“Lives lost but not forgotten Heather, Jay, Berke’

What a horrific few days it has been. My heart breaks for Charlottesville; the young woman who died while protesting the neo-Nazis, the KKK, and other white supremacists who came to her hometown to protect a hunk of metal that the duly elected city council had voted to remove; and also for the two state […]

“The key the future of the world …”

“The key the future of the world …”

Pete Seeger was a singer, songwriter, and lifelong champion for social change. He also recognized the importance of storytelling in effecting that change. From Jon Pareles’ obituary of Pete Seeger in The New York Times: Through the years, Mr. Seeger remained determinedly optimistic. “The key to the future of the world,” he said in 1994, “is […]

“What is the meaning of life?” And how do we capture it in writing … ?

From my friend Susan, posted to her Facebook page, on the anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s birthday: “What is the meaning of life? That was all–a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily […]

“People love stories”

“A final predictor of success is the quality of the story itself. ‘People love stories. The more you see your story as part of a broader narrative, the better,’ Berger says.” — Maria Konnikova in The New Yorker