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AM Inspiration: O magic sleep! O comfortable bird - John Keats

Are you getting enough sleep, and is it something to lose any sleep over? Depending on who you listen to, Americans are sleep-deprived to the extent that it affects our wellbeing, or we're doing okay. A National Geographic article, "U.S. Racking Up Huge Sleep Debt", connected Americans' fewer-tha...

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Tags: Caffeine, Health, Lifestyle, Poetry, Relax, Sleep
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AM Inspiration: Mid-week Simplicity

Here are two mid-week meditations on simplicity. The first, by e.e. cummings, that master of deceptively-simple verse, tells us to be glad and young-- attitudes that can be consciously chosen and which cut through a lot of the complications in life. The second is by Emily Dickinson. you shall ab...

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Tags: Cummings, Emily dickinson, Lifestyle, Meaning, Poetry, Simplicity
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AM Inspiration: Radio - The Transcendent Treasure

The best things in life are free...but actually someone has to pay for them. Museums, galleries, live music, community theater...they're all the things that enrich our communities but rely upon a mix of public funding and private donations. These collective goods tend to be taken for granted...so...

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Tags: Media, Npr, Poetry, Public, Radio
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AM Inspiration: The Remembered Earth and N. Scott Momaday

Today let's talk of lost loves. Not in terms of relationships with people, but relationships with places. I came across this poem the other day that captured a very important yet often overlooked dimension of life: attention. Attention is at a premium these days...we feel guilty if we're doing on...

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Tags: Appreciation, Attention, Environment, Memory, Native american, Poetry
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AM Inspiration: The Lunch Break and Other Endangered Species

For many people, Friday is the end of the work week and sometimes the most hectic day as projects are wrapped up before the weekend. Continuing our "break" theme from yesterday, I wanted to visit a lesser-known corner of 20th century psychology, transactional analysis, as conceived by Dr. Eric Be...

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Tags: Break, Lunch, Poetry, Rest, Wellness, Workplace
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AM Inspiration: The Bean Eaters - Not a Casual Affair

Many people are seeking to cut down their meat intake for environmental and health reasons, but having beans for dinner doesn't have to equal what Gwendolyn Brooks called "a casual affair." The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. Dinner is a casual affa...

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Tags: Bean, Diet, Food, Globaliation, Gwendolyn brooks, Latin america, Mexico, Nutrition, Poetry, Protein
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Become a Citizen Scientist: Join the Firefly Watch

Last night I was walking in my neighborhood in the cool evening, just as the air was thickening with darkness and the greenery was shifting towards black. Then I saw what for me is summer incarnate. I saw a firefly. Whether living in the mountains, where the lightning bugs descended in droves eve...

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Tags: Activity, Children, Green, Insect, Kids, Outdoors, Outside, Poetry, Science, Wildlife
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Green Intentions: Dylan Thomas and the Faces of Nature

Two faces of the sun, by Le Corbusier Last week I wrote about the poetry of the green movement, and today we're going to have a little more poetry. In fact, don't be surprised if you see poetry, thought-provoking quotations, and other posts from the heart in this space in coming weeks. After all...

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Tags: Carbon, Dylan, Global warming, Intention, Nature, Poetry
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Thirsting for Green: The Color and Poetry of the Environmental Movement

No Impact Man had a great post today about the way the green movement moves. It may surprise you to realize that it moves much like the rest of modern life: in too many directions at once, and thus, perhaps, not where all those text messages and emails say it wants to go. It's important to stand ...

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Tags: Art, Guernica, Justice, Lorca, Movement, Picasso, Poetry, Senses, Spain
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