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The Invisible Campfire of Online Communities

Campfire: photo by Dawn on Flickr

When was the last time you felt a deep sense of connection with someone else online? Maybe it was today – reading a blog post that articulated something you’ve been trying to express for ages, or seeing a friend’s face light up over Skype, or witnessing something beautiful and human captured on video. And maybe […]

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Curiosity Experiment: When Have You Felt Truly Seen?

Curiosity Experiment No. 16: Being Seen

Here’s your weekly curiosity experiment: My friend Mike Beltzner has a wonderful way of observing birthdays: He tweets out a brief ode to the birthday person that acts as an evocative thumbnail sketch and celebration, all in 140 characters or less. For example: “It is @herhighnessness day! Proper observance is to take the time to chat with […]

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Pushing Out Into the Deep Water

Wooden dock on a lake

Today’s post revisits a piece from the vaults: I wrote it three years ago today, for my now-dormant book blog for The Boss of You. It struck me upon re-reading it that it is a perfect example of what Worship Wisely is all about: finding inspiration in others’ successes and celebrating them, without either canonizing […]

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Curiosity Experiment: On Amanda Palmer and hosting good conversations

Here’s your weekly curiosity experiment: Musician Amanda Palmer has nearly a million followers on Twitter. She told me that she sometimes gets criticized for “over-retweeting”: that is, excessively posting tweets from other people. But she sees this as an important part of her role as a convener of conversations: to lift up the perspectives she feels are […]

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The Rebel Grandma: What my grandmother taught me about sex, love, and loneliness

Photo of a young woman, perched high atop a fence, taken in the early 1940s.

I am Lauren, daughter of Barbara, daughter of Eleanor, daughter of Elsie, daughter of Eleanor, daughter of Jane, daughter of Ann. Years ago, I attended a ceremony to bless a mother-to-be. And the powerful woman who led the ceremony asked us to gather in a circle and introduce ourselves with our matrilineal heritage. She is […]

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On Marissa Mayer’s Disavowal of Feminism

Photo of Marissa Mayer holding a microphone, onstage at Le Web 2008

I wrote a short, and necessarily incomplete, piece for Quartz on Marissa Mayer’s statement that she’s not a feminist. You can find it here. I struggled to write it, because I knew I was leaving so much context out – and therefore leaving myself open to misinterpretation. So I am expanding on it here, to […]

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Beauty Tuesday: Idle No More

Two women holding signs at an Idle No More march in Coast Salish territories, January 11, 2013

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. –Martin Luther King, Jr. I have been feeling hopeful about my country lately. I haven’t felt that way in a while. While my American friends often joke about moving […]

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From Our Ghosts to Your Ghosts: The Gospel of Springsteen

Here is the moment from last night’s Bruce Springsteen concert that I want to remember. He worked the crowd like an old-fashioned revival preacher, at times using the language of church – “Can you feel the spirit? Give me a ‘Yeah!’” – and in other ways more obliquely, walking into the crowd for the laying-on […]

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Ninety-nine

Baby photo with Mom and Grandma and Grandpa MacLeod

Today, my grandfather Gordon MacLeod would have been 99 years old. Last year, I was hoping against all odds that my son would be born on his due date, November 23, as a kind of birthday gift for Grandpa. That didn’t happen, but I hear that gritty old, tobacco-and-weatherstained voice in my mind every day […]

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Livestreaming the Lean Startup Conference in Vancouver

The Lean Startup Conference logo

(Too busy to read this whole post? The TL;DR version is that I’m hosting a Vancouver livestream of the Lean Startup Conference on Monday, December 3. You should join me!) “If one more person tells me to read The Lean Startup, I’m gonna flip out,” complained one of my favourite tech startup founders recently.  Indeed, […]

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