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On Biogenic, Sociogenic and Ideogenic Identity

February 26th, 2015

When it comes to discussions of identity, many of us assume we have a unified, cohesive sense of self that we refer to as our identity. I am who I am. The fact of the matter, however, is that identity is far more complicated than that. Indeed, it goes well beyond the roles that we […]

Sunday Snippet: Poet Kathleen Norris

February 22nd, 2015

“If we are lucky, we can give in and rest without feeling guilty. We can stop doing and concentrate on being.” We all have our dreams and ambitions for what we want to achieve and what we want to get out of life. At the same time, we are burdened with the responsibilities of keeping […]

Sunday Snippet: Lisa Kudrow

February 15th, 2015

“You have to surrender to the fact that you are of too many in a highly competitive field where it is difficult to stand out. Over time, through your work, you will demonstrate who you are and what you bring to the field. Just stay with it and keep working.” Especially in the age of […]

Finding Time to Do What I Want to Do

February 12th, 2015

There are never enough hours in the day. This is particularly true among freelancers and entrepreneurs who don’t necessarily adhere to a conventional schedule, but it can be just as easily applied to someone with a more traditional job with more traditional hours. We all struggle to strike that delicate balance between the responsibilities of […]

Sunday Snippet: L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942)

February 8th, 2015

“Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the […]

More on Happiness (or Why Costa Rica Is Happier than Japan)

February 6th, 2015

In yesterday’s post, we examined some of the key factors and characteristics that need to be in place if you want to be happy. I noted that while money doesn’t buy happiness directly, financial security is a prerequisite for happiness in the modern world. If you’re always worried about money, you’re going to be pretty […]

On What It Takes to Be Happy

February 5th, 2015

Happiness is one of those strange ethereal concepts that is nearly impossible to define yet is universally desired. If we were to adhere to the Law of Jante, then we may be led to believe that lower expectations are the key. If we were to follow the teachings of modern consumerism, then owning all the […]

Sunday Snippet: Lupe Fiasco

February 1st, 2015

“If at the end of the day you can’t find peace in your own mind then you’ll be doomed to chase it in a world where it doesn’t exist. Go home.” There exists a certain sub-culture in hip hop that is embodied by the so-called conscious rapper. These are the kinds of guys who are […]