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What Makes a Great Personal Story

Reflecting on his own improbable path into the Moth community, where storytellers tell true stories in front of a live audience and end up feeling like they have “walked through fire and been embraced and loved,” Gaiman considers what makes a great Moth story — which is ultimately a question of what it isin a human story that makes us real to one another through the act of its telling:

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Little Joys, Breaking the Trance of Busyness

BY MARIA POPOVA Hermann Hesse on Little Joys, Breaking the Trance of Busyness, and the Most Important Habit for Living with Presence How to heal that aching spirit is what Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877–August 9, 1962) addresses in a spectacular 1905 essay titled “On Little Joys,” found in My Belief: Essays on Life and […]

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You Are Your Greatest Ally

By Nick Polizzi Human beings are incredible creatures, capable of doing so much good.   Many folks spend their entire day giving to others—physical care, emotional support, intellectual ideas, and more—and they do it without a second thought. BUT, we “two-leggeds” are not always great at taking care of our own needs. We frequently prioritize […]

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Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions

There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In: Leonard Cohen on Democracy and Its Redemptions A generous reminder that we must aim for “a revelation in the heart rather than a confrontation or a call-to-arms or a defense.” BY MARIA POPOVA Trained as a poet and ordained as a Buddhist monk, […]

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