Update: It’s the Kansas City edition! We begin our recording from a table at Winstead’s, the beloved Kansas City diner that’s our family’s favorite place to eat. Plus we feature some special guests.
Elizabeth and I had so much fun recording this — it’s always extra-fun when we’re together, and it was great to be in our hometown.
Try This at Home: “Identify your special places.” The restaurant Winstead’s is definitely one of our special family places.
I quote from Mircea Eliade’s The Sacred and the Profane: the Nature of Religion: “There are, for example, privileged places, qualitatively different from all others — a man’s birthplace, or the scenes of his first love, or certain places in the first foreign city he visited in youth. Even for the most frankly nonreligious man, all these places still retain an exceptional, a unique quality; they are the ‘holy places’ of his private universe.”
Know Yourself Better: Is there a New Year’s resolution that you’ve made over and over?
Update! We talked to my sixteen-year-old daughter Eliza in Episode 30, and here, she gives us an update. Also, she announces that she has started a podcast of her own. Check out Eliza Starting at Sixteen. She does the whole thing herself — recording, editing, everything. Which astounds me.
Mindy’s Gold Star: One of Elizabeth’s best friends, Mindy, gives a gold star to her father, who told her, “Always pay attention to what you have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have.”
Note: it’s hard to see, but I’m wearing a t-shirt that Elizabeth gave me a few Christmases ago — a bluebird wearing a Santa hat.
Special plea: I’m trying to think of a word to fill in the blank: “The Four _____ Tendencies.” What word could I add, that would help convey the nature of the framework to people who haven’t heard of it? Please send your ideas!
Remember, if you live in the Bay area: Elizabeth and I are doing our first live recording of the podcast! January 21, Brava Theater, we hope to see you. Info and tickets here. We’ll have two outstanding guests, Nir Eyal and Jake Knapp. Plus Elizabeth and I have planned special little treats, and you also get a copy of Better Than Before with your ticket.
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