how the world around me is a place of so much beauty [Read More...]

The Art of Weekend Rest

A timely article, if you’ve had a week like mine, from the always-lovely Kinfolk: This kind of rejuvenation demands the whole self—pouring oneself in till there’s no room for worried thoughts, fear of missing out on anything else or even that nagging desire to somehow share how well you’re relaxing with others. Finding rest is not just a matter [Read More...]

Work and God . . . Oops! The Times Gets It Very Wrong

Jacopo Bassano, "Garden of Eden." 1570-73

A recent column in the New York Times gets many things right, and at least one thing very wrong. In “The ‘Busy’ Trap,” cartoonist and writer Tim Kreider laments our tendency to lament our constant busyness. He begins: If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot [Read More...]


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