In Praise of Clutter!

In Praise of Clutter!

In our zeal to clean up, throw away, and streamline we are in danger of losing touch with important moments and aspects of our lives. Before you toss out that old theater program or cluster of dried leaves, step back, take a deep breath, and consider this: • Clutter...
Inside the Flame Events

Inside the Flame Events

Excited about the Inside the Flame events lined up for November and December. Please come to any and all of them and help me spread the word by telling your friends, too. I am so honored to share this with my great community and beyond. (Take a look Inside the Flame...
the girl on the train

the girl on the train

There’s the book, and there’s the movie. The book moves quickly, until it doesn’t. The movie has a score by Danny Elfman. A very haunting, distinguished score by Danny Elfman. The book ended in a hail of red herrings, dei ex machina, and obviousness....
Being Everywhere

Being Everywhere

How many times have you walked into a room, and gotten sidetracked by a piece of mail and after you opened the mail you realized that you’d forgotten why you came into that room in the first place? You re-trace your steps, hoping to remember what you started out...
the post-birthday world

the post-birthday world

It was a piece in The Guardian that led me to read Lionel Shriver‘s justly renowned novel The Post-Birthday World. In this richly imagined, cunningly plotted, and brilliantly realized “what-if?” novel, we meet Irina McGovern, a book illustrator...
immediate approach

immediate approach

“Feeling so nostalgic for London,” said my friend Tai this morning. “It must be the autumnal weather.” She and I spent two weeks in England exactly a year ago, hiking through Jane Austen country in beautiful Bath and then sampling the great...
how ideas take shape

how ideas take shape

It usually begins with something written down longhand. I take it up to my computer, apply a little blind faith and just begin in-putting what’s written on the page. Then something clicks and I’m expanding those ideas without actually thinking. Something...
censoring the imagination

censoring the imagination

  A college birthday party featuring tequila, piñatas and sombreros is branded “an act of ethnic stereotyping.” The perpetrators are branded racists, their party deemed an act of “cultural appropriation.” Thus begins writer Lionel...
becoming post human

becoming post human

In a smart and emotional article in New York Magazine, Andrew Sullivan concludes: There are books to be read; landscapes to be walked; friends to be with; life to be fully lived. And I realize that this is, in some ways, just another tale in the vast book of human...
free time flow chart

free time flow chart

Many people feel that the time they spend at work is essentially wasted — they are alienated from it, and the psychic energy invested in the job does nothing to strengthen their self. For quite a few people free time is also wasted. Leisure provides a relaxing respite...