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Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Peter Mandel

In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air ...

You Become What You Believe

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Siobhan Kukolic

Your mind is so powerful. It is your key to health, success and happiness. As Oprah once said, "You don't become what you want, you become what you ...

Doing Your Best And Sometimes Not

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 06.30.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Can we always be at our best? Is it possible? The reality is that while we strive to do our best and put our best foot forward, sometimes we will still feel that we have fallen short. As imperfect people, we need to remember that it's not perfection that we should be seeking.

If You Found Out You Were Dying

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 06.29.2016 | Good News
Siobhan Kukolic

I saw an anonymous meme on Facebook this weekend that stopped me in my tracks. It said, "If you found out you were dying, would you be nicer, love mo...

The Gift Of Life

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Siobhan Kukolic

May we all relish in our health when we have it, face life's challenges with a positive outlook, and celebrate the gift of life by living it to the fullest each and every day.

The Feed Eaters

Gregg Murray | Posted 06.10.2016 | Technology
Gregg Murray

Domesticated animals eat feed. Day after day, the farmer fills the trough with the same oats, the same feed. As we lie in sleep, our sidecars charge, our prostheses: computers, tablets, smartphones. Receptacles for the news feeds, charging to accommodate relentless scrolling throughout the day. Everywhere, silently revving for the coming feeding.

Your One Wild And Precious Life

Siobhan Kukolic | Posted 04.19.2016 | Good News
Siobhan Kukolic

Henry David Thoreau once said, "It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?" We are all over-scheduled...

Thoreau's Nephew: Romania's Literary Slaughterhouse

Tara Skurtu | Posted 02.23.2017 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Poets be warned. Only in Romania is there a poetry reading series known as the slaughterhouse. It's called Thoreau's Nephew (Nepotu´ Lui Thoreau) and...

Tilting at Windmills

Yara Zgheib | Posted 01.22.2017 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

At the risk of seeming mad, at the risk of failing, we must never stop seeking, "in a world suddenly too small for existing cosmologies, a reality large enough to contain what we have seen"...

In Defense of Henry David Thoreau

Sierra | Posted 10.29.2016 | Green
Sierra

OK, Thoreau could be a sourpuss. So what? One doesn't have to be a paragon of niceness to be prophetic.

3 New Articles About Books to Read Right Now

The National Book Review | Posted 10.16.2016 | Home
The National Book Review

Three great reads about books, from The New York Review of Books, Atlas Obscura, and The New Yorker.

Texting Isn't the Problem: A Conversation With Sherry Turkle About Reclaiming Conversation

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.05.2016 | Technology
Davis Schneiderman

I recall my first year as a professor at Lake Forest College (2001), where a single student spoke on her bulky cell phone as she walked across the quad. I would hold my hand to my ear as I passed her as if I were talking, a joke we shared.

'You Should Pray I Choose the Latter'

Tom Allon | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Tom Allon

Violence or civil disobedience? That has been the perennial question facing the Civil Rights movement, which has evolved into the "Black Lives Matter" crusade. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., civil disobedience has been a powerful weapon in spearheading needed social progress.

4 Words to Solve Anything -- Part 1

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 06.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

I love finding a simple solution, road testing it, and then passing it on -- and maybe you're the same. But the problem for most of us is remembering...

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

The Secret of Life

Deborah King | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

As a spiritual teacher, I'm often asked for the "secret of life." The one asking the question is probably expecting some deep esoteric answer, coming ...

What Poet Robinson Jeffers Can Teach Christians

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.29.2016 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) loves the Latin phrase "Incurvatus in se." It comes from St. Augustine and means to be curved in on oneself. Luther believes that we have a tendency not just to worship our self, but to see the world only according to our own self interest.

I Will No Longer Pay Taxes for War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

No longer can I look past the reality that my annual voluntary forfeiture of money to my government pays for violence around the globe, at astounding levels, and I am not able to provide any more excuses or rationalizations that paying without protest, that being complicit in funding war without resistance, is not contradictory to my faith and to my conscience.

Joan Wulf: Special Topics in Elemental Physics

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 05.09.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

In both style and substance, Joan Wulf's artistic practice exists at a poetic nexus of nature and science. Her art has stemmed largely from her observations of the environment, both as an independent, self-governing system of matter and energy, and as an interdependent context for a range of cultural, scientific, philosophical, and industrial human activity.

Men in Skirts

Greg White | Posted 05.03.2015 | Style
Greg White

Men love to strike bold poses. Pants constrict that. That time Angelina Jolie stuck her leg out of her dress, like a kickstand, I said, "Wow, there's someone in charge." I'd be a more effective leader if I could confidently pop my legs two feet apart to begin a business meeting.

Overwhelmed By Your Life? Perhaps It Is Time to Simplify

Melissa Heisler | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

If you had millions of dollars, what would you do? Buy an expensive house and car? How about a used van and park it by the ocean? That is exactly what...

3 Proven Moves to Accomplish Your Top 10 2015 Goals

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Last in the series: 8 Moves to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet* For 35 years I've set my top 10 annual goals, and the results have been extraordinary. ...

The Heart of the Matter: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking

Sezin Koehler | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Part artist manifesto, part confessional, part feminist memoir: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is a thoughtful treatise on the spectrum of giving and receiving help from others, in whatever shape that may take.

Dennis McNally Revisits Highway 61 (and Beyond)

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Joanna Colangelo

In his new book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally reminds us of who he is at his truest core -- and that is, one of the finest cultural historians of our time.

When Social Kills

David Sable | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
David Sable

My fear is that we are beginning to look at our personal technology as a totem. The kind of totem that people once thought (and some still do) protected them from bullets or arrows or bears -- bottom line: an unnatural death.