learning from E.B. White

Among the surprising discoveries I made in 2022 included the letters and thoughts of E.B. White. Best known for his children’s fiction (Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, etc), he also wrote for the New Yorker for decades. And, like so many influential people in the pre-internet age, he wrote letters - where he shared thoughts both…

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laughter and hope

In her idea-spurring book, Make a List, Marilyn McEntyre describes list-making as a spiritual exercise. She describes how the making of lists can shape, form, and reveal us - while she also shares a number of her own as examples and food for thought. One of them, "What marriage teaches us," includes these ideas: There’s…

gratitude with grit

As you sat around the Thanksgiving dinner table recently, and someone offered you something you didn’t want on your plate, what did you say? No thank you. You declined, and your polite "no" was enough - unless Uncle Ned was really insistent that you try his brussel sprout & lima bean surprise. If only "No,…