by Eric Alan

February 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

There’s magic on the edge of the continent, at the border of sand and sea. In one direction stretches the entirety of the land I call home. In the other, a humbling liquid reminder of how small that land is, compared to even one ocean on a planet The opacity of the water’s surface from wave to horizon cannot hide the knowledge that underneath that surface is an alien world of mystery, complexity and beauty. 

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by Eric Alan

December 17, 2017 - 9:45pm

As countless people prepare to endure airport indignities during the holidays, it’s worth remembering that flying is magic. That is still true, in my view, no matter how many times I have to take off my shoes, get inappropriately patted down, and arrive early for delayed flights that conspire to steal my luggage. Those hassles are merely the price of soaring, after all. They are not flying itself.

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by Eric Alan

November 18, 2017 - 12:34pm

One of the most useful, practical gifts I’ve been given this year is a rock. A river stone, to be more specific, clad in leather and with one simple word engraved on it: “Gratitude.”

 

It’s a word that changes everything, if we embrace it, internalize it, live it despite the difficulty of our conditions. I’m far from perfect at the practice, which is why the stone is so useful. When I pick it up, feel the… READ MORE

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