“Bezos is proposing taking Earth’s biggest bookstore (a phrase that used to smack of hubris but is now merely descriptive) and using it to move the world closer to that state of affairs. He wants to increase access to ebooks in order to make money, of course, just as the publishers want to restrict access in order to make money. Bezos doesn’t love books (something his critics never fail to note, as if selling things designed to be sold is an atrocity) but his motivations are producing better outcomes than those of the dominant cartel. If we have to pick between two corporate strategies for making money, the one offering more access is better.”
“As artists – hell, as human beings – if we are lucky enough to endure, with that endurance we have the option of hardening or softening. Of residing in judgement or embracing curiosity. Of diminishing or growing. Each and every moment, we are moving in one direction or the other. It takes a while – perhaps a lifetime – to begin to understand how any of it makes sense. But every once in a great while, the tapestry grows stronger. Threads wind together.”
  • Here it comes, brothers and sisters, the confessions of sins,
  • hominy hominy, dipstick doxology, one more churchcurdled hymn
  • we don’t so much sing as haunt: grounded altos, gear-grinding tenors,
  • two score and ten gently bewildered men lip-synching along.
  • You’re up, Pastor. Bring on the unthunder.
“A great storyteller is the kindly captain who sails her ship with tremendous wisdom and boundless courage; who points its nose in the direction of horizons and worlds chosen with unflinching idealism and integrity; who brings us somewhat closer to the answer, to our particular answer, to that grand question: Why are we here?”
  • David McCloud, the Chief of Staff of the Governor of Virginia, taught me how to write a great speech:
  • • Great speeches are primarily emotional, not logical
  • • Small shifts in tone make an enormous difference to the audience, so sweat the details
  • • A great speech has a clear voice speaking throughout
  • • A great speech conveys one idea only, though it can have lots of supporting points
  • • A great speech answers a great need
“The three dots shown while someone is drafting a message in iMessage is quite possibly the most important source of eternal hope and ultimate letdown in our daily lives,” said Maryam Abolfazli, a writer in Washington who has tackled the topic. “It’s the modern-day version of watching paint dry, except you might be broken up with by the time the dots deliver.”

What if we celebrated the students who regularly try the hardest, help each other the most and lead? What if we fast tracked those students, and made it clear to anyone else willing to adopt those attitudes that they could be celebrated too?

What if you got cast, tracked or made the cut because you were resilient, hard working and willing to set yourself up for a cycle of continuous improvement? Isn’t that more important than rewarding the kid who never passes but still scores a lot of goals?

“The unhappy person is one who has his ideal, the content of his life, the fullness of his consciousness, the essence of his being, in some manner outside of himself. The unhappy man is always absent from himself, never present to himself. But one can be absent, obviously, either in the past or in the future. This adequately circumscribes the entire territory of the unhappy consciousness.”
“All of our artistic and religious traditions take equally great pains to inform us that we must never mistake a good career for good work. Life is a creative, intimate, unpredictable conversation if it is nothing else—and our life and our work are both the result of the way we hold that passionate conversation.”—David Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity”