A random collections of blog posts, articles and other things I think are worth sharing.

Successful Flow: 40 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They’re Too Cool to Listen

Time: How to Decode a Box of Chocolate (File this under News You Can Use!

Atlantic: Masters of Love (The simple “secret” to happily-ever-after).

Salon: School is a Prison, and It’s Damaging Our Kids (Not sure I agree with this author’s view entirely, but…some interesting food for thought here.)

“The top-down, teach-and-test method, in which learning is motivated by a system of rewards and punishments rather than by curiosity or by any real, felt desire to know, is well designed for indoctrination and obedience training but not much else. It’s no wonder that many of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and innovators either left school early (like Thomas Edison), or said they hated school and learned despite it, not because of it (like Albert Einstein).”

“As a society, we tend to shrug off such findings. We’re not surprised that learning is unpleasant. We think of it as bad-tasting medicine, tough to swallow but good for children in the long run. Some people even think that the very unpleasantness of school is good for children, so they will learn to tolerate unpleasantness, because life after school is unpleasant. Perhaps this sad view of life derives from schooling. “