Derek Sivers

I’ve been deliberately cultivating his long attention span. Whatever he’s interested in, that’s the most important thing, so I encourage him to keep doing that as long as possible. I never say, “Come on! Let’s go. We’ll go to the beach or forest, and make things with sticks for five hours before he’s ready to switch. Other families come to the playground for 20 or 30 minutes, but we’d just stay there for hours, immersed in some newly invented game. Nobody else can hang with us like this. Everyone else gets so bored. Of course my adult mind wanders to all the other things we could be doing. But I let it go, and return to that present focus. READ MORE

Buoy on blue pillow

After Natalie read Miss Annie’s book excerpts, Buoy decided to contemplate his interview questions in the photo above. “THE ISLAND” is Davis’s second book that carries on the saga of the Judge and Katy, his new squeeze, including Miss Annie on the Island of Catalina. In addition to interviewing his fellow canines, Buoy enjoys swimming at his family’s lake house, being told how handsome he is, and playing with his friends (a white Labrador named Dewey and a Shih-Tzu named Nellie, to name a few). READ MORE

Linda J. Albertano

VIRTUE by Linda J. Albertano Photographed by Alexis Rhone Fancher Virtue rides into town on a convertible Clydesdale. She’s wrapped in blue-and-white stars and is eating an apple concoction. Ah, Virtue! They want you. Your symbols are so succulent! They want to use you for purposes of personal adornment. They want to pin you, wholesome and lovely, to their lapels. Virtue drinks nothing but water from glaciers and the sap of lacebark pine. Ah, Virtue. You’re deep in danger. Of becoming a dull boy. Everyone knows the most fascinating females are hookers with hearts of gold. They smoke their cheroots and sing in their whiskey READ MORE