Si Kahn first learned of the power of song—perhaps like so many in the 60s—from his work in activism. In his book Creative Community Organizing: A guide for rabble rousers, activists, and quiet lovers of justice, he writes about his experience as a skinny, dewy kid from the north on the front lines of the burgeoning … Continue reading Singing with Si Kahn
Winning Entry, Massey Lectures contest, fall 2015 by Glen Herbert Margaret MacMillan’s 2015 CBC Massey Lectures were about people who have left a mark on their own time, and on ours. Inspired by the lectures, listeners were asked: Who you think will be most remembered fifty years from now? Who will have the greatest impact on our times, and on the … Continue reading “Girl”
New close-up images of a region near Pluto’s equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. The mountains likely formed no more than 100 million years ago — mere youngsters relative to the 4.56-billion-year age of the solar … Continue reading The Icy Mountains of Pluto
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.
“The woman who lived next door decided that bird-watching might keep me from pestering her daughter and my sister. How could she have known that the act of peering through her binoculars at the orioles nesting in her elms would help fan a spark of interest into a lifelong passion?”
By Michael Runtz Continue reading The Howls of August
Matthew Perry opened Japan to trade, introduced the world to gunboat diplomacy, and was one of the first Americans to experience the sport of sumo wrestling. All without ever cracking a smile.
by Commodore Matthew Perry Continue reading Lost in translation
Living with intent may prove to be the coin of the year, bumping mindfulness out of the bestseller lists. Both, of course–and indeed all the other topics under “well-being” at the bookstore–are attempts at answering a question that has long been with us: How do we live better? Emerson didn’t pull any punches when he answered that question: buck up, love thy wood-chopper, and listen to the voices in the solitude. Journalling can’t help you now.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson Continue reading Ralph Waldo Emerson on living with intent
“There were catastrophes and mass killings, extraordinary times of evolutionary innovation, and landscapes we can scarcely imagine. All of this is recorded in the rocks beneath us.”
By Glen Herbert Continue reading The universe in stone: An interview with Mark Wilson
My father was an archetypal product of the 1950s. Complete with a Cary Grant dimple on his chin, his memories of high school sparkled with the clarity of a string of sun-shiny days, football practices, cruising around the town in a baby-blue car. And then things changed.
by Glen Herbert Continue reading What we talk about when we talk about life
“Cheap, low-end clocks,” he once said to a local reporter, “the kind you see in Wal-Mart. That’s where I make my money.”
By Glen Herbert Continue reading Remembering a man you never met