Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion. Read the text. Watch the video. Affirm the charter.

Pressing in our times of doubt, fear, hate, and war. Especially crucial for those who work with youth and the future. Valuable for all individuals — as part of humanity today. A perfect reminder during the start of our holidays season. May compassion, giving, and gratitude continue past the holy dates.

[Charter for Compassion is Karen Armstrong’s TED wish.]


Ira Glass on Storytelling

Oh, I heart thee, Ira Glass.

The guys at have been struggling with the very valid question of quantity vs. quality, and I think Mr. Glass hits the nail on the head again and again with his tips on finding stories, crafting stories, figuring out which stories have meaning and why, and—most importantly—quantity leads to quality because perseverance is key.

His advice spans all sorts of fields and adventures, so be sure to watch all four parts:

  • what makes a story compelling
  • the time and effort it takes to find great stories (and the ability to know when to kill a story)
  • the gap between your good taste and your ability to make something worthy of your taste
  • two common beginner errors (not being yourself and not being interested in other people/the world.)

Kale Chips

I’m debating whether to do our CSA farm share again in the winter. I’ve been in such a food rut lately, that it feels like we waste more of the veggies than use them well. (We compost what we can’t use, but still…) I just don’t know…

These kale chips may sway our decision:

salty, crispy kale chips
salty, crispy kale chips


  • Remove leafy parts from stems. Tear into bite-size pieces, and arrange on a baking pan.
  • Drizzle/toss with olive oil. Sprinkle conservatively with sea salt. (Save the salt for post-baking if you want less intense flavor.)
  • Bake at 325º or 350º for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the ones that are done, flip the others, and bake again for a few more minutes. Keep an eye on ’em, so they don’t burn.

Crispy, salty, somewhere between a potato chip and seaweed snacks, depending on the heartiness of your greens. Tastes as if they can’t be good for you, but they are!

[P.S. I got the idea from this 3191 post about getting a son who is on the autism spectrum to eat some greens.]