Improvised Life’s Community IS Gold

I’ve been bowled over by raft of new Friends with Benefits subscriptions and the most astonishing, deeply-heartening praise from readers in response to my writing about Improvised Life’s Illusory Wealth. Well, not completely illusory. I should have qualified it.

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In Defense of Monday

Somewhere in our travels, we stumbled on this sign which echoes what many people feel about Monday, the start of the work week, including our own. Monday being a bastard, we get it. But we’re thinking we’d rather change the sign, and view, to this:

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Oliver Sacks’ Awakening

(Video link HERE.) We can’t stop thinking about “My Own Life”, the extraordinary Op-Ed Oliver Sacks wrote in last weeks New York Times upon learning that he has terminal cancer. We’ve read it several times and find his words resonating, as  his “clear focus and perspective”  has become, momentarily,  part of our worldview. We’ve always been…

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mister rogers’ 10-second meditation

(Video link here will take you to exactly the right point.)  We love Fred Rogers’ —the famed Mister Rogers’ — perfect, illuminating acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Rogers presents a simple 10-second practice that will shift your view, and provide you with a tool you can carry around throughout…

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! happy thanksgiving !

Recently, we were stopped in our tracks by this yellow exclamation point. It is by artist Richard Artschwager, whose work is the focus of a retrospective at the Whitney. Knowing nothing about him, we poked around and found this potent snippet about his amazing !. …Artschwager’s “blps,” black punctuation-like marks..are intended to make their immediate…

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thanks and wow! (friends w benefits)

When we launched our fund-raising experiment, Friends with Benefits, we were amazed and heartened to get emails from some readers asking if they could pledge more than the $5, $7, or $9 monthly we gave as options on the PayPal menu. That’s possible now. THANK YOU to those who pledged and the many welcome single…

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