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Wallstreet, 1929 market crash

Calm in the Waves

Because of things that are swirling—coronavirus and financial markets—I want to interrupt our series on finding our True Selves and go elsewhere. We learned in US history class that when the stock market crashed in 1929, some people killed themselves. …

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Eleanor Roosevelt portrait

Admiration

We last left off on our path of finding our True Selves with Jealousy. This week is about a nobler emotion: Admiration. Part One: Make a list of people you admire. My list includes people like Eleanor Roosevelt and Maya …

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Green plant with spikes

Jealousy

Last fall, when a friend said, “I’m in love,” I was happy for her. Recently, another friend—let’s call her Ellen—told me that our friend and her new love have moved in together. The news made me happy. I am glad …

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Archeology

Now that you have detected in the present in support of finding your True Self, it’s time to go back in time. Archeologists excavate artifacts and study them. We will do the same. To the extent that you are able, …

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ShoesatRodin

Detective Work

In support of our goal of uncovering and discovering our True Selves, we’re starting a series of eight explorations that are intended to be enjoyable, not onerous. Treat them as if you were seeking a hidden treasure. You may want …

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The Mercantile Library, Cincinnati OH, reading room

Ode to a Library

In 1835, forty-five young, white men wanted to better themselves. They were not professionals, they were clerks to professionals and merchants. The men knew they could improve themselves more quickly and to a greater degree if they did it together. …

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