Category Archives: Optimist Manifesto

What’s Your Story?

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my writing students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, that captures the essence of who they are. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like a Michelangelo statue trapped in the marble, fully formed, waiting to be released. Continue reading

The Optimist Manifesto

I’m psyched about doing a bi-monthly column for the brand new site Purple Clover. My first piece just came out this week. It’s called “The Optimist Manifesto,” and makes the argument that optimists are the true realists, not pessimists, because we don’t take our existence for granted and see every day for what it is – a miraculous thing. Continue reading