Monthly Archives: June 2010

THANK YOU Nancy Jane Moore!

I’m pleased to announce that The Goodness Project has a new financial supporter. Thank you Nancy Jane Moore for your generous gift. You’re making this work possible! Check out Nancy’s take on the topic of goodness. Financial support makes it … Continue reading

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“This Is a Time for Heroes.”

Writer Mary Anne Mohanraj, the guest of honor at this year’s WisCon, got me thinking about heroism and goodness the other day. I missed WisCon this year, so I’ve been playing catch-up by reading about the conference online. When I … Continue reading

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Day 9 – The Log

Today was interesting in an irritating kind of way. It was one part business meeting, one part sitting in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on I-35, and one part contemplating the meaning of goodness and God. Over on my Facebook wall, … Continue reading

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Stalking the Wild Interview

My first official interview for The Goodness Project is set for tomorrow with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, poet laureate of Kansas. I’ve got another interview scheduled at the end of June with Zen Master Hae Kwang and Ji Do Poep Sa Nim … Continue reading

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Goodness Comes from God, or Does It?

On my Facebook page, an acquaintance posted an interesting comment. She wrote: (T)here is spirituality in doing goodness. We must have faith, which comes through God, and we are to do good works through faith. Otherwise good works alone on … Continue reading

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Day 8 – The Log

As I sit here, the rain has finally eased up a bit, but the sky is getting too dark too fast and a bit green, never a good sign in Kansas. Local folks on Twitter report that some of our … Continue reading

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Today in Goodness

Here’s an early edition of quick hits from the goodness trail… In this TED presentation, Michael J. Sandel talks about how we can overcome our tendency to turn democratic debates into “ideological food fights.” All of this reminds me that … Continue reading

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Day 7 – The Log

I had lots of fun on Facebook today, engaging in various debates and talking to friends about The Goodness Project. On the other hand, I lost an opportunity to expand the project because of my own narrow-mindedness. This afternoon, vigorous … Continue reading

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My Reading List continued – Jon Hassler

Via Facebook Solveig Pederson Zarubin suggestes: One of my favorite writers … is Jon Hassler – he wrote a memoir/essay collection called “Good People…from an Author’s Life”. One random review: http://www.nimblespirit.com/html/jon_hassler_reviews.htm “In this rare work of nonfiction — part memoir, … Continue reading

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My Reading List continued – a poem

Via Facebook, Amanda Warren suggests that I add Michael Josephson’s poem “What Will Matter” to my reading list, and I promptly found the poem online and read it. Perhaps the most relevant part is this: What will matter is not … Continue reading

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Goodness and the Saints

Any journey dedicated to finding goodness should take at least one side trip to the saints. Slate reminded me of that with its recent article on the topic of the Catholic Church, the Pope and his enthusiasm for canonizing new … Continue reading

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The Path to Goodness Is NOT Paved by Profit

It might seem odd to post Daniel Pink’s discussion of workplace motivation, but his take on purpose-driven work vs profit-driven work makes perfect sense. I’m particularly fascinated by the idea that a purely profit-driven workplace leads to disaster. Could this … Continue reading

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My Reading List

One reason I gave myself a limited time for this quest is that the topic of goodness is ridiculously large. If I did nothing more than read the literature of morality, goodness, good vs. evil and/or ethics in philosophy, religion, … Continue reading

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Days 5 & 6 – The Log

As the great and wise oracle Suze Orman says: “people first!” That’s what I’ve done over the last two days of the search for goodness; I’ve put people first, spending time with dear friends and, yes, even attending church services … Continue reading

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Plato Enters the Fray

One of the delights of the first week of my quest is that folks are sending me quotes about the topic of goodness. Here’s one from Plato: Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while … Continue reading

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