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Miscellaneous inspiration and whatnot.

Ray

Ray was one of the ex-felons who works with Coss now who made a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte.” Ray also wore me out — when I was reporting Coss’s story in New York, I watched Coss lead one class, then participated in Ray’s class after that. I haven’t really worked out...
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Nepal Relief

A Nepal earthquake survivor — and one of my wife's cousins — is trying to help the victims.
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No Curtains Over The Windows: Or, How Coss and Jenn got together

How the least likely girl in the world to fall in love with ex-felon Coss Marte did, in fact, fall in love with him.
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Cuts: Or, Things That Get Left Out

One of the hardest parts of journalism for me, because I get obsessed with whatever/whoever I’m learning about, is deciding what not to write — and inevitably, every story goes to print with some excellent stuff left out. I wrestle with this every story. This is one of the most important parts of writing, and to my immense...
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Working and Pyrrhic Victories

TLDR — I'm doing lots of cool stuff for work but it's taking up so much time but that's okay in my mind because I'm trying to do stuff that's not pyrrhic, which is probably a misuse of the word but whatever, and also I'm maybe just a little bit crazy but I kinda like...
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Andrew Dawkins said some fantastic things about protest.

"I was taught that justice is, you know, a right that ever American should have. Also, justice should be the goal of every American. I think that's what makes this country special. And to me, justice means that the innocent should be found innocent. It means that those who do wrong should get their due...
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Here’s how we’re going to get to Mars.

NASA successfully tested Orion, the ship it plans to use to send humans to Mars. Here's what else needs to happen.
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Chris Rock has some good thoughts on race, Ferguson, Cosby, Rob Williams, Obama, more

Chris Rock, in a New York magazine interview, on race, Ferguson, Cosby, Robin Williams, Obama, and more.
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These are bestselling authors who were rejected at first.

Salinger. Joyce. Fitzgerald. Gatsby. Orwell. Faulkner. Rowling. Sparks. Grisham. Patterson. Nabokov. Martel. Seuss. They all got rejected. Many times.
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Why I’m a huge John Green fan

Because unironic enthusiasm, basically. And also good writing. But mostly the enthusiasm thing.
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“It is not enough to be busy.”

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about? — Henry David Thoreau I feel like I’m always telling family and friends and colleagues, “I’m just so busy.” And I am. Finishing two books. Trying to figure out what book I’m writing next. Occasionally digging...
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Turns out reading is really healthy

This infographic claims that, among other things, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 60 percent.
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Picasso quotes.

Picasso had a lot of great quotes about life and art and all kinds of good stuff. Here's a list of some of his best.
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Why you should be reading fiction (and why I’m writing more of it)

This is a great article over at Medium about why you should be reading more fiction. I still love — absolutely love — the nonfiction work I do, but this pretty well covers why I'm writing — and will soon be publishing — more and more fiction, too. Some highlights:
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Picasso on the meaning and purpose of life.

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
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Astronaut Frank Culbertson’s 9/11 Letter from the International Space Station.

Maybe the most emotional and moving memorial to 9/11 is the letter that American astronaut Frank Culbertson wrote from the International Space Station as he reacted to seeing what was going on down on Earth.
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Thank you, ‘FRIENDS’

  It’s 20 years today since “Friends” premiered. I didn’t watch it until it had gone off the air, because I grew up a rather sheltered child. I started watching it on DVD with Katie when we were 20, the summer we started dating. And actually, the “dating” we did mostly consisted of picking up...
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On How To Please Your English Teacher

By my granddad, may he rest in peace, where he's probably distracting angels from their jobs by making them laugh too much.
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Strangers on a Train.

A devastating phone call, a long train ride, and some unbelievable strangers.
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This is beautiful.

How an African tribe handles someone who's done something wrong. I can't remember where I read this or if it's even true, but the heart behind it is great and the message is beautiful, and I've been thinking about it a lot this morning.
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