Ritual is poetry in the world of acts. ~ Ross Nichols “Ritual” … To many of us this word stirs up the antiquated connotations of grim religious ceremonies, esoteric chanting, peace offerings to exotic gods, and the burning of incense. Fortunately, that is not what this article is about. Rather, today I want to explore […]
Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece. ~ Nadia Boulanger When I was a young boy I would spend hours and hours alone wandering through the wilderness. I lived in a beautiful countryside town, and to me the days would feel as though […]
For the first time in history, great numbers of people – at all ages in all places, of every political persuasion – have begun settling down as singletons. ~ Eric Klinenberg It was the Greek poet Theocritus who declared that “man will ever stand in need of man”, and the great Roman emperor and Stoic […]
I recently had the good fortune of traveling to Paulo Coelho’s setting for his famous book The Alchemist in Andalucia, Spain. There, I spent a good 3 months living in an old rustic villa that overlooked the sloping mountains and the beautiful Mediterranean sea. It was there that I was also introduced to a slower, […]
Ray Bradbury, Frank Zappa, Stanley Kubrick, Benjamin Franklin, Malcolm X, Julian Assange … some of the greatest and most successful people in history were (and are) not only autotelic, but also autodidacts. As author and autodidact Helen Beatrix Potter once noted: “thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some […]
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