Deep thoughts from the Extraordinaries

Our authors wax philosophical about art and life...
Barbara Taylor Sissel reflects on her Cinderella story:
Some have voiced concern that as the result of the electronic revolution, printed books will be lost to the world. Maybe, although I can’t imagine it and don’t ever want to see that happen. In any case, the art of story will never be lost. It’s woven into our DNA, threaded into the very nature of life. The universe itself tells a story.
Joanna Weiss asks some hard questions about at-risk kids:
This might sound like letting social services off the hook, and we shouldn’t, for the sake of the victims or future kids. But it’s also worth remembering that the cases that generate national headlines - this man in Washington, this woman in Texas - are horrifying, but statistically rare. A department like DCF oversees tens of thousands of kids every year. When things go wrong, there isn’t always somebody to blame.
Neal Pollack's inner hippie/hipster struggle in Yoga Journal:
Since I started practicing yoga eight years ago, irony and sincerity have done constant battle in my mind, a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. One moment, I’m all about citta vritti nirodaha and saying “om” in unison five times with a bunch of hippies. The next, I’m writing snarky tweets about Top Chef. I love my yogic self, or at least my yogic conception of myself, but I also don’t want to leave my pre-yoga personality behind.