AI Will Not Show Up for You

Up here in Maine, we still have a hint of winter. Just a touch of snow remains, although it’s disappearing fast. On weekends, I teach a skiing class of 7-year-olds. We meet every Saturday and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and ski together for three hours. It’s everything you imagine—the joys of singing and laughing, ...

A Secret to Rise Above Microstress

Robin Dunbar popularized the idea of the Dunbar Number. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s the hypothetical number of people we can manage to maintain at any given stage of life. There are roughly 500 people we might recognize in the grocery store and smile and say hello, 100 we would invite to a wedding, ...

It’s Okay. You Can Say No Without Burning Bridges.

As Vanessa Patrick describes in her book, try instead using an empowered refusal. An empowered refusal is when you tell the other person you are not available for their ask because it doesn’t align with your values, goals, and identity.

We Actually Can’t Stand Cruelty

At our core, human beings yearn for connection, understanding, and community with one another. Though cruelty and violence sometimes arise, they are but brief shadows cast against humanity's inherent pursuit of compassion.

Why We Need to Share Our Family Stories

Do you know where your grandparents grew up? Do you know where your parents went to high school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something really terrible that happened in your family? How well do you know your family history? Listening to – and telling – the stories ...

Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger

Hello and welcome back to our newsletter! Last time I was writing about how a practice of gratitude helps us make better decisions for our future self. Basically, you should try to make daily choices in the interest of Future You. It’s sounds obvious, but you can read more here about why it’s hard to ...
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