The Future May Be Bright Because the Kids Are Alright

It was an honor and a joy to guest lecture at my undergrad alma mater University of Illinois at Chicago last week. The campus was totally the same and completely different, and it was fun to revisit the places that were so meaningful to me 25 years ago.

Oh, and the students were almost without exception delightfully engaged, they participated, they asked great follow-up questions, and they came up to meet me afterward and expressed what had made them think, wonder, and hope.

And then! To top it all off, I got this lovely email:


So good news, everyone:
The kids are alright. ❤️

Not Beautiful

“The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.”

— John Cage

I’ve been traveling a lot these last few years and it’s always an interesting temptation, everywhere I go, to judge the places I visit in terms of whether I could live there, whether it’s cool, whether it’s beautiful. But I find the most satisfying experiences are had when I can remind myself to appreciate the places on their own terms, on their own merits, for their own beauty.