Category Shorts

Outside

They listened to the wind through the branches, wrapped arm in arm, alone and complete. Beyond the walls of the small weathered house, night creatures foraged for anything they could find, invisible owners of the desolate plains.

Ten Reasons to Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be defined as giving complete attention to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment in the immediate present while maintaining a non-judgmental focus. The process of becoming more mindful doesn’t have to be complicated. Paying attention to your breathing, noticing the sights, sounds, and smells around you, and focusing on tactile sensations can help you realize that thoughts and emotions are evanescent. They don’t define you. Following

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On Why We Are Willing to Die

The other day, New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams told a group of Jets fans, “If I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field.” In response, Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett tweeted, “Look football is great but I ain’t dying for this shit. Lol.” This begs the question of why so many people glorify the early exit. They’ll die for country, family,

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Hey, Who’s That Guy with Judy Collins?

Yes, that’s me, as close to heaven as I’m likely to get here on Earth. I’ve been a Judy Collins fan for many years, but this last year she’s put me over the top with her new work with the songs of Stephen Sondheim. My sister hates Judy’s haircut, but, well, Judy Blue Eyes has entertained so many for so long that she should be able to wear her hair

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Memorial Park in Summer

“Gimme Shelter” echoed across the lake as the spectators watched the event unfold. A wakeboarder launched into the air and curled in a perfect circular arch, straining to reach the unbounded sky just a kiss away.

Malcolm Gladwell, Happy Assumptions, and the True Nature of Work

In Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell offers a curious definition of what most people consider to be satisfying work: “Those three things — autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether

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