Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stephanie Pederson

"A 2015 study at the University of London found that participants who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced declines in IQ scores that were similar to what they'd expect if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night. IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an eight-year-old child." (p. 140)

"Do something about all those cords and chargers. Nothing clutters the look of a room like a tangle of cords and power strips. Run cords through the wall, use a cord management system, or mount power strips to the underside of bookshelves, side tables, cabinetry, and sofas." (p. 47, emphasis added)

"While hygge cannot be described in a single English word, it can be explained in several. Hygge is experiencing quiet joy in any given moment. It is the complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming. It is taking pleasure from the things around you. Like the Danes themselves, hygge is a practical word, one that encourages you to create beauty in your daily interactions, objects, and activities. It is the Danish ability to spin the functional into an almost spiritual experience. It is the magic of turning any situation into a moment of coziness." (p. xv)

--American Cozy: Hygge-inspired ways to create comfort and happiness (2018)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Jada Yuan

For many, the 52 Places  traveler position is a dream job. For Jada, that dream, while not always totally dreamy, is a daily reality. And in that reality, you sometimes land in a hotel where there is ice cream for breakfast. Some readers had a few things to say about ice cream. In Cincinnati, the consensus was clear: go to Graeter's. And get the blackberry chip—in a pretzel cone. And when someone suggests a chocolate factory, never, ever, say no.

New York Times, Travel section, p. 5, January 6, 2019.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


N: I'm going to get changed and then head outside to put the snow tires on the cars.
D: Should I help you?
N: No, it's really a one-person job.
D: That answer is the best gift you could have ever given me. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018


N: We have bacon for tomorrow. I can take it out of the freezer if you want.
D:  we have bacon? I didn't know we had bacon. 
N: Yeah.
D:  Where did you get bacon? 
N: At Menards.
D: You did not.
N: yes.
D:  you did not get bacon at Menards! 
N: Yes.
D:  you're married now! You don't buy bacon at the hardware store! 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

JK Simmons

I think the majority of the time in my work, and I hope in my life, the primary motivation for most behavior is love.

Interview in The New York Times, Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chelsea Tornetto

​​A story is often the most effective way to create personal connections between very different people. Reading a novel allows us to see the world through someone else’s eyes, remove the context we are used to and replace it with something new. We are more prepared to accept things beyond our own experiences because we know we are reading a ‘‘story,’’ and yet we also actively search for similarities between our own lives and the lives of the characters. A novel can begin to open students’ minds and shape their hearts, without doing battle against their sense of self.

From Allowing In the Light, Teaching Tolerance Issue 57, Fall 2017


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Darcy Lockman

Ideals are no substitute for behavior.

From "Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents." Washington Post, 11/10/17

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kalyanee Mam

When you really love what you’re doing—when you really care about what you’re doing—you don’t even have to exert confidence, it’s just who you are. It’s just being. But when you’re not sure of who you are and where you belong and what your path is, sometimes you impose confidence on yourself which becomes very artificial and I see it in people and it’s not confidence, but arrogance.

I think when you’re really truly at ease with yourself, there’s a lot of comfort and humility and compassion for others who may not be as comfortable as you are.

Kalyanee Mam, documentary film maker, as interviewed on She Does podcast, 9/9/2015.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gabrielle Zevin

I wake up in the morning and I look at Hans and think, I love you. I choose you above any other person. I chose you 21 years ago and I choose you today. I believe you to be a constant in my life, and I, a constant in yours. Loving you is the closest thing I have to faith.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jill Suttie

Researchers have found that people report being happy and energized when they are engaged in everyday creative endeavors, and that being in a positive mood goes hand in hand with creative thinking.

From mindful (https://www.mindful.org/something-creative-can-boost-well/).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Leonardo Izquierdo

“Unfortunately, when these natural disasters threaten and you’re locked indoors, all of a sudden you get an appetite,” said Izquierdo, 56, as he ordered bread, meat pastelitos and cheese-filled tequenos at Karla Bakery in the Flagami neighborhood in Miami. “I don’t know what it is about the combination of water and flour, but it hits the spot.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Geena Davis

The more media a girl consumes, the fewer options she thinks she has in life.

- from NYT If Wonder Woman Can Do It, She Can Too June 5, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Marlo Morgan

Everything has a purpose. There are no freaks, misfits, or accidents. There are only misunderstandings and mysteries not yet revealed to mortal man.

from Mutant Message Down Under

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Michael Blumenthal

April is National Poetry Month! This is a new one for me and I already love it. 

Be Kind
   by Michael Blumenthal

Not merely because Henry James said
there were but four rules of life—
be kind be kind be kind be kind—but
because it’s good for the soul, and,
what’s more, for others...

Read the rest: http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20170412/

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ron Finley

“I saw a kid walking down the street listening to music when he came face to face with one of my giant Russian Mammoth sunflowers,” Mr. Finley said. “He said, ‘Yo, is that real?’ ”

“He thought it was a prop or something. That’s what I want on my streets. Flowers so big and magnificent, they’ll blow a kid’s mind.”

from Urban Gardening: An Appleseed With Attitude NYTimes May 3, 2013