Sending a Son to College Feels Like This

I was sixteen when I turned down a full scholarship to Wellesley College. I don’t remember what that scholarship was worth in 1972 dollars, but I’d have to say, from my perspective now, that it would have been priceless. Wellesley offered me an open door into science and philosophy and language and strong women and self-esteem and intellectual passion that could have opened the world to me. They offered me Aristotle and Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre and Collette, Emily Dickinson and Michelangelo. They offered me classical sculpture, medieval history and macroeconomics, the riches of the Renaissance, fluency in a language, travel abroad, and in 1972, the rare opportunity to live at the beating heart of the emerging ... [Continue Reading]

Something I Would Never Do

“It is odd to think that what we don’t know, rather than what we know, can be the very core of story. That the characters within us about whom we know the very least may ultimately provide us with the most energy and liveliness. That often the denied parts of ourselves, our suppressed and disdained stories, are the richest and most rewarding...To be energetic and authentic, a national literature includes dialogues with the despised…Equally, our own writing wants to be infused with the dark light from our underworlds….the moments when the writer crosses into forbidden territory.” --Deena Metzger, Writing for Your Life

For the next twenty minutes, make a list ... [Continue Reading]

The Illusion of Security

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in Nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” --Helen Keller
Tell me about a time you went on a daring adventure—external or internal—even if no one else knew it at the time. ... [Continue Reading]