On the benefits of forest bathing

To walk in the woods, feel your pace slow, your shoulders loosen and the fresh forest air wash your worries clean. This piece, from the World Economic Forum no less, has proof that “forest bathing” is good for you. But, we knew that all along. Forests I remember: somewhere primeval in the rainforest of Washington’s […]

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The long view

A trip to Cambridge (for an early orientation as we embark on the great university search for son and heir) made me ponder the immeasurable benefits of a long-term perspective. The university dates back nearly 800 years. Cambridge city on a sunny Saturday bustles and buzzes with tourists, but inside their ancient walls each college […]

Career 7 – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate offers succinct but invaluable career advice: 1. Money doesn’t motivate; lack of money demotivates. … 7. Once a month, ask the tough question: why would anyone need my skills? The rest, here.

Praise of the commonplace

Kurt at Cultural Offering points to the concept of the commonplace book. It’s a powerful idea. I started mine – inspired, I think, by the same underlying sources of TheCramped.com and the Ryan Holiday post – only in October 2015. I use one of my Monsieur Notebooks and, though I number the pages, I haven’t yet […]

Monasteries of the Mind

I love this concept. It feels familiar for the UK, too. Via Execupundit: “More and more Americans today are becoming Stoic dropouts. They are not illiberal, and certainly not reactionaries, racists, xenophobes, or homophobes. They’re simply exhausted by our frenzied culture.” Read the full essay, here.

Animal Farm

Execupundit prescribes Animal Farm, to be taken annually. I re-read it a few months ago, for the first time since school. Required reading for our post-truth times.

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Echoes through time: Marble and gold

“With close-packed branches and with leaves heaped up and laid sloping they contrived a drainage for even the heaviest rains. Beneath such dwellings, they lived, but they lived in peace. A thatched roof once covered free men; under marble and gold dwells slavery.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger) (c. 4 BC – AD 65), […]

Curses on your adversaries – @execupundit

Not that we’d be so juvenile as to curse those who stand in our way, but there are moments when these would be handy, courtesy of Execupundit: May they form a coalition. … May they place their faith in what worked before. … May they have many goals. Print out and keep the full list […]

The relevance of Ayn Rand – @ASI

Eamonn Butler, at the Adam Smith Institute, discusses the increasing influence of Ayn Rand 35 years after her death.  

Layman, Rhone and Confucius

Steve Layman quotes Patrick Rhone from his new book, Enough: “ “If one treats the space where they work as sacred then, in kind, all of the items in that space should be there to support the purpose at hand… …Determine those times and spaces that are sacred to you.  Only allow items and tasks within to […]

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