The Shelf:

My favorites of everything.



The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

Half of a Yellow SunChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Too Late the Phalarope - Alan Paton

Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie

My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok


Walking on Water - Derrick Jensen

The Road to Character - David Brooks

Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts - Steve Turner

Humilitas: The Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership - John Dickson


To Read:

Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following your heart - by Kamal Ravikant


Invisibilia: (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions. 

Creative ConfidantHow do creative minds go about doing their best work? How can we encourage each other to do the same? This podcast follows two confidants on their quest to create something every day and inspire others to do the same.

Revisionist History: Hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, Revisionist History goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, and idea.  Something overlooked.  Something misunderstood.  

TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading

Here are some of my favorites

Hidden Brain: A conversation about life's unseen patterns. 

Radiolab: a show about curiosity.  Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

The Moth: The Moth's mission is to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience. 

Websites:  Founded in 1998, is one of the oldest blogs on the web. It’s written and produced by Jason Kottke and covers the essential people, inventions, performances, and ideas that increase the collective adjacent possible of humanity. An ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.  Their secrets are posted every Sunday.

Question Everything: TIME magazine asks influential people to consider life's most interesting questions.  Here are their answers.

Wait But Why: New Post Every Sometimes


The Salt of the Earth : Photographer Sebastiao Salgado embarks on the discovery of pristine territories and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty.

The Sea In Between : Indie-music genius Josh Garrels takes his wife & young children on the trip of a lifetime, creating gorgeous music along the way.

I hate trying to find quotes that once inspired me but have since been lost in the shuffle.  I'm going to start dumping them here.  

Google, you can thank me later.


"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." - Nietzsche


"Fundamental Attribution Error: The tendency of human beings to attribute the negative or frustrating behaviors of {others} to their intentions and personalities, while attributing their own negative or frustrating behaviors to environmental factors." - Parick Lencioni (The Advantage)


"There is no exile quite like being a stranger in the midst of your own family." - Rod Dreher (How Dante Can Save Your Life)


"We shall not cease from exploration,

and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started

and know the place for the first time."

T. S. Eliot


“Thankfulness, is a soil in which pride does not easily grow.” - the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey,


The little is close at hand. - Joseph Campbell


"There is as much magic in making things disappear as there is in making them appear. More, perhaps. The undoing is almost always more difficult than the doing." - The Magician's Elephant

"This," he wanted to say to someone he loved and who loved him in return. "This." - The Magician's Elephant


"All good things come by grace, and grace comes by art, and art does not come easy."- Norman Maclean

"to be helpful is to be free- of messianic delusions, of pride, of condescension, of despair, of impossible burdens, of selfish withdrawal. Helpfulness is humble, caring, forgiving, and constructive in innumerable small ways. And 'helpful' is the very best we can offer each other." - A Loving Life (Paul E. Miller)


“The secret to happiness is: find something more important than you are, and dedicate your life to it.” – Dan Dennett


"But he was a writer, at least he was certain he was meant to be a writer, an artist, a creator." - Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie