vol. 10, num. 6 :: 2011.03.25 — 2011.04.07
Snow melts and the leaves that piled up in the corners reveal themselves. Eagerness for summer boils over into a closet cleansing. Is a clean house a prerequisite for or an impediment to hospitality? To peace of mind? On the ways in which cleaning leaves us weary or satisfied, annoyed or at ease.
When does cleaning become more than a healthy habit?
On scrubbing consumerism's stain out of our cleaning rituals.
A beginner's guide from the shopkeeper of Love Your Mother earth-friendly goods.
Attempting to invoke patience one closet at a time.
Of sanity and hospitality in a home that's dirty enough to be happy.
Within the folds of clean clothes, a mother discovers something about her own mother.
On finding God in the dish water, vacuum cleaner and toilet.
What is the sound of one hand washing again and again and again?
Caroline Langston on keeping the house mindfully.
It is relatively easy to find talent; it is hard to form teams. In hiring I suspect most companies and organizations pay too much attention to the former and too little to the latter…. Obviously good teams take advantage of each members comparative advantage, but there is something else going on here, some chemistry that leads to the inner transformation of individuals, providing bursts of confidence, bursts of loyalty to one another, bursts of hard work and commitment. I wish I understood it. The key to success is not found in the individual members but in the quality of the space between them. I can only note that a good team is based on some sort of mutual love, and we want to honor what we love and become what we love.
"The Structures of Growth" in The New York Times
Hat tip: Barry Heywood
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