A truly spectacular read on the art of solitude, increasingly misunderstood and rare in our age of compulsive connectivity.

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soot: Solar corona, photographed by SOHO, 2nd November 2013.

18 images (inverted) photographed over 4 hours. The dots apparently moving to the right are background stars.

Image credit: NASA/SOHO. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.


John Cage’s score for “Water Walk”

Watch him perform it and browse the archive of Cage’s manuscripts.



A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions by Amy Saltzman MD


A Still Quiet Place presents an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program that therapists, teachers, and other professionals can use to help children and adolescents manage stress and anxiety in their lives, and develop their natural capacities for emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. The program detailed in this book is based on author Amy Saltzman’s original curriculum, which has helped countless children and adolescents achieve significant improvements in attention and reduced anxiety.

One of the easiest ways to find the still quiet place within is to practice mindfulness—paying attention to your life experience here and now with kindness and curiosity. The easy-to-implement mindfulness practices in this guide are designed to help increase children and adolescents’ attention, learning, resiliency, and compassion by showing them how to experience the natural quietness that can be found within.

The still quiet place is a place of peace and happiness that is alive inside all of us, and you can find it just by closing your eyes and breathing.

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I am hoping to use some to use this book this year to help create a culture of mindfulness in our classroom. I will be sharing a number of other books on mindfulness that I hope to use in the classroom this year.

-Adventures in Learning


John Cage performing “Water Walk” on the TV show I’ve Got A Secret in 1960

I consider laughter preferable to tears.

I’m reading a really good book about Cage and Zen Buddhism right now called Where The Heart Beats.


Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. There is hope, however, in the form of worms, which naturally convert organic waste into fertilizer. Matthew Ross details the steps we can all take to vermicompost at home — and why it makes good business sense to do so.

Lesson by Matthew Ross, animation by Cinematic Sweden.

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