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Here’s a link to a really wonderful TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) on how to keep creative people alive and well. Very good insights!

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I just watched a wonderful TED talk by Gever Tulley, on 5 Dangerous Things to encourage kids to do. Mr. Tulley has founded a school called “The Tinkering School,” a summer camp that helps elementary age children learn how to take things apart and how to put other things back together using a wide variety of tools, including power tools. This concept flies in the face of the American attitude that no amount of risk is acceptable. However, as Mr. Tulley points out in his talk, if you protect your children at all times from everything that is sharper than a golf ball, the first time they encounter anything sharp, they will really hurt themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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I grew up in Northern California, and developed many of my environmental morals during the terrible drought of the mid-1970s. By the time I went to the University of California at Santa Barbara, the notion of wasting water was anathema to me, and I was not alone. Tensions between drought-stricken, water-rationed Northern California, and carefree, water-wasting Southern California were very high. Read the rest of this entry »

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From Ted.com: At her Harvard University commencement speech, “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems “worth more than any qualification I ever earned.

This will take about 20 minutes to watch – and worth every second.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

JK Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure

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