May 17, 2019

I believe in learning for its own sake as a way of building character and connecting us with the transcendent. I also believe that it wouldn’t hurt us to tell people when we’re learning things that are learned not for their own sake, or even for our own sake . Read more

May 8, 2019

Let your employees come up with their own rhythm of creativity and productivity. And for Pete’s sake, let them shut the door. Read more

April 23, 2019

It has not been an Easter kind of spring. Read more

April 9, 2019

I’ve been thinking often about how there are so many things that were done by others when I was a child have been offloaded to the individual, perceived-as-autonomous-and-rational consumer. Read more

March 22, 2019

There are thousands of digital ways to deliver spiritual content and in my more Luddite moments I ask the question as to whether digital ways are inherently unsuited for delivering spiritual content. Do they ultimately make us unable to receive what we most need? Read more

March 7, 2019

Take one boss and imagine him or her setting a course for the next few months, casting a vision, laying out a roadmap, or whatever it is bosses do these days. Now multiply that by six. Read more

February 20, 2019

You can, as a matter of fact, show love for someone by giving them money, especially when money (rather than, say, “thoughts and prayers”) is what they most need. Read more

February 9, 2019

Yesterday I wrote on my Facebook page “The Victorians had the right idea. Put black on and tell everyone to come back in a year.” Now, I’m a historian of the Victorian era, so I know it was more complicated than that. There were a lot of social rules that may seem overly strict from our perspective, and (as I learned on the rabbit hole of the Internet while looking up Victorian mourning customs) mourning in the full Victorian sense… Read more

January 31, 2019

In each other we are most our own. Read more

January 28, 2019

I had anticipated I’d be writing a post early last week, following up on my thoughts about burnout with my thoughts about multiple gigs and late capitalism, but my father died unexpectedly. He was in his 80s, but had seemed healthy, so it was a great shock (and we now have to fill out All the Forms and do All the Legal Things.) In his honor and memory, I point you to a “golden oldie” I wrote about him -… Read more

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