An interesting thought to judge your reading against

January 22, 2017

Door“When I* was 17, Isaac Babel’s stories opened a door in my mind, and behind that door I found a room where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.” How often can you say that about the books you read?
* Paul Auster

Martin Luther King, Jr.—what would he say today?

January 15, 2017

Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?” But, conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s […]


How do you get ready to love Tolstoy?

January 11, 2017

“Childhood reading is magic.” “Huck and Jim on the raft. Scout in the courtroom. The images in my mind’s eye I created as a child reading those books are still inside me. I can call them up even now, as I sit using the free Wi-Fi at this coffee shop in Austin, Texas. That’s a […]


“Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”

December 23, 2016

Tis the season—Happy New Year. Understandably people are preoccupied with happiness— how to be happy, how to stay happy, how to increase the amount of happiness you have in your life. A word that leaps out of any conversation or writing about happiness is gratitude. What place does gratitude play in a person’s happiness quotient? […]


“I like good strong words that mean something.”

November 29, 2016

Louisa May Alcott would be 184 years old today. Little Women is the evergreen book many young girls cut their teeth on. I most identified with Jo, who said, “I like good strong words that mean something.” And who did you most identify with?  This might be an example of how one good question can […]


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