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DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #64: Tiny Beautiful Things - The Rumpus.net

DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #64: Tiny Beautiful Things - The Rumpus.net | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it

Advice to your 20-something self from Sugar . . .  

"The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming."

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Hope Ripples in Ireland.

Hope Ripples in Ireland. | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shape...
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From Bobby Kennedy to Seamus Heaney, hope ripples and walls come down. Eventually . . .  #VoteYes2015 

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the lovely uselessness of poetry

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For World Poetry Day 2015. The freedom and the lovely uselessness of poetry is its whole point. ~ Leontia Flynn My parents were raised in rural County Derry, Heaney country, where they learned to b...
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on finding the cure for what ails me . . . Leontia Flynn, Van Morrison, Damian Gorman, Seamus Heaney. 

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when a bully takes it back

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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it. ~ Albert Enstein If you have ever been targeted by a workpl...
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» 10 Ways to Overcome Creativity’s No.1 Crusher - World of Psychology

» 10 Ways to Overcome Creativity’s No.1 Crusher  - World of Psychology | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt, wrote Sylvia Plath in her journal. And she couldn’t have been more accurate. Self-doubt can persuade us to
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Although not one of the 10 ways in the article, the very best tip comes at the end. From Alan Alda: “Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself.”

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ronald reagan's love medicine

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Many relationships in my life I have conducted almost entirely by telephone, including those with the people dearest to me. With too much ocean or freeway stretching between our houses, we continue...
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Reagan's politics notwithstanding, there is heart and craft in this 1971letter of marriage advice to his son, Michael. 

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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child: Lessons in Publishing and Perseverance from the Iconic Chef

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"Don't for the love of heaven let anybody rush you into anything." On March 8, 1952, Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th bir...
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Maira Kalman on Identity, Happiness, and Existence

Maira Kalman on Identity, Happiness, and Existence | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
"How are we so optimistic, so careful Not to trip and yet Do trip, and then GET up and say O.K." In this wonderful short video, Maira Kal...
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BPS Occupational Digest: Self-serving leaders levy an emotional toll on those who aren't getting their dues

BPS Occupational Digest: Self-serving leaders levy an emotional toll on those who aren't getting their dues | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it

Ever worked for a self-serving leader? Here's an account of how it feels ...

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Why Only Yuppies Feel Busy: An Economic Theory

Why Only Yuppies Feel Busy: An Economic Theory | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
A University of Texas economist argues that those who can afford to do everything are stressed because they can never have the time to do it all.
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Putting Compassion To Work At Work

Putting Compassion To Work At Work | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
My task was to teach them how to become more compassionate using an accessible program of exercises. First, however, I had to convince them that it was worth their precious time to learn how to stop, settle the mind, and open the heart.
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Nora Ephron's Inspiring Commencement Address

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Nora Ephron delivered a witty, wise and highly quotable speech at Wellesley College's commencement in 1996. Ephron graduated from Wellesley in 1962, where she studied political science and wrote for the student newspaper.

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Not Secrets But Mysteries: Seamus Heaney's Clearances by Safia Moore - Honest Ulsterman

Not Secrets But Mysteries: Seamus Heaney's Clearances by Safia Moore - Honest Ulsterman | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it

Via Gerard Beirne
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"let your soul and spirit fly"

"let your soul and spirit fly" | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
Each of us, as we pass through life, leaves traces of the passage. Sometimes the signs are as slight as a bent leaf, a twisted twig, or a seed dispersed. Sometimes, we leave behind the husks of for...
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In praise of those who are 'good with their hands' and Van Morrison . . . 

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Poetry for International Women's Day 2015

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Role reversal by Nessa O'Mahony   after Eavan Boland   There will come a time, mother, when the transformed spring opens up and the charioteer holds out a hand; he might have my father’s face, migh...

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boston . . . without warning

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Until September 11th, I had taken for granted the sense of security I felt as a woman who had traded in Northern Ireland for America. Foolishly, I quickly let down my guard and almost forgot that a...
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What now? Reflecting on the truth that anything can happen. 

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on the art of living & Adriane Herman

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I'm not a compulsive list-maker by any stretch, but sometimes, if I have a new pad of paper, a new ink cartridge in the fountain pen I use maybe three times a year, and nothing else to do (in other...
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Check out Adriane Herman's powerful talk about the way we spend our energy, attention, and time ... on lists. 

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live your 'wild & precious life'

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My daughter will not read my blog. Not yet. Very young and wise, she tells me because we are here for but the briefest sojourn, she will store my random musings as if in a jar that she will open on...
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Redefining Success and Celebrating the Unremarkable

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Many of us define success as being extraordinary, but where does that leave the average child who enjoys a pickup basketball game but is far from Olympic material?
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Toni Morrison on love, loss and modernity - Telegraph

Toni Morrison on love, loss and modernity - Telegraph | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
Toni Morrison believes that divorce is good for you, that Viagra should be banned, and that reality TV shows are little more than modern-day ‘lynchings’.
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Words To Live By: 5 Timeless Commencement Addresses

Words To Live By: 5 Timeless Commencement Addresses | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
Gifts vs. choices, the benefits of failure, and what calligraphy has to do with Apple's success.
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I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.

I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why. | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you.
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A Second Chance to Make Music

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Going back to an instrument in later life can lead to some surprising lessons.
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Words of Wisdom: 10 Inspirational Graduation Speeches

Words of Wisdom: 10 Inspirational Graduation Speeches | taking stock . . . | Scoop.it
Education Week shares excerpts from inspiring high school commencement speeches.
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