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why goodness matters: words from mom

August 9, 2007

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Here’s a warm and wise blog post from Living, Loving, Learning. We’re just excerpting them here, so be sure to click over to their site and read all of these inspiring quotations. Mom is always saving things for me, newspapers, magazine articles, and books are almost always stacked up at her door waiting for me. […]

stay hungry. stay foolish

August 2, 2007

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Universities rightly get a lot of crap for handing out honorary degrees to celebrities (Tom Selleck, anyone?) just to ramp up the glam factor of their graduation ceremonies so that the no-name honorary degree-getters will feel inspired to donate millions. But every now and again a celebrity comes up with something that’s pure gold. They’re […]

life advice from dead people: F. Scott Fitzgerald

August 1, 2007

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Hey, some of them were pretty smart, for dead people. Take F.Scott Fitzgerald here: he wrote what many consider to be the Great American Novel (everyone who doesn’t consider it to be Huck Finn, that is). And he also wrote these very wise little precepts for his daughter, which I borrowed from One Little Detail’s […]

help yourself: poster o’ the day

July 31, 2007

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click to enlarge: from CVV Suicide Prevention via Ads of the World :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: ::

a little motivational mood music

July 31, 2007

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Because sometimes you just need Elvis to give you a little bit of a kick in the ass. And here he is! Hail the King! No lyrics this time, because quite frankly they’re not the best thing about this song. Man, that was another age: a sexist, hound-doggin’ age. But Elvis is still The King! […]

vacate the premises

July 25, 2007

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Have we all heard enough from the self-proclaimed workforce martyrs who whine about how the company cannot possibly spare them for a four-day weekend once a decade? It’s great to love what you do; it’s not so great to be scared to turn your back on it. That does not speak of confidence, y’all. And […]

the frugal indulgent manifesto

July 22, 2007

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It’s easy enough to live it up, given infinite amounts of cash; there are even expensive consultants to ensure you have a good time. It’s much more challenging to get out and enjoy entertainment, nightlife, fine foods, and other indulgences when you’re acutely non-prosperous (“poor”). If these things are to your taste, you will have […]

the walkability test

July 20, 2007

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Walk Score is an interesting online service that rates your neighborhood by walkability: things like proximity to cafes and parks, presence of sidewalks (why do they even allow developers to build without sidewalks?) and safety features like street lights. You can check out the neighborhood around your home (mine rates 49 out of 100; guess […]

stats: the forbidden love

July 12, 2007

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cross-posted from raincoaster if anyone happens to need typing practice, I could sure use a transcript… This is the so-called lecture, in actuality dialogue, that I gave at Moosecamp, which is the first, more free-form day, of the Northern Voice Blogging Conference. It was my intention to get people talking about the simple right to […]

podcast: a map of awakening: the five spiritual faculties

July 3, 2007

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These are the five Buddhist spiritual precepts, explained and expanded upon by Diana Winston, from the excellent collection at DharmaSeed. These principles, as with much of Buddhist practice, can be used by anyone, Buddhist or not. These are paradigms that are universal: you can look at your life, analyze it according to these principles, and […]

99 lessons learned by leaving

July 2, 2007

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Here’s some good food for thought from Edith Yeung (whom I found via sports blog WithMalice: she’s listed 99 things she’s learned by leaving the corporate life. Bear with the typos (god knows we’ve all made typso!) because there’s real wisdom here under an imperfect facade. Actually, the time it takes to sit down and […]