“Family Supper at Burger Chef”

“Family Supper at Burger Chef”

One of the most endearing characters on another popular AMC television show, Mad Men, was Peggy Olson. Peggy starts her career on Madison Avenue as a naive secretary and gradually moves into the creative side of the business, assuming more and more responsibility and...
The Joy of Learning

The Joy of Learning

A few years back I sat at the kitchen table, unable to sleep, the house quiet. It was 1 a.m. on March 25, the day that would have been my late father Frank’s 85th birthday. I hadn’t realized the significance of the day until I fixed a bowl of oatmeal and opened...
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Simple Life, Cultivated Mind

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s 2011 Oscar-nominated movie, postulates that people living in every era think an earlier time was the “Golden Age.” Midnight’s Gil (played by the lovable Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter who wants to be a novelist in Paris. While visiting...
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Carry a Sketchbook

On the last Sunday of the summer of 1986, the day before I began college, I was on the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida, and ran into a guy named Tony whom I had casually known since ninth grade. I reflected with him on what I hoped to be and accomplish in my new era...
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Just Play

A couple of years ago I bought something called the Mindfulness Coloring Book, along with a small packet of colored pencils. It was the first coloring book purchase I’d ever made for myself, and the first one I’d used without sitting down with small...
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Career Wisdom From Richard Rohr

Catholic priest Richard Rohr, in his wonderful book Falling Upward, speaks to the importance of finding meaning in life far behind the grind of our daily work. “I find that many, if not most, people and institutions remain stymied in the preoccupations of the first...