I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to learn and how to be a good student. I teach students in a formal setting, when they’re enrolled in a university seeking a degree. These students are learning skills and knowledge with a direct purpose and application: to enter a profession. I also teach... Continue Reading →
Do you read? You’re reading right now, but is reading a major part of your life? Do you do it deliberately, often, widely, and with intention? I do. Reading is woven into moments of my life— I remember what I read on my belated honeymoon with Max (Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth). I remember what I read... Continue Reading →
Here’s the kicker: we will all cause harm in our lifetimes. But it’s possible to make choices to reduce harm, and to actively seek understanding of the impact we have.
When I worked at Borders in Downtown Crossing in Boston (remember Borders?!), I was once reprimanded for asking customers if they needed a bag for their purchase rather than giving them one automatically. I explained my reasoning to the manager (lots of people actually don’t— and never thought about it, and would be just as... Continue Reading →