Some Awesome Links and See You in Colorado and Missouri!

Busy preparing for my Colorado and Missouri trip. As my Facebook friends know—and, by the way, you're invited to become one—I've morphed into a mushroom fanatic since moving to the midwest, and will be attending the Telluride Mushroom Festival. Oh yeah, and I'll also be giving a bunch of writing-productivity and joyful-activism workshops, and would love to see you at one if you're in the area. Please check my calendar for dates for these and my upcoming Michigan workshops! I've got some great articles queued up for September, to get us all revved for the new work year. In the meantime, below are some really awesome links. I hope you enjoy them, and please, please, please enjoy the rest of your summer! If you haven't yet been to the beach or the woods or the mountains, that's your homework. :-) The Links: Success at any Age YES! Perfectionists often feel bad about what they perceive to be a lack of life progress—a tendency hugely exacerbated by many societies' youth fixation. This article offers a … [Read more...]

How to Have a Beautiful Soul

Some books that profoundly influenced me in 2014, and that I urge you to check out, are: Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature. A massive but highly readable book whose encouraging thesis is that humans are getting less violent over time. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals. About Lincoln and his cabinet. Spellbinding history and vivid psychological portraits. (The Spielberg movie Lincoln was based on it.) The audiobook was fantastic. Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running. Since moving to the midwest, I've become obsessed with mushrooms—growing and hunting them, that is; I've always been obsessed with eating them—and mycologist Stamets is the visionary genius of mushrooms. Watch his entertaining seminar to learn why “the future is fungi,” and how mushrooms can transform medicine, agriculture, ecology, and pretty much everything else. Then check out his fun book. Ken Ilgunas, Walden on Wheels. Autobiography of a young man who was so determined to avoid the college-loan debt-trap that he lived in a van … [Read more...]

A Great Day for Mushrooms, and Alliteration

Woke up to find it's raining again, for the upteenth time this fall. At first, I had my normal reaction, "Aw, crap." But this time I quickly corrected myself, "All right! More mushrooms!" Michigan is apparently great for mushrooms. Maybe today, Monday, I will make manifest a marvelous Michigan morel. … [Read more...]

Mushroom Picking in Michigan

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