Inspiration

Happy Earth Day! And Happy #EarthGratitude Wave!

Since 1970, Earth has had one special day a year when we take a moment and really think about our planet—through demonstrations, fundraisers, volunteering, river cleanups, and other means of generally bringing our environment front and center. It was Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who came up with the idea of creating a “national […]

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50 Things I’m Grateful for about the Earth—An #EarthGratitude List

1. Those little weeds that pop up in the cracks of the sidewalk that, even though annoying to pick, show us just how resilient and powerful nature is. 2. A crystal-clear turquoise sea with warm sun shining. Heaven! 3. That scent at the beach. Any beach. 4. The feel of lying on warm sand on […]

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Portland in Perspective: 6 Real and 4 Bogus Clichés

by Mark Remy, writer, runner, and creator of Remy’s World I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon, for about a year now. As a result, I consider myself the world’s foremost authority on Portland, Oregon. OK, maybe not. But since moving here from Pennsylvania last summer, I think I do have a pretty good perspective on our […]

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50 Crazy-Wonderful Things about the Earth (and Its Creatures) to Be Grateful for!

I know, everyone is busy. But stop for a few minutes and consider just how amazing and magical our planet really is. This is an especially good time to consider the crazy-wonderfulness of Earth, with Earth Day and the Earth Gratitude Wave both on the 22nd. It’s never too early to feel grateful, which is […]

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The Infinite Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is the ultimate renewable energy—it’s free to give, and by giving it, you often receive more in return. If only everything were that easy! But the truth is, it is easy to feel grateful, and the benefits are wonderful. Expressing gratitude (even if it’s in the quiet of your own heart) has been found […]

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In Defense of Fairy Tales

The other day I saw the first half of an Albert Einstein quote: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent…” At this point the quote was cut off, and of course my mind went to something like “read math books!” or how […]

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What If Your Life Were a Movie?

  I just read a little book on life after death called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, by Annie Kagan. You’ll have to read it yourself to understand the title and the whole story (which I do recommend). But in it, Billy describes a phase of the afterlife in which you are surrounded (I pictured […]

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Top 11 Ways to Be Happy

March 20th is International Happiness Day, and that’s cause for celebration! I wasn’t always happy. In fact, I spent most of my life vaguely depressed, crabby, and insecure. But for the past few years, I’ve really, really worked at being happy, and I’ve found there are a few secrets that make it so much easier: […]

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