Tag: Books


Oliver Sacks Gets Personal

When world famous neurologist Oliver Sacks, explainer of things human, writes – as he did recently about family, faith and his own impending death – it pays to pay attention. Okay, I admit, I’m biased by virtue of the fact that this amazing doctor and author was the friend and colleague of another doctor and author I respect: my late father-in-law, Dr. Harold Klawans (equally as esteemed around the world by colleagues and fans of his murder mysteries, albeit not quite as well known, as Sacks). They blurbed each other’s books, spoke......

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Chefs, Umpires and Joan Didion: Must-Read Links

Each week, we find smart reads and new insights to share with readers of The Wisdom Daily. Today our favorite picks from around the web include pieces about the insatiable curiosity of Joan Didion, the beauty of solitude, the Senagalese chef with Vietnamese roots, the latest Lily Tomlin character, the way umpires improve their game and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Book of Joan “Didion lost faith in the defining narratives of American life. A fifth-generation Californian whose ancestors had......

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Amazon's Toxic Workplace: Is a Fix Right on Our Doorstep?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Despite being a company that doesn’t actually net much profit, Amazon has grown to infiltrate the lives of millions of Americans, who rely on the online shopping portal regularly for goods delivered quickly to our offices and homes. As consumers, what can we do about the disturbing new flood of allegations about the toxic culture inside Jeff Bezos’ company? It’s only responsible to ask: “How do we navigate through radically innovative and novel business settings?” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.......

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Wisdom on Bees, Walt Whitman and More: Must-Read Links

Why not explore some new Must-Reads? Kick off your week with recent essays and interviews that came across our radar – quoted here on The Wisdom Daily – including fresh takes on life after death, using your voice, merging talent with purpose, the appeal of faith-based books, how sleep deprivation affects prosperity and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Living Out Loud “I’m not trying to defy odds. I feel like I just move through life doing what I do, and......

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Celebration, Innovation and Trees: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 22-26), we explored the value of Inside Out for people of all ages, the empowering choice to appreciate “the little things” in life, the book validating a wide range of personal faith journeys, the innovative rabbi breaking with tradition to serve his community and the historic national milestone celebrating the right to get married. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Wisdom on Games, Brains and Progress: Must-Read Links?- TWD Check out these insightful pieces about topics......

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No Ordinary Book About Faith

I recently read a book that I’m delighted to share with The Wisdom Daily community, called Femmevangelical: The Modern Girl’s Guide to the Good News, by Jennifer D. Crumpton. Let’s take a closer look at what the good reverend has written. Yes, I said reverend, but that shouldn’t scare anyone off; this is no ordinary book about religion. In fact, the book isn’t about religion, at least not as religion is often (mis)understood. And it’s certainly not limited to young women, or to those who consider themselves Christian, or Christian-curious. So who......

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Family, Poetry and Health: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (April 6-10), we examined the merits of a “good enough” life, a family made extraordinary by loving boys with autism, the art of self-expression through poetry and the spoken word, practical teachings about forgiveness and a new show of leadership regarding American kids’ health and well-being. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Gratitude for ‘Good Enough’ – Michael Bernstein In?the film Whiplash, drum teacher Terrence Fletcher – played by J.K. Simmons – fervently attests that “the two......

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The Option to Forgive Is Always There

As co-authors of The Book of Forgiving – The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his biographer (and daughter), Reverend Mpho Tutu, assert that nobody and nothing is inherently beyond forgiveness. Is that actually true? You know, I think it really is. That said, I feel that each individual needs to decide for themselves who, what and when they’re ready to forgive. As I wrote previously on The Wisdom Daily, there are painful situations where atonement may be sincerely offered but forgiveness is not achievable for......

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Being Ten Percent Happier

Not long ago, Dan Harris, anchor for ABC’s Nightline, published a book about quieting his racing mind through meditation: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story. A New York Times nonfiction bestseller (now available in paperback), 10% Happier does have a few ideas, summarized here, that you owe it to yourself to consider – whether you already meditate, have considered trying, or never plan to do so. 1. Don’t necessarily give up grand......

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Empathy, Cruelty and Extremism: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 9-13), we examined a book about humanizing the innovation process, an app that’s enabling cruelty, a story on parenting while overwhelmed, and a semantics debate around terrorism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Empathy as a Business Model – Irwin Kula Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. The e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. These smart essays,......

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