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Farsighted

January 29, 2019

Farsighted: How we Make the Decisions That Matter Most by Steven Johnson points our attention to one more benefit of being a reader of literary fiction. His book suggests that reading literary fiction can improve decision making, Novelists draw out the complexity of their characters’ inner lives and fictional situations help us to see decisions from the point of view of others. A novel does not  give you the answers, but it does make you better at  following the threads.

John Steinbeck and a 2019 Aspiration

January 1, 2019

From John Steinbeck—worth pondering “There are events in our personal lives and our collective history that seem categorically irredeemable, moments in which the grounds for gratefulness and hope have sunk so far below the sea level of sorrow that we have ceased to believe they exist. But we have within us the consecrating capacity to […]

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Try to keep the “Merry” in the holiday season

December 10, 2018

In the midst of the Holiday Season, the pace of life speeds up and the ubiquitous To Do List seems to expand by the second. The moments you take to pause, might just be part of the special moments you are all trying so hard to create for friends and family. My antidote to a […]

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Reading is one of the essential building blocks of cultivating a self.

October 22, 2018

Storytelling plays a big role in the process of development and is not something that belongs in childhood, only to be left behind as we grow up.  As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, […]

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“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”

August 18, 2018

Human beings were never born to read. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. Reading changed the brain and changed the way we think and feel. And now we are seeing how technology is transforming the brain and a question we are beginning to get some […]

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