So over my lunch hour I was chatting with Mom. As I've mentioned in the past, Mom and I talk like 3-4 times a day...and it's important that I clarify...it's not like she's calling me all those times. Usually, I call her. Sometimes we have actual, substantive things to discuss. But oftentimes, there is no "Hello" or "How are you"...instead it's a lot of "I just heard this thing on NPR" or "I just emailed you an article." We do this a lot to one another. It's pretty awesome.
Aspen Ideas Festival.
God, I love that woman. Always looking out for me.
This festival is sponsored by the Aspen Institute, which bills itself as "the nation's premier gathering place for
leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in
deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that both shape
our lives and challenge our times." Indeed! Currently, they are in the midst of their "week-long summer university for the mind."
If I had an unlimited professional development account--speaking of which, do I even have a professional development account?!--I would be on a plane to Colorado and bulldozing my way into this conference! WOW. I wonder if I can figure out a way to get work to pay for me to go to this in the future? You know, if we're ever allowed to travel/better ourselves professionally again. But whatever...
Anyway - if you need a spark of creativity...if you need some brain-bending, soul-searching inspiration, make your way to the website (since I'm guessing you won't be able to jet off to Colorado either). So much great stuff here! If you find anything particularly moving, I hope you'll share it with the rest of us...and tell us why you love it!
PS - I'm listening to this one right now, and it's wonderful (I think it's from last year):
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