Why I love black Friday.

I love black Friday. It shows a companies soul. Here are a few companies that opt out of black Friday and always make me feel warm and happy inside. 

Oliver Cabell Boxing Day

1. Everlane This year they are buying 8,000 employees in one of their female run factories in Vietnam motorcycle helmets, so they can get home safely everyday. 

"When we asked the factory what they needed, the answer was clear: A safe helmet for every employee."

2. Oliver Cabell This year...the just closed the "doors". 

"Because we want to celebrate intentional buying, and believe that fewer, better things lead to a fuller life, we decided to shut down the site for the day." 

3. REI This year, like every year, they went outside to play. 

"We’re starting a new Black Friday tradition. Our stores are closed. All 12,287 REI employees are outside enjoying a day off in the fresh air. Will you go out with us?"

The importance of the edit

This is important because I believe editing is an essential skill that is often overlooked and under appreciated. The future belongs to the best editors.

It would be a writing course. Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.

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Falling For Sleep

When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber?

As important as an objective biomedical view of sleep might be, it is insufficient because it largely disregards the experience of the sleeper. It largely disregards sleep. The brain doesn’t sleep. Neither does the body. We do.

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The French Chef


I've been watching reruns of The French Chef with Julia Child. I was curious about the patch she wears on her shirt.  It is, of course, from the "informal" cooking school she started  in Paris in 1952.