Removing the transactional nature from a relationship allows for a free exchange.

It has been interesting to learn how very positively people remember their elementary school library experience.  Without exception, each person to whom I’ve mentioned my new employment proves to be equal parts enthusiasm and nostalgia, primarily recalling school libraries as bastions of encouragement in a place that felt safe. These reactions certainly reflect the reasons…

I’d rather tell someone a joke than tell them my name.

I am at my ease arriving places solo.  Not only are there usually employees willing enough to let me engage them in conversation and thus shave a few minutes off their workday, but I also quite enjoy striking up interactions with strangers.  This is usually unexpected, as my purposeful determination to interrupt their solitude and/or…

Written words are useless until the closing of the inspiration loop.

In L.A. on Skid Row, a project called Street Symphony, composed of homeless musicians alongside professional players, has developed a tradition of playing Handel’s Messiah around the holidays.  In the article I read (New Yorker, Jan 1 issue), the author muses about how the language surrounding spiritual epiphany and redemption can so often sound corny…

tuned out

In just a few days, it will be three weeks since I cut myself off from reading the news feeds.  I am glad to say that though I remain functionally up-to-date on current events, to the extent that my outrage is fully righteous and regularly conveyed by phone and email to the office workers of…