Category Archives: Books & Ideas

My New Simple Mini-Habit: 50 Words Per Day

50 words a day. I can do that! I was struck by the beautiful simplicity of Stephen’s concept on Tiny Buddha of establishing mini-habits as a way to foster change and improvement. In general, I tend to be on the … Continue reading

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10 Ideas For Finding Your Own Walden in a Digital Age

Thoreau famously retreated to Walden Pond to spend a two years living deliberately, “to front only the essential facts of life”.  The popular image seems to be one of a reclusive Thoreau, far removed from any signs of civilization. Yet … Continue reading

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Alone Together: Book Prompts Reflection About Our Digital World

“If Facebook were deleted, I’d be deleted…All my memories would probably go along with it.” Sherry Turkle gives us much to worry about in Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other But the above … Continue reading

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This Day

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” Goethe True perhaps on any day, but the brilliant fall colors and blue sky certainly a good reminder to savor the day! Photo taken at Horn Pond, Woburn, MA.

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Focus in an Age of Distraction

There’s no small irony that I lost track of the trail hiking down Mount Watatic as I was pondering the Innovation HUB show “Our Multitasking Romance” on WGBH Radio. I’d been listening to the discussion, hosted by Kara Miller, about … Continue reading

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Freedom

I originally wrote this on my Social Capital Inc. blog during the height of the 2011 protests in Egypt. Reading Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was interesting in this context. I re-published last year of the Fourth of July. Interesting to look at … Continue reading

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts [brief #book post]

Are you an introvert, or know someone well who is? Surely you do, as estimates are that between one-third and one-half of us are introverts. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Beauty from a Young Violinist

I have to confess, my first instinct was to switch over to sports radio when I heard the next On Point Radio hour segment was focusing on a violinist I’d never heard of. Granted, I can’t name too many violinists. I appreciate … Continue reading

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Quick #Book Review: How Children Succeed

What factors are most important for a child’s success? Certainly a question all of us parents think about a lot, not to mention educators and policy makers. After hearing Paul Tough talk about his new book on NPR, How Children … Continue reading

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My Reading Year: Looking for more in 2013!

Around this time last year, I managed to put together a number of posts reflecting on the past year, including one on my top reads of 2011.  Although I read a modest number of books that year, I was able … Continue reading

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