What I'm Reading - Vol. Five

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?
Perhaps no reporter's name is more beloved than Sylvia Poggioli, NPR's Italian correspondent. Sylvia has had a cow in Cambodia named after her, and a restaurant in Salem, Oregon. "Every time Sylvia says her name," the restaurateur said, "I envision Italy, I see and smell good food."

Try Acting More Like A Kindergartner
I live across the street from a kindergarten. Kindergarten, where I live in Switzerland, is two years and begins at four. They have their own building and most children walk to school. Except they don't walk. They run. As adults, we run too. When we're very late, or when we're in exercise clothes, trying to get in shape or just get into our jeans. But, these children are not late. They aren't trying to lose weight. They're just running, from their houses to school. And they laugh while they're doing it.

It's OK to be Happy with a Quiet Life
In our society we are constantly bombarded with the message that we should want more. Advertising tells us life will be better with more. Our families and school teachers (who only want the best for us) encourage us to work hard to achieve more. The media and popular culture focus on celebrities and people who have more. More means success. So deciding that, actually, we'd be happy with a bit less, can require a big adjustment.

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