Posts Tagged with ‘reflection’

Sunday Best – May 5, 2019

Years ago I attended a seminar with the brilliant mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. I remember being so excited to hear what he had to say, and also a little worried that the discussion would be too technical for me to follow. The first sentence he said was, “I study roughness.” He explained that most of mathematics […]

Sunday Best – January 20, 2019

Don’t just do something, stand there!   Jack Bogle Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.   Mary Oliver This was a tough week for loss – both the poet Mary Oliver and the investor Jack Bogle. At first glance these seem like people who had little in common: Oliver spent her days in the […]

Sunday Best – September 23, 2018

Zoom out, zoom in. When I was studying biomimicry and natural systems, we’d do a neat and simple exercise for observation: zoom out, and zoom in.  Take a moment and scan a whole forest, and from a plain swath of green some amazing patterns start to emerge. You might see a clump of trees near […]

Sunday Best – September 9, 2018

  “You do what you have to do to be faithful.”   Earlier this week I had the joy of hearing Sister Pat Daly speak to a gathering of investors. In describing the motivation behind her decades of work as an engaged investor, she simply said, “you do what you have to do to be […]

Sunday Best – July 15, 2018

More than kisses, letters mingle souls.            – John Donne If you are like me, one of your new-century habits over morning coffee is to scroll through photos that your friends and family post on line. This time of year it feels like an stream of terrific postcards, the images full […]

Sunday Best – April 29, 2018

The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite of poverty is justice.      – Bryan Stevenson   This week marked the opening of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, projects led by the Equal Justice Initiative. Many observers noted the painful and compelling need for such […]

Sunday Best – January 14, 2018

 “I Coulda Been a Contender!” * Absence and Loss Winter in New England has a stark beauty, and sometimes it also has a relentless gray bleakness, which brings a certain kind of reflection. Lately I’ve been considering the sharp pain of loss and the role that rituals and community can provide. We’ve spent centuries developing […]

Sunday Best – December 17, 2017

A dear friend reminded me this week that we are smack-dab in the middle of the season of reflection and gratitude, despite the contrary indicators of jam-packed calendars and distracting sparkly holiday sweaters and occasional bouts of end-of-year whining. Luckily our conversation sent me straight to the wonderful Anne Lamott for refuge, and her book […]

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