Figuring by Maria Popova

Apparently, Ralph Waldo Emerson fantasized about the merits of a pentagonal relationship with four of his closest friends as the ideal Platonic form of intimacy. Among his selected poly-platonic partners would be revolutionary Margaret Fuller, astronomer Caroline Herschel, poet and transcendentalist Samuel Ward, and his wife, Anna Baker Ward, with whom Margaret Fuller and Emerson …

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a meditation on water

when the surface is unsettled, peaking and swaying, one curve to another my image fails to exist glimpses of my skin are found in pale color, and across many distant angles but left to calm itself slowing its dance from side to side the fragments rearrange themselves to form a more focused gaze and there …

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How Not to Activate your Rebrand

Some may know that I am on the Brand Strategy team for a national nonprofit organization. Part of my role has been supporting the progress of our organizational rebrand after a successful merger. I'll save the details for when/if they're relevant, but part of the rebrand process has been a deep exploration of brand activation …

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D’var Torah for an Aufruf: a Meditation on Va’etchanan

Our parsha this week is Va’etchanan, a somewhat popular Torah portion, as it is the portion which houses our Shema and V’ahavta prayers. The Shema, as we know, is a call to oneness, a call to love, and it stands as a centerpiece of this parsha. Most of the parsha, however, is a retelling by …

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Why I’m no longer talking about politics on Facebook

I don't need to tell anyone how difficult this last year has been. Whatever side of the political spectrum you're on, you've likely seen firsthand the destructive effects of our state of affairs and the polarizing rhetoric on replay wherever you go. The sheer amount of information vying for our attention, the chorus of personalities …

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