Mitch Albom and Me ;)

I was such a huge fan of Tuesdays with Morrie, the New York Times bestseller about professor Morrie Schwartz’s lessons on dying and death, as experienced and written by his student, Mitch Albom. Like many of Albom’s readers, I had always regarded him as an inspirational writer whose works are “must-reads” and “must-shares.” So imagine my surprise (and elation!) when I got a call from my Rappler editor, asking if I would take on an assignment interviewing Albom during his trip to the Philippines. My answer was inelegant,…Continue Reading “A Tuesday with Mitch Albom”

Do you live in (or have you recently been to) any of these cities? Reykjavik, Iceland San Francisco, California Malmö, Sweden Vancouver, Canada Portland, Oregon Curitiba, Brazil Copenhagen, Denmark Stockholm, Sweden Hamburg, Germany Bogotá, Colombia In March 2012, a group called the Mother Nature Network named these cities the 10 greenest cities in the world. The cities were chosen for “encompassing all of the positive qualities that make urban living more healthy, pleasant and sensitive to nearby ecosystems.” They were also chosen “based on their use of…Continue Reading “Have you been to any of the World’s 10 Greenest Cities? Tell me more!”

Maria Popova of (one of my favorite websites of all time) shares this excerpt from George Orwell’s Why I Write. “Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living… Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to…Continue Reading ““Why I Write” by George Orwell (from”