Sunday Box Talk – Creating a Reading List

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  What do you want to study?  Maybe you just want to read the Great Books, or the history of Ireland, or about the conflict going on in the Middle East.  Other than asking the internet and getting some pithy sound bytes, but no real information, how do you go about learning about these subjects? Creating a bibliography is a skill.  Knowing what to include, and what not to include, t...
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Sunday Box Talk – Be a Lifelong Student

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So let's say you've decided to become a student again.  You want to learn new things, develop new skills, maybe have some fun.  Now what? Well, first thing is to learn to be a novice again.  Let yourself be bad at something, in order to get better.  Studying is a challenge, too.  Spend time with the material.  Take notes.  Let yourself have the luxury of working at it. Once you have all ...
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Sunday Box Talk – How To Take a Sabbatical

I've taken sabbaticals a couple times in my life.  While it's scary to buck the accepted norm, doing so can teach you a lot about yourself and why you're on this planet. The first time, I was twenty-five.  I decided to make a solo climb on Mount Lassen, in Northern California.  I got nearly to the peak and sat down to take a break.  Looking south over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I realized...
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Sunday Box Talk – The Purpose of Education

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What’s the purpose of education? Nowadays, increasingly, it’s to get a job. It’s more about technical training than it is about educating the mind. And yet, with the proliferation of smartphones, always-on internet connectivity, and ever expanding inflow of information sources, we need the benefits that a good education bring more than ever before. In classical terms, to be educated meant t...
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Join Me At ChiWriMo!

  It's November, the time of the keyboards singing and the turkey tryptophaning and the avoidance of the holiday madness until after Black Friday, thankyouverymuch. It's National Novel Writing Month, Dear Reader, and yours truly is one of the volunteer Municipal Liaisons, or MLs, for the Chicago Region.  My main duty is to help host write-ins, which are big parties where magic happens....
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Sunday Box Talk – How To Unblock. With Rats.

Ordinarily, I talk about my garden on my craft blog, Knoontime Knitting. But I learned something this summer and it clarified itself yesterday. The boxes of our lives are created as we live them, and if we don’t question them – think out of the box, if you will – then we get stuck in them. We know that. Sometimes we get stuck in them without even knowing it. We get blocked. Then what? I...
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Saturday: The End of the Week

This week has been a doozie.  I had two clients die, one get diagnosed with cancer, my coworker's father-in-law in the ICU with heart failure, and JaneGate.  I need a drink. I wanted to say a bit about lying, in the wake of JaneGate.  Some people have said that it's not a big deal, that she just wanted to write behind a pseudonym.  That's not lying. I agree.  Writing behind a pseudonym i...
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Sunday Box Talk

I get asked, "Why do you do all that?"  The person asking is usually looking at my crafts or my writing when they ask the question, and I answer with some variant of, "This is my passion and I make time for it."What I really want to ask is, "Why aren't you?"The boxes of life that Richard Nelson Bolles talks about in his book The Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them are arbitrary. &n...
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Walking In This World

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada©2015 A. Catherine Noon I love the title of Julia Cameron's second book in her acclaimed Artist's Way trilogy, Walking In This World.  When I first did the material in the book, I mis-read the title as Walking In The World, a telling distinction.  I don't easily inhabit my body or this plane, having evolved a very deep intellectual capacity as a way of av...
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Wednesday Walking In This World

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtEvening Snow at Kanbara, Edo period (1615–1868), 1834 Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858) Woodblock print; ink and color on paper; 8 7/8 x 13 3/4 in. (22.5 x 34.9 cm) The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 (JP2492)Julia Cameron's second book in her Artist's Way trilogy is entitled Walking In This World.  For many years, I mis-read this titl...
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