Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Happy birthday, Deepak Chopra! Today, the Indian American doctor and author is one of the most famous holistic health advocates in the world, but at the start of his career, he practiced medicine in a humble village where the lights would go out whenever it rained.
March 7, 1965: The first civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery began 50 years ago today. Demonstrators met with brutal force from state and local lawmen and footage of the violent clashes finally shifted public opinion.
January 3, 1889: Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was living in Turin when he suffered a mental breakdown 125 years ago today. According to widely circulated stories of the time, he saw a horse being whipped and flung his arms around it before collapsing and falling unconscious.
Happy 51st birthday, Donna Tartt! The novelist began writing her debut book, The Secret History, when she was a student at Bennington College—it was published to great acclaim when she was 28. Since then, Tartt has published a novel every decade or so. Her most recent, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
I just finished my latest and it’s been quite a journey researching this and getting down on paper (or nowadays on Word). Being a native New Yorker and having been effected by the events of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, watching how Katrina devastated New Orleans, and just watching TV shows like The Walking Dead, made me not only want to, but need to write this book. It’s a serious subject with influences of pop culture (and thanks to my son, video games) thrown in to make you chuckle here and there. I’m only publishing it at 99¢ for a very short time and I wanted to let all my faithful followers, colleagues and friends know asap! Thanks for all your support and if you get a chance to read it, let me know! 🙂
As I walked my daughter to her classroom today, there was a beautiful quote up on the wall and today happens to be that poet’s birthday! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, make it a great day!
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Happy 79th birthday, Mary Oliver! The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s daily walks in the woods and wetlands of Provincetown are a central inspiration for her work.