Living in More Than One World

The Blog of Bruce Rosenstein

Three Questions for Douglas LaBier of the Center for Progressive Development

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the inner life, and what it takes to have a meaningful one. Douglas LaBier is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on this topic. LaBier, whom I also wrote about in 2010, is a Washington, D.C.-based business psychologist and psychotherapist, and the founder and Director of the Center for Progressive Development. The latter is described on its website as “a nonprofit educational, consulting and research organization. Its mission: to promote psychological health in the workplace and in personal lives.”

He writes regularly for The Huffington Post, and indeed his latest piece is “Redefine Success Through Living an ‘Inside-Out’ Life.” Here is my Q&A with him on how he approaches his own super-busy schedule; plus his reading choices and views on how people experience inspiration through social media.…

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Gordon Marino Q&A on the Intersection of Boxing & Philosophy

Only the most imaginative fiction writer could have invented the life of Gordon Marino. As you can see from the terrific profile in Minnesota’s Pioneer Press, “Meet the boxing philosopher of Northfield’s St. Olaf College,” and on his bio page, Marino exemplifies the concept of living in more than one world. His main work is as professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. (I mentioned him and a piece he wrote for The New York Times in my May 21st post about the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Danish philosopher-theologian Søren Kierkegaard.)

But Marino is also a prolific freelance writer and author/editor, and the boxing correspondent of The Wall Street Journal.…

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Peter Drucker’s 5 Existential Questions for the Fall Semester

As we’re all aware, the immediate period after Labor Day is one of transitions, new beginnings and self-examination. Among other things, it is the Jewish New Year, and the start of the school year. Many people are starting or ending jobs, moving to a new residence, or deciding on potential new careers. I wrote about this period last year, in my post “5 Self-Management Tips For the Fall 2012 Semester.”

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Whether or not you are a college or grad student, it’s worth considering questions Peter Drucker posed to this group in a fascinating essay, “The Romantic Generation,” in Harper’s Magazine, May 1966.…

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Samantha Shannon: A Literary Star is Born

Maybe I was living under a rock, but until late last week I had never heard of the 21 year old British author Samantha Shannon, whose futuristic debut novel, The Bone Season, hit #7 in The New York Times September 8, 2013 Best Sellers list (hardcover fiction) in its first week. It also became the first book chosen for the Today show book club.

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What drew my attention was a headline in my alma mater, USA TODAY, “Is Samantha Shannon the Next J. K. Rowling?” I didn’t realize that there were other articles going back more than a year raising that comparison, when she was still a student at St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford.…

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7 Self-Management Secrets of Jorge Luis Borges

The title of a recent Los Angeles Times piece by Hector Tobar says it all: “The Borges boom: he may be dead, but his legacy remains strong.” August 24 was the 114th anniversary of Jorge Luis Borges’ birth in Buenos Aires; he died June 14, 1986, in Geneva. Tobar points out the heavy, multimedia presence for Borges, as well as the ongoing book releases, long after his death.

The latest were published this summer by New Directions: Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature; and Borges at 80: Conversations. They have inspired a variety of additional coverage, such as “Two New Books About ‘Borges’,” by Mark O’Connell in The New Yorker; “Jorge Luis Borges and His Library of Babble,” by Michael Hingston, in the Globe and Mail; and “Borges, Politics, and the Postcolonial,” by Gina Apostol, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.…

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Peter Drucker and The Washington Post

The surprise sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has been the buzz of the media world this week. The news prompted me to recall Peter Drucker’s brief involvement with the newspaper in the late 1930s, soon after he came to the United States from Europe.

The Austrian-born Drucker was in his late twenties when he did a brief stint as a freelance foreign correspondent for the Post, during a return visit to Europe in the spring of 1938. This is recounted in Drucker’s charming memoir originally published in 1978, Adventures of a Bystander.

He notes that he cold-called the foreign editor, Barnet Nover, walked into his office, and left two hours later with an advance for the first two pieces.…

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Mindfulness for a Better Summer

One of the bittersweet aspects of summer is that it is difficult to be in the moment and enjoy a season that passes all too quickly. In our anxiety to savor the summer, we can lose some of the enjoyment of a time most of us look forward to, especially during the cold and dark winter. A potential solution is mindfulness, which can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the here and now.

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The online and in print presence of mindfulness is growing fast. I’ve enjoyed my subscription to a new magazine, Mindful, which began publication earlier this year. The current, August 2013 issue has a number of interesting articles that can be applied to work and elsewhere.…

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The Summer of Happiness

If we had an unlimited amount of time on this earth, it would take a big chunk of that time to read all of the books, articles, websites and blogs devoted to the subject of happiness. But that doesn’t stop the flow, or end the curiosity of those of us who are intensely interested in the subject. The cover of the July 8/15 Summer Double Issue of TIME magazine is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” It is a five part, 15 page section; including the lead article by Jeffrey Kluger, “The Happiness of Pursuit.” (This is also the title of a quirky, engaging book by Cornell University psychology professor Shimon Edelman.)

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The special section also includes a happiness poll and a look at happiness around the world (including the transformation of Finland from the suicide capital of the world into a much happier country).…

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10 Great Summer Books Lists for 2013

Now that we are a day away from the 4th of July, it’s time for one of my favorite summer activities, rounding up some of the many helpful and downright addictive Summer reading lists published recently. Reading/skimming these lists provides a window into the world of other people and organizations — how they are planning to spend their summer; outlining their desires, hopes and good intentions, looking for the promise that a great book can deliver.

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Here are ten of the many lists that aim to guide us to reading bliss for the next couple of months:

Financial Times: Summer books guide
The Guardian: Summer Reading
Los Angeles Times: Summer books
NPR: Summer Books 2013
Oprah/O: O’s 2013 Summer Reading List
Publishers Weekly: Best Summer Books 2013
Slate: Summer Reading 2013
Stanford Graduate School of Business: Top 13 Business Books to Read This Summer
TED blog: Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters
USA TODAY: 30 Hot Books for Summer

Along with the Los Angeles Times list, in the article “David L.

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Tom Guernsey: A Guitar Silenced

Last Sunday, June 23, was one of the most memorable days I’ve spent in a long time. I was at the Town Hall in Garrett Park, Maryland, not far from where I live, for a celebration of life-memorial service for guitarist/songwriter/producer/entrepreneur Tom Guernsey, one of the icons of the Washington, D.C. rock scene for the past 50 years. Tom had ALS/Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AKA “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), and died last October 3 in Portland, Oregon, where he had moved several years ago. On October 20, The Washington Post ran an extended appreciation/obituary by Terence McArdle, “A Local Life: Tom Guernsey, Md.

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