Getting Involved

I’ve been consciously practicing getting involved when I see something that looks like it needs to be addressed — a dog wandering around in a neighborhood where I don’t usually see dogs, for instance, or a baby groundhog looking like it’s about to wander into the street.  This requires that I 1) pay attention to…

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Secrets and Keeping Silence

It’s been a week all about secrets, for me.  First off, we listened in coven to a story from Diana’s Grove Mystery School, which included Cynthea’s brilliant work on secrets:  “The sin that haunts a secret,” she writes, “is not found in the desire for private sharing or the need to keep a confidence held tight.  The sin that…

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Brief Thoughts on Courage

Cal Newport has an interesting post up at Study Hacks on the problems with, as he puts it, “the courage culture.”  He means by this the construction of our lives as one in which we are the heroes, battling against the surroundings which seek to keep us tied down to our boring jobs, rather than seeking our…

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On the Wisdom of Taking Aventures

So, as many of you know, I’ve been putting together online courses in “Taking the Aventure,”  which are all about using the medieval concept of aventure (not adventure — that came later) as a way of steering through life.  Aventures are those opportunities that come in from nowhere.  If they’re big, they take your breath…

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Brief Thoughts on Getting Healthy

Happy May Day!  My friend Doug Sprague has a blog post up about the issues with getting healthy; he’s thinking about 1) how easy it is to compare ourselves to our mentors, which of course, can derail us easily; and 2) how obnoxious our friends and family can find us, when we start talking so…

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Passion for the Work

As I have said before, I admire Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog very much; even when I don’t agree with his conclusions, I find his ideas useful.  He is good to think on if a man would express himself neatly.* But yesterday one of my friends told me he was absolutely turned off by the…

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On Changing Plans

Over at Your Super Awesome Life, Ashley Wilhite has a guest blogger, Stephany, who has posted about the career change she made, one internship away from graduating.  Now, that’s scary stuff.  In my professoring years, I’ve talked to many students who discovered they hated their fields, but didn’t feel like they could change.  They’d already…

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