Category Archives: culture

Imperfect is the New Perfect #3: Vulnerability, Shame and Courage

When social work researcher Brené Brown discovered the crucial importance of vulnerability for human wellbeing and connection, she had a breakdown. Well, she says in her 2010 TEDx talk, ‘I call it a breakdown, my therapist calls it a spiritual awakening.’ She was a perfectionist who wanted to clean up messes of all kinds. She […]

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Want the Bad News?

There’s too much bad news in the world. And there’s more than there used to be. Go to your usual media source of news and count: how many bad news stories in the top ten? There’s a lot to choose from. There are currently a dozen or so major wars in the world. Whenever you read […]

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Community and Competitive Parenting

In A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor gives the news each week from the township of Lake Wobegon, where ‘all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.’ It’s not just Lake Wobegon. Some friends of ours observed the amusing number of parents around them who considered […]

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The Power of Introverts

In beautiful language and with trembling intensity, Susan Cain tells us in this TED talk why the world needs introverts, and why we’re in danger of missing out on what they offer. How’s this for ouchily insightful? There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. Her bio and introduction to the talk […]

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Four Things I Choose Not to Have Time For

Nicholas said to me in 2005, using his sharply-tuned crap-o-meter, that saying ‘I don’t have time for that’ is, consciously or otherwise, code for ‘I don’t want to do it.’ I’ve been hyperaware of the phrase ever since. I think I’d just told him I didn’t have time for getting back into yoga. Oops. Clearly, […]

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