Everything in its place is a book of essays by Oliver Sacks, but it is also a phrase you hear often in organizations and households. Suzy and I go back and forth whenever a new item arrives at our home. One or both of us will say, “Where are we going to put it,” and unless…

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Bonnie Smith Whitehouse in her classic, Afoot and Lighthearted, reports that Beethoven’s creative routine included a walk each day after lunch. It was a way for him to separate his work environment from his thinking environment. As I sit at my desk, I look out onto our street and sidewalks. People pass all day walking their dogs,…

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“Aliveness comes from living a life of personal integrity in which our outer actions match our inner values, beliefs, wishes, and dreams… — Jerry Colonna, Reboot. I’ve read lots of meditations and essays that deal with the same theme as above, but Colonna’s words say it very well. If I were to wake up repeating his words…

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Life is a dream. ‘Tis waking that kills us — Virginia Woolf. In the movie Pretty Woman there is a character who walks the streets of Hollywood asking, “What’s your dream?”  I believe in dreams and not just those idealistic dreams I had as a young man. It is just as important to have dreams in our senior…

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Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself. — Rachel Carson. When we are destructive in any way we are waging war against ourself.…

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