Olive W. Burt: Mentoring a Young Writer

One day in the fall of 1966, I received a package in the mail from my great aunt, Olive Woolley Burt. It was a copy of her just-published book, “Jayhawker Johnny”. The accompanying letter advised me to look at every … Continue reading →

Walter Wink: The Myth of Redemptive Violence

In 2009 while I was on the board of Friends for a NonViolent World we held a weekend conference titled Ways of Peace I: Nonviolence in the Christian Tradition. Theologian Walter Wink was the keynote speaker. His topic was “The … Continue reading →

Donald Justice: Poem to Be Read at 3:00 A.M.

Poem to Be Read at 3:00 A.M. by Donald Justice Excepting the diner On the outskirts The town of Ladora at 3 A.M. Was dark but For my headlights And up in One second-story room A single light Where someone … Continue reading →

Derek Sivers: How to Start a Movement

In 2010, Derek Sivers delivered this brief but brilliant TED talk on how to start a movement. An approximate transcript of Sivers’ talk: Let’s watch a movement happen start to finish in under three minutes and dissect some lessons from … Continue reading →

Jane Kenyon: Otherwise

Otherwise by Jane Kenyon, from Otherwise: New and Selected Poems I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the … Continue reading →