Category: Manners and Morals

David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude | On Being


Anatomy of Gratitude

My favorite quotes from the interview following its introduction description:

Now nearing 90, Brother David Steindl-Rast has lived through a world war, the end of an empire, and the fascist takeover of his country. He’s given a TED talk, viewed over five million times, on the subject of gratitude — a practice increasingly interrogated by scientists and physicians as a key to human well-being. He was also an early pioneer, together with Thomas Merton, of dialogue between Christian and Buddhist monastics. In this conversation from our visit to the Gut Aich Priory monastery in St. Gilgen, Austria, he speaks of mysticism as the birthright of every human being, and of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming.



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Gender-Neutral Singular They by

Gender-Neutral Singular They at

The linguists have voted, but will gender-neutral singular they actually catch on? As a pronoun for gender nonconforming individuals, they seems more poised to take off in a mainstream way over another option like ze, because they is already a part of all English speakers’ vocabularies. There’s less of a barrier to entry, especially with major publications like the Washington Post officially allowing its use as part of their style guide. As linguist Geoff Nunberg recently pointed out (no doubt with a twinkle in his eye): “everyone uses singular they, whether or not they realize it.”

A Story for Adoption, on The Moth Radio Hour: Live from NYC

This first story is wonderful.


A special live edition of The Moth recorded at The Players Club in New York City. A professional who works with adoption services details the personal reason she was drawn to her work, a son desperately seeks a connection with his father after a near deadly plane crash, and a Lutheran minister visits The Middle East and combats her intense fear of heights.

Storytellers: Maris Blechner, Joshua Wolf Shenk, Nadia Bolz-Weber.

How Do I Continue a Stalled Conversation?

In The Public Speaker

Do you ever get stuck in a conversation, not knowing what to say next? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, shares lots of great tips to keep that conversation going.

  • What are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
  • Why was X a good fit for you?
  • How did you get into … ?
  • What is the best part of working at X … ?
  • What’s the biggest challenge of your current role … ?
  • Or you can just say, “Ah, that’s interesting. Tell me more.”