The Way It Is

The Way It Is

5-20-14 | I was out driving one day, years ago, with my son Nick. He was young, maybe seven, and he’d been thinking about the state of the world.

Not Postponing Happiness

Not Postponing Happiness

5-13-14 | So I was driving down the highway, thinking about things, not paying any attention to where I was.

Deep as an Ocean

Deep as an Ocean

5-6-14 | A guest post from my wife, Ana Gabriel Mann, on milk, soup, and love as deep as an ocean.

To Change a Nation

To Change a Nation

4-29-14 | Can one woman with a courageous heart and entrepreneurial passion change a nation?

Your Dog Is Right

Your Dog Is Right

4-22-14 | Do you sometimes worry that you’re a fraud? That secretly, you are not as capable, or as smart, or skillful, or honest, or noble, or whatever, as people (especially the people who matter to you) think you are?

Diving Off a Cliff

Diving Off a Cliff

4-15-14 | Writing is like flinging yourself off a cliff every day, without knowing if there’s a net there or not. Living is like that, too.

Finding Time

Finding Time

4-8-14 | As a child, every time I went to knock on my father’s office door, whether it was because I needed something or just wanted to tell him the latest juicy bit of five-year-old’s news, he never once said, “I’m busy!” or “Can this wait?” or even “Just a minute.” He would drop whatever he was doing and give me his full attention. He always seemed to have time. But where did he find it?

Fiat Lux

Fiat Lux

4-1-14 | You know how a baby’s smile lights up a room? It’s as if there’s some vast light source hidden behind a screen, and that little round face is a tiny window letting a smidgeon of the billions of gigawatts out there spill into the room we’re occupying.

Being There

Being There

3-25-14 | It’s Tuesday evening. I’m at home. Ana is over at the nursing home, being with Sylvia, her mom, who is in her last days.

A Choice of Perspective

A Choice of Perspective

3-18-14 | Positive perspective is less an inborn trait than it is a skill. Like any skill, it can be learned, practiced, and mastered.

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