Excuse Me, I Have Work to Do: Mary Oliver’s Uplifting Calibration of Perspective in Her Poem ‘I Go Down to the Shore’

Excuse Me, I’ve Got Work to Do: Mary Oliver Reads Her Poem I Go Down to the Shore

“I love the stillness of early summer evenings downtown … the entire stretch along the quiet docks all of this comforts me with sadness when on these evenings I enter the solitude of their ensemble.” Fernando Pessoa wrote while finding calm amid uncertainty and disquiet. “In this moment of seeing, I suddenly find myself isolated, … Read more

Seneca on Moderation

What is moderation? Simple on the outside, this perennial question has infinite depth, and it’s up to us how deep we want to dive into finding its true meaning. In the age of smartphones, digital advertising, and invisible tracking systems that know intimate details of our online activities, it becomes harder and harder to resist … Read more

Erich Fromm’s Four Pillars of Mental Health

Erich Fromm's Four Pillars of Mental Health

The renowned German psychologist and philosopher, Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980), explored a vast range of topics, from love to religion to happiness. Considered a pioneer of “radical-humanistic psychoanalysis,” he was a leading intellectual of the twentieth century. However, like many impactful figures, Fromm possessed both remarkable talents and significant blind spots. Throughout … Read more

The Magic of Handwriting: The Correa do Lago Collection

Writing is living! We, as writers, experience everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which reflects our life back to us and those who read our work. But with advancing technology, pen and paper — the most visceral means by which we leave track of our existence — slowly becomes obsolete. This … Read more

Dorothea Brande on Becoming a Writer

Books being the original internet, I’ve followed an analog hyperlink from Ray Bradbury’s lovely Zen writing manifesto to discover another treasure trove of wisdom — Dorothea Brande’s (1893–1948) altogether indispensable Becoming a Writer. I’ve ravenously devoured all of it and want to share one fragment that seems to me of profound importance, for it not … Read more