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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: 7 Habits According to Tolstoy

1. Keep an open mind 2. Practise empathy 3. Make a difference 4. Master the art of simple living 5. Beware your contradictions 6. Become a craftsman 7. Expand your social circle

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Sharing Joy

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He owed me nothing. I didn’t know him. But he looked at me holding my camera, and he smiled, this city worker with a front tooth missing. His joy infected me, and the colours of the world became brighter.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Ugly Duckling?

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I don’t buy it Mr. Andersen. Maybe the mother duck was surprised, overwhelmed, or even envious, but the baby wasn’t ugly, and she lied. We come into the world as beautiful cygnets. Every one of us.

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A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Your Real Job

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Your job is to love. Everything else is your occupation.

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Death By Trolley: Why many professors are atheists: Academe as a secular religious community

Atheists. Agnostics. Freethinkers. Nonbelievers. Nontheists. Humanists.Whatever you want to call them and whatever they

Famous atheists, including many career academics.

want to call themselves. People who do not believe in God. I describe myself as an agnostic atheist and a secular humanist. For the sake of this article, I will use the term “atheist” . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Why many professors are atheists: Academe as a secular religious community

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on compassion and it’s connection to finding purpose in life.