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Brain Pickings is a record of Maria Popova's own becoming as a person..
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A poetic antidote to despair by way of delight. “True adulthood,” Toni Morrison told an orchard of human saplings in her 2004 ..read more
“Those who love less should be helped out and lavished with more.” “Who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love ..read more
A succulent serenade to the elegant geometry of spiny splendor. Among the oddities of my childhood in communist Bulgaria was my mother ..read more
“One of the hardest things to make a child understand is, that down underneath your feet, if you go far enough, you come to blue sky and ..read more
How the ability to call your idea “by various names, borrowed from various languages,” empowers you to conceive that idea “in a way ..read more
From the sensuous honeysuckle to the humble daisy, a lyrical journey to where nature meets human nature. “In forty years of medical ..read more

“Leave something of sweetness and substance in the mouth of the world.” A year ago, I lost my darling friend Emily Levine (October 23 ..read more
On books, bronchitis, and a mother’s “sympathetic exasperation.” “Libraries are sanctuaries from the world and command centers ..read more
Of turning sorrow into song. Harriet Hosmer — whose remarkable forgotten story I tell in Figuring (public library), from which this ..read more
Time-travel to the dawn of modern medical science via the stunning art of a self-taught woman illustrator and botanist. A century before ..read more

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