Category: Sustaining Books

An imaginary meeting about a real emergency in my Imaginary Writers' Room

An imaginary meeting about a real emergency in my Imaginary Writers' Room
Last night, I dreamt I went to the Imaginary Writers’ Room again. (How’s that, Daphne?) When my dreams calmed down enough to let me get to the writers’ room in my imagination, there was a familiar-looking sign on the door: “Urgent Meeting! Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same.” I didn’t... Read more »

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Share what you've learned, as Mister Rogers did

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Share what you've learned, as Mister Rogers did
“I know how much I’ve struggled to look with my heart and not just my eyes when I see someone who is obviously different from me. If adults have such a challenge, imagine what a challenge that can be for children,” Fred Rogers once said. Gavin Edwards mentions that quotation in his tenth and final... Read more »

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Accept the changing seasons, as Mister Rogers did

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Accept the changing seasons, as Mister Rogers did
The ninth “way to live more like Mister Rogers” in Gavin Edwards’ book, “Kindness and Wonder,” is “Accept the changing seasons” — but it goes much deeper than watching for signs of spring. Edwards starts the chapter with the story of the March 23, 1970, episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” when Rogers goes to feed... Read more »
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'Kindness and Wonder' - Always see the best in people, like Mister Rogers did

'Kindness and Wonder' - Always see the best in people, like Mister Rogers did
Gavin Edwards’ eighth “way to live more like Mister Rogers right now” is to “Always see the very best in other people.” (For more ways, from his book “Kindness and Wonder,” see posts like these on previous recent Mondays.) “In modern culture,” Edwards writes, “we tend to reduce complicated people to just one or two... Read more »

'Kindness and Wonder' - Find the light in the darkness, like Mister Rogers did

'Kindness and Wonder' - Find the light in the darkness, like Mister Rogers did
The seventh “way to live like Mister Rogers” in Gavin Edwards’ Sustaining Book,  “Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More than Ever,” may be the hardest for some readers to read — but also to forget. It’s finding the light in the darkness. It’s praying for people, being with struggling people, and bringing people... Read more »

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Love your neighbors, like Mister Rogers (and others)

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Love your neighbors, like Mister Rogers (and others)
The sixth way to “Live More Like Mister Rogers Right Now” in Gavin Edwards’ book “Kindness and Wonder” is to “Love your neighbors.”(Catch up to previous posts here and here.) The chapter begins with a mention of two of Rogers’ more famous neighbors in Pittsburgh and New York City — artist Andy Warhol and George... Read more »
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'Kindness and Wonder' -- Connect with other people every way you can, like Mister Rogers

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Connect with other people every way you can, like Mister Rogers
“Mister Rogers didn’t reinvent puppetry or do anything particularly flashy with it,” Gavin Edwards writes in the fifth “way to live like Mister Rogers” in his book “Kindness and Wonder.”     (To connect with other posts on the other ways, use the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” tag below or click underlined sections.) “Many young viewers had... Read more »

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Tell the truth, like Mister Rogers

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Tell the truth, like Mister Rogers
The fourth “Way to Live More Like Mister Rogers Right Now” in Gavin Edwards’ loveable, Sustaining book, “Kindness and Wonder,”  is to tell the truth. “In the twenty-first century, trying to dispel misinformation and celebrity rumors feels a lot like trying to beat back the Atlantic Ocean with a butterfly net,” writes Edwards. But “respect... Read more »

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Like Mister Rogers, make a joyful noise

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Like Mister Rogers, make a joyful noise
The children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was musical, and repeated songs were often ones that Rogers himself had written. Author Gavin Edwards calls his third way to be like Mister Rogers “Make a joyful noise,” in his book “Kindness and Wonder.” Catch up to previous “ways” in posts from recent Mondays. As Edwards notes, “Fred... Read more »
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'Kindness and Wonder' -- Be kind to strangers, like Mister Rogers was

'Kindness and Wonder' -- Be kind to strangers, like Mister Rogers was
Some of the stories in the second “Way to Be Like Mister Rogers,” part of Gavin Edwards’ book “Kindness and Wonder,”  choked me up with the beauty of Rogers’ bravery as he loved and comforted sick children — and injured people in general. It’s part of what already makes this part of my collection of... Read more »