The Curious Autodidact

February 27, 2017

The Wise Words of Mark Twain

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 9:59 pm

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Mark Twain

February 20, 2017

Krista Tippett: A Gem

 

Krista Tippett is a National Treasure. She lived in Germany and was a foreign correspondent for the NYT. She went to divinity school and has become an expert in creating spaces for civil conversations in a time of too little of this.

She hosts a show called “On Being” that books fascinating guests. She was the recipient of the  National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2014, and has won a Peabody Award. I am surprised more people aren’t aware of her work and her great show.

She most recently is the author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living which she has issued a great discussion guide for each chapter to encourage people to share their thoughts about the book.  She explores the materials for a meaningful life:

Words — The language we use to tell stories to ourselves and others;
Body — “The body is where every virtue lives or dies”;
Love — More than something we fall into or out of, love is “the only aspiration big enough for the immensity of the human community.”;
Faith — “Literal reality is not all there is.”;
Hope — Hope has nothing to do with optimism or wishing, rather it reflects reality and reveres truth. Hope is a habit.

She has also written Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—and How to Talk About It. 

Her interview style is intelligent and almost always enlightening. She features guests you are familiar with a some that you will not be. Also interesting is the fact that she releases the one-hour edited show and also the raw version.

Some of my favorites of her podcast include Rep. John Lewis, Pico Iyer, Parker Palmer with Courtney Martin, David Isay, Maria Popova, Ruby Sales, Mary Karr, Gordon Hempton, Isabel Wilkerson, Jimmy Wales, and Pauline Boss.

Here Krista is interviewed by the talented Debbie Millman.

 

Words of Wisdom: Pearl Buck

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:08 am

 

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.

-Pearl S. Buck, Nobelist novelist (1892-1973)

February 18, 2017

Words of Wisdom: George Sand

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:07 am

 

One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience

. -George Sand [pen name of Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin], novelist (1804-1876)

February 14, 2017

Diane Arbus: On Love

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 11:12 pm

Love involves a peculiar, unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.

Diane Arbus, photographer (1923-1971)

 

February 5, 2017

Wisdom of Gloria Steinem

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 10:13 pm

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Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.

Gloria Steinem

February 1, 2017

Love of Quotations

Filed under: Word Related — Honilima @ 12:16 am

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

-Marlene Dietrich (1901 – 1992)

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