The Best of Brain Pickings 2019

Love, poetry, friendship, solitude, and lots of trees. In this annual review, following the annual selections of the year’s loveliest children’s books and overall favorite books, “best” is as usual…

Favorite Books of 2019

From the hidden universe beneath our feet to delight as a countercultural force of courage and resistance, by way of Patti Smith, Toni Morrison, and the Greek myths. Long ago,…

My Husband And I Disagree On Hot Button Issues

I’d imagine money, the division of household/family labor, and politics are the top three sources of strife in relationships these days. In a perfect world, we’d partner with folks who shared…

I’m Not Safe From Racism Anywhere

This past weekend, I had an experience at the public library that impacted the way I see the world. Ironically, since moving here, the library has been one of few places…