Kelli Anderson: The Hidden Talents of Everyday Things

Kelli Anderson is a designer who likes to find the hidden talents of everyday things. Her TED talk is titled “Disruptive Wonder for a Change.” “As we go through our everyday lives, visual and experiential things exert this invisible authority … Continue reading

How does it feel to be you?

During a press conference at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, Bill Murray was asked “How does it feel to be you?” Here’s his answer: … Continue reading

How I Learned to do Handstands

I’ve been taking weekly yoga classes for many years. For the past several years I’ve been practicing with a teacher who occasionally encourages us to work on handstands. I’ll just say it: Handstands are scary. If you’re doing it against … Continue reading

Rites of Passage

“If we do not initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.” African Proverb   For at least 50,000 years, in cultures the world over, communities have initiated the young into adulthood. The rituals and … Continue reading

John Patrick Shanley Commencement Speech

Playwright John Patrick Shanley delivered this commencement address at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in May 2009. They asked me to say something because you’re graduating. I thought about it. I want it to be of value. I want … Continue reading