Nietzsche on Walking and Creativity – The Marginalian

Almost everything I write, I “write” in the mind’s notebook, feet in motion – what happens on the keyboard when I return from my long daily walk that supports me is mostly copying. I’m not alone in relying on mobile solitude as an anchor for creative practice – there’s Rebecca Solnette’s beautiful definition of walking … Read more

A Stunning Illustrated Elegy of Life, Loss, Our Search for Light, and Loneliness as a Crucible of Creativity – The Marginalian

Childhood is a wonderful brushstroke of loneliness, thick and light-colored, the edges of which fade into the whole landscape of life. In this blur of being alone, we learn that is being ourselves. One measure of maturity may be the extent to which we are able to grow to transform that initial loneliness into the … Read more

Fierce Self-Compassion: A New Book by Kristin Neff

In her very popular first book, self pity, psychologist Kristen Neff, Ph.D., has changed our approach to self-care and how we see our relationship with ourselves. Based on the research, I developed a self-compassion model with three components to learning to be kind to yourself. First, you can consciously choose to see yourself in kindness … Read more

Four Times When You Need to Do Absolutely Nothing (and… the Origin of the New Year’s Day)

About 5,000 years ago, aliens landed and distributed small calendars to everyone who built those statues on Easter Island. They said, “Here,” “Look here.” They pointed to a box with 1 January written on it. “Wow,” said the Easter Islanders. “What? What? What????” “It’s the first day of the year, you idiot. From now on, … Read more

Top speedskater who slipped during trials still headed to Winter Olympics after selfless teammate gave up her spot 

Erin Jackson, the world number one in women’s 500m speed skating, is competing at the Beijing Olympics despite being placed shy of qualifying. And all thanks to a female teammate and an old friend who gave up her place for her. American speed skating teammate Brittany Bowe, 33, decided to give up her place after … Read more