Archives for Mini-Sabbatical
This was the title of an article in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. Two experts answered the question. Clay Shirky says “Smarter”. Nicholas Carr argues “Dumber”.
I was struck by some of Carr’s thinking, especially this: “…a growing body of evidence suggests that the Net, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is also turning us into [...]
In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim. On the second day of my mini-sabbatical – three hours carved out of a regular Thursday – I set out once again to do a pilgrim’s job of exploring a new land.
In order to have this time out of a work day, I was the [...]
Integral to a sabbatical is the longing to break away from the habits of our lives. More importantly, a sabbatical gives a break in a way that allows us to truly see the world around us.
Cultivating this art – as a pilgrim in a new land – is as simple as slipping on a pair [...]
By the time I met Randy Hain for an early morning cup of coffee in an Atlanta suburb, he had already been awake for almost three and a half hours. I met Randy at 7:15 a.m.
Randy gets up every morning at 4 a.m. to meditate, pray, journal, read and think. It’s his quiet time, before [...]
In 2006, then-struggling American indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon left North Carolina with a broken heart and retreated to his father’s remote cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. There, he recorded the songs that would become Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, playing all the instruments himself. In isolation, Vernon says, he was able [...]