Category Archives: Inspire

Leonard Cohen on Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting. BY MARIA POPOVA on BrainPickings

“The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.” BY MARIA POPOVA Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen (b. September 21, 1934) is among the most exhilarating creative spirits of the past century. Recipient … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin on Being a Man – Brain Pickings

BY MARIA POPOVA Who are we when we, to borrow Hannah Arendt’s enduring words, “are together with no one but ourselves”? However much we might exert ourselves on learning to stop letting others define us, the definitions continue to be hurled at … Continue reading

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The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life – by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“In the wholeheartedness of concentration,” the poet Jane Hirshfield wrote in her beautiful inquiry into the effortless effort of creativity, “world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be … Continue reading

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How Libraries Save Lives – by Maria Povova, Brain Pickings

“Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in contemplating the sacredness of public libraries. “If librarians were honest, they would say, No one spends time here without being changed,” … Continue reading

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memoryslandscape: (Oh, heart, I would not dangle… | Thrive

(Oh, heart, I would not dangle you down into the sorry places, but there are things there as well to see, to imagine.) Mary Oliver, from section 2 of “Gravel,” The Leaf and the Cloud: A Poem (Da Capo Press, … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Giants – bioGraphic

Story and Photographs by Tony Wu It was late afternoon and the sun was low in the sky. I’d spent the entire day, and many days prior, scanning the horizon for signs of life. My small boat bobbed up and down in … Continue reading

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It’s been a long day

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
Why does my blood rush into a hell of tumult at a few words? ~ Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights Notes: Quote: the château of my heart. Photo: StarWill Related Posts: “It’s Been a Long Day“

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Orion Magazine | Eva Saulitis’s Eloquent Goodbye

by Krista Langlois Less than three weeks old, this particular revolution around the sun has already been defined by cancer. It took David Bowie first, quietly and then not. He kept his diagnosis to himself for eighteen months, and when … Continue reading

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25 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be A Fearless Writer

Because mistakes are the portals of discovery. Source: 25 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be A Fearless Writer

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Neil Gaiman | Cool Stuff | Short Stories | The Return of the Thin White Duke

Source: Neil Gaiman | Cool Stuff | Short Stories | The Return of the Thin White Duke

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