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The 'Busy' Trap via NYTimes: http://nyti.ms/MgVxRS

The 'Busy' Trap

Illustration for The 'Busy' Trap, article for NYT by Brecht Vandenbroucke

BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist's advice. So moving and I agree 100%. I gave up my career for my kids and husband and it is totally worth it. I get to enjoy my kids and watch them become men. That is priceless.

ZEN PENCILS - BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice. Excellent advice about being satisfied. and not living by the standards of "success or achievement" that other people try to put on you.

Oliver Sacks: Sabbath - The New York Times


The final The New York Times column by Oliver Sacks: Sabbath

What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows "Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer. " (Interesting article in the NYTimes)

What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows

Nostalgia, long considered a disorder, is now recognized to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety — making life seem more meaningful and death less frightening.

This Is What 80 Looks Like - NYTimes.com


Gloria Steinem turns 80 tomorrow, and she's going to be in Botswana. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’ First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.

The New York Times 'Perfect Madness': The Mommy Trap

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Elizabeth Kolbert: Why Are We So Busy? Once, we were warned about a future of overabundant leisure. Now we’re busy complaining about being busier than ever.

Most people don’t notice I’m polite, which is sort of the point. I don’t look polite. I am big and droopy and need a haircut. No soul would…

How to Be Polite

How to Be Polite — The Message — Paul Ford. A lovely, funny essay on politeness. Really worth a read.

A Cure for Hyper-Parenting - NYTimes.com


I used to think that only Americans and Brits did helicopter parenting. In fact, it's now a global trend. NY Times Opinion : A Cure for Hyper Parenting

The Moral Bucket List The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be.   En route to be a stumbler. Would you join me?


What kind of adventures produce goodness, rather than build résumés? The Moral Bucket List NYT ".character is built during the confrontation with your own weakness.

A Total Waste of Makeup, http://www.amazon.com/dp/031234872X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_awdl_yk5Tsb16N8Z7A

Bestseller Books Online A Total Waste of Makeup Kim Gruenenfelder

"Make Good Art" Advice to anyone in the art field. Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012

6 Ways To Make Sure You Don't Hate Your Life And Actually Enjoy It And Stuff

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 by The University of the Arts (Phl) Phenomenal, inspiring speech on pursuing your art.

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World by Lauren Gunderson (HuffPost)      Need to remember that March 20 is  World Theater for Children and Young People Day.  What sort of specials could we run for tickets to see "Trip to Bountiful" (in production at that time) or for purchasing tickets to see "Stargirl" (next show in production, FD series)?

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World