Michael Drew · Small Actions · 1 day ago
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Who inspired you? Did you thank that person? In doing so, you helped cement your memory and open yourself up to gratitude, which allows you to see the world in a warmer way.

The writer John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, remembers his  late high school teacher in a moving essay about how much Neal Tonken, who …

Bob Hughes · Productivity The WE Cycle · 2 days ago
ghetto, pendulum

“We too are so dazzled by power and prestige as to forget our essential fragility. Willingly or not we come to terms with power, forgetting that we are all inside the ghetto, that the ghetto is walled in, that outside the ghetto reign the lords of death, and close by the train is waiting.”
Those are words from the great writer Primo Levi, from an essay, “The Gray Zone,” which appeared in his final book, 1987′s “The Drowned and the Saved.”

Levi, a Holocaust survivor, was one of the most …

Bob Hughes · What Others Are Saying · 3 days ago
freedom of expression, pendulum

How free is our freedom of expression?

Like a lot of people in the U.S. and around the world, I’ve been considering this. Especially in light of the murders of cartoonist-journalists at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris two weeks ago.

Does freedom of expression mean the freedom to insult others? To insult a religion? To blaspheme (and notions of blasphemy can be quite different among people). To be wrong? To be arrogant? To apologize without incident?

It’s easy …

Bob Hughes · The WE Cycle Transparent Communication · 4 days ago
WE Cycle, communication

We want to talk to each other, and we want to do it as fast as possible.

Thus the rise of chatting apps, rather than the old-fashioned email.

In our current WE Cycle, we want to build community, we think in terms of cooperation but we still value our individuality and our personal expression. Still, the group has power.

And the group wants instant messaging.

That’s why such apps as WeChat, Viber, WhatsApp and others are making tremendous inroads among people – and not just the …

Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · 5 days ago
invisible hero, pendulum

“Life is truly a ride. We’re all strapped in and no one can stop it…. I think that the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair’s messed, you’re out of breath, and you didn’t throw up.” – Jerry Seinfeld
Budapest, Hungary -1910: Bertalan Gabor takes his 10 year-old son, Dennis, to a carnival where the boy rides a merry-go-round whose seats aren’t on the backs of little wooden ponies, but in the cockpits of little wooden airplanes. Later, when a real plane flies low over …