Not that I was clinging to it with any particular vigor, but Jon Michael Greer puts a stake through the heart of my oh-so-wistful desire to experience life in an intentional community. After posting about it in July and getting feedback from friends online and off, I’m coming to understand my interest in intentional community … Continue reading October links
I know nothing about Ethan Hawke, other than the fact that he’s been in some movies. I couldn’t tell you which ones without resorting to Google. I don’t know if he’s a good guy or if I’d like his movies. I liked this, though. As you get close to what you love, who you are … Continue reading There is No Path
Assume that your drive to experience pleasure isn’t a barrier to your spiritual growth, but is in fact essential to it. Proceed on the hypothesis that cultivating joy can make you a more ethical and compassionate person. Imagine that feeling good has something important to teach you every day. ~Rob B./Freewill Astrology
Validation: I am a Maker. What about you? (via Swiss Miss)
I have several alternative lives that exist only in my head. (“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”) In one, I am like Bryan & Jen, who live a nomadic life, build lovely things, and share the details on their blog. … Continue reading The Dangerz
Oliver Burkeman says cut yourself some.
Suzanne Slomin is a farmer and baker who runs a small bread bakery in Vermont and has some things to say about work and running a small business and tending to her sourdough starter (no long vacations!) Douglas Rushkoff is the author of the book Team Human, and host of the Team Human podcast. This is their conversation.
My morning scroll: I went from this to this. Because you gotta fight the patriarchy, and the pet hair, too.
In her essay, “A Thousand Rivers,” award-winning film director Carol Black writes of Iain McGilchrist, a psychiatrist and neuroimaging researcher and author of the groundbreaking book, The Master and his Emissary. [The book] argues that the narrowly focused, mechanical, analytic part of the brain so dominant in modern societies actually evolved as a limited tool to … Continue reading That Does Not Make You Brilliant; It Makes You a Sociopath
“Giulietta, you don’t have enough money to eat tonight,” Glen said, bringing her down to Earth. Then he asked her a question that has since appeared in her writing again and again: “What is your useful skill in a tangible situation?” The answer was easy: she was good at making coffee and good with people. … Continue reading A Useful Skill in a Tangible Situation
How much difference would it make, really, if every coal-fired power plant in the United States were to shut down tomorrow when US coal producers are free to export their coal to China, which they are doing, and when China is building another coal-fired power plant every week? The atmosphere doesn’t care where the coal … Continue reading The Atmosphere Doesn’t Care
“There is no such thing as nonfiction. There is no such thing as truth. People who really know aren’t talking, and the people who don’t have a clue, you can’t shut them up.” ~Tom Waits, on Virtues & Vice
It may be my bias, or my imagination, or my distaste for toil, but from here America looks like one big workhouse, “under God, indivisible, with time off to shit, shower and shop.” A country whose citizens have been reduced to “human assets” of a vast and relentless economic machine, moving human parts oiled by … Continue reading One Big Workhouse