The Season of Beginnings

1 Simple Question to help you abandon books gracefully

The other night I decided to abandon a book I recently started reading, but it wasn’t as simple as placing it back on the shelf and walking away. I agonized over it for a couple of days, wondering why I hesitated so much over a seemingly simple decision. Here’s what went through my mind, plus one simple question to ask to help you decide whether or not to place a book back on the shelf.

6 Creativity Lessons From Cross-Country Skiing

In the weeks leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the New York Times ran a series of profiles on under-appreciated sports like speed skating and cross-country skiing. I’m no elite athlete, but I appreciated learning the nuances that go into both training and competing, and discovered that creative lessons abounded.

2019 Editor’s Letter | Guard Well Your Spare Moments

Last fall I walked into a little shop in downtown St. Helena that sold all sorts of kitchen trinkets and housewares. On a side table there was a stack of literary-minded things like mugs with quotes, notepads, and a coaster with this wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”