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Creativity

What It Means to Find Your Community and How It Impacts Your Creativity

I grew most of my writing career quietly, in the suburbs of New Jersey, comfortably behind a screen. It never occurred to me that I wasn’t part of a community or that I needed one; community meant my best friends from childhood and people I played sports with. My readership on my blog, social media, and email conversations with other creatives made me feel like I was part of the new economy. It gave me a feeling that… Read Essay

Philosophy

Teaching Lessons

There are two ways to (attempt to) teach someone a lesson. The “I told you so” approach is a common and easy one. Someone fails and then you amplify their shame in hopes that… Read Essay

Psychology

Real Talk

Real talk is when we drop the armor, cut the bullshit, and speak wholeheartedly. Real talk is when we say things that aren’t being said out loud. No wasting time, no beating around the… Read Essay

Philosophy

People Are Our Proper Occupation

“In a sense, people are our proper occupation,” said the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in Meditations. “Our job is to do them good and put up with them.” And yet, it is stressful to keep this in… Read Essay