Goodbye Donald Trump

I try to stay away from politics here but I love the creativity and quality of this video. And yes, I am also breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Walk or ride the West Highland Way

Whether you’re record holder Rob Wardell or take it slow and steady like Abbie Barnes, the West Highland Way is a formidable objective.

A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement

Both parents and adult children often fail to recognize how profoundly the rules of family life have changed over the past half century: A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement

Why It’s Not Too Late to Learn New Skills

You missed your chance to be a prodigy, but there’s still growth left for grownups: Why It’s Not Too Late to Learn New Skills

Finding Joe

No, this is not a documentary about searching for coffee. Rather, this is one of the most approachable explanations of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” you’ll ever find. Watch this as an alternative to all the controversy going on in the political realm right now. Go get some popcorn! You can watch the entire film at no cost here:

Signs of a Healthy Relationship

We need to focus on what we want (not what’s missing!): Signs of a Healthy Relationship

You Will Regret These Choices in 10 Years

Don’t wait, act: You Will Regret These Choices in 10 Years

Ireland: A Dark Secret

“How could 800 children die in a place where they’re supposed to be looked after?: Ireland: A Dark Secret

Bernie Siegel Talks About the Importance of Words and Inspiring Hope

Bernie Siegel Talks About the Importance of a Physician’s Words and Inspiring Hope for Patients in a Health Crisis of Cancer and other Critical Diseases: Bernie Siegel Talks About the Importance of Words and Inspiring Hope

Words to live by

From ‘Love, Medicine and Miracles’ by Bernie Siegel

Our Favorite Books of 2020 via @greatergoodsc

Greater Good’s editors pick the most thought-provoking, practical, and inspirational science books of the year: Greater Good

Best New Yorker cartoons of 2020

I love cartoons. Especially from the New Yorker. Nothing better! Here’s a sample…

You can find more here:

God bless Us, Every One

This year we’ve seen part or all of 5 versions of ‘A Christmas Carol’. Why? Because 2020. My favorite version is the audiobook read by Sir Patrick Stewart although MK and I both agree the film version he stars in sucks because of the Ghost of Christmas Future. I love the audiobook because the original language is so far and away better than any film version could ever portray. You have a different opinion? Please share it in the comments. Here are the last two paragraphs of the book…

“Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old City knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him; but he let them laugh, and little heeded them, for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed, and that was quite enough for him.

He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle ever afterward; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol (Christmas Books series Book 1) (p. 72). Atria Books. Kindle Edition.

Happy holidaze!

Wishing you the best holidays you’re able to salvage from 2020…

Which of these 6 time traps is eating up all your time?

By identifying which of these is consuming your minutes and hours, you can start carving out more happy and meaningful moments for yourself, says time and happiness researcher Ashley Whillans: Which of these 6 time traps is eating up all your time?

Emotional Resilience During the Holidays

Consistently investing in your emotional health builds emotional resilience over time. Resilience allows you to maintain groundedness, clarity, and compassion in the face of challenges.  When resilience is present a hard hit to your heart, like an argument with a family member, still hurts: Emotional Resilience During the Holidays — Wise Heart

The Angel in the Marble

Modern Life Lessons from History’s Greatest Sculptor: The Angel in the Marble

NPR’s Book Concierge Is Back For Another Year Of Reading Recommendations

People looking for holiday gift ideas have a resource: the NPR Book Concierge. The interactive book finder has hundreds of titles selected by NPR critics and staff: NPR’s Book Concierge Is Back For Another Year Of Reading Recommendations

How web video powers global innovation

How to tame your wandering mind

Thomas Paine publishes “The American Crisis”

On this day in 1776, Thomas Paine’s immortal words inspired the revolutionary army…

‘These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated: Thomas Paine publishes “The American Crisis”

While I no longer believe in ‘american exceptionalism’ there is no doubt this is an exceptional example of words that inspired men to great deeds. You can read the entire pamphlet at no cost here (and I believe every American should read this at least once in their lifetime):

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