In her new book No One Understands You and What To Do About It, Heidi Grant Halvorson tells readers a story about her friend, Tim. When Tim started a new job as a manager, one of his top priorities was communicating to his team that he valued each members input. So at team meetings, as each member spoke up about whatever project they were working on, Tim made sure he put on his active-listening face to signal that he cared about what each person was saying.

But after meeting with him a few times, Tims team got a very different message from the one he intended to send. After a few weeks of meetings, Halvorson explains, one team member finally summoned up the courage to ask him the question that had been on everyones mind. That question was: Tim, are you angry with us right now? When Tim explained that he wasnt at all angrythat he was just putting on his active-listening facehis colleague gently explained that his active-listening face looked a lot like his angry face.

Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

First Yoga Lesson
by Mary Oliver

"Be a lotus in the pond, she said, "opening
slowly, no single energy tugging
against another but peacefully,
all together."

I couldnt even touch my toes.
"Feel your quadriceps stretching?" she asked.
Well, something was certainly stretching.

Standing impressively upright, she
raised one leg and placed it against
the other, then lifted her arms and
shook her hands like leaves. "Be a tree," she said.

I lay on the floor, exhausted.
But to be a lotus in the pond
opening slowly, and very slowly rising--
that I could do.

Remembering Operation Babylift
Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.
--from a TED talk

Make Way for Ducks

A mallard drake and hen were wandering our neighborhood this morning. They wandered down our driveway and then back up to the sidewalk. They moved into our yard, but the songbirds that live in our trees and bushes went crazy with peeping and scolding and the ducks quickly moved on. I would guess they were looking for a place to nest. They were unphased, even when cars drove by. They just ambled along, waddling up the sidewalk.

Make way for Ducks

Earth Day was the biggest environmental demonstration in history. Thousands of local volunteers made the event a success, motivated by the polluted state of the countrys shorelines, skies, and rivers. But a clever, powerful bit of marketing played a key role in bringing in millions of people to the environmental movement. It was the name, "Earth Day."

The Man Who Gave 'Earth Day' Its Name

Earth Day Everyday

Today is EARTH DAY, begun in 1970 and celebrated on April 22nd each year since. According to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is celebrated by a billion people, making it the world's largest secular holiday.

The LIttle Prince

Wild Blue Yonder replaces Blizzard Blue

Some interesting behind-the-scenes info about name changes on Crayola crayons.

Day 1,825

For as long as I can remember, my adoption has been a simple, happy fact, not the subject of much discussion and certainly not of drama. Quite the opposite. Biological children dont walk around saying, Hey, my parents gave birth to me! any more than I walked around saying, Hey, my parents didnt give birth to me! Being adopted was even a private point of pride for me. Other kids were just the grab-bag prize their parents were stuck with when they unwrapped it, whereas mine had gone shopping and picked me. That was my story for a long time, and it worked.

Sarah C. Baldwin: Build-A-Bear



Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is just a cycle of starts and stops.
There are ends we don't desire, but they're inevitable, we have to face them. It's what being human is all about. - Jet Black