The THINKER THURSDAYS ‘Zine: The Analog Morning Fireplace Edition

A quick catalyst to orient your week a bit more on reading, connecting, and reflecting (Feb. 4'21)

Here’s the latest edition of my weekly ‘zine, THINKER THURSDAYS, a short newsletter exploring one topic from three angles: 3 topical articles, 2 TED talks, and 1 original reflection piece.

Something to think about…

Embracing a slower, analog pace in the morning helps me create margin. Television off. Radio off. Screens down. Of late, the cabin fireplace has been central to that ritual. It got me wondering what other margin-making practices can become part of my morning (and otherwise) norm.

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(i) HuffPost Science | The evolutionary reason why we love sitting by a crackling fire.

(ii) No Sidebar | It’s OK to be happy with a quiet life (or a quiet morning).

(iii) Bustle | Scientists explain 5 reasons why unplugging is really that good for you.


(i) TED 2017 | Psychologist Adam Alter explores why our screens make us less happy and what we can do to change that, without going cold turkey.

(ii) TEDGlobal 2013 | TEDster Abha Dawesar asks if our lives have become too “digital now” fixated while we miss out on what’s real?


(i) Fireplace mornings and margin.

Thinking with you…!


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What is the story behind this ‘zine?

A bit ago, I decided to email some friends each Thursday morning with a note encouraging deeper weekly thinking in the form of reading, connecting, and reflecting. It caught on quickly and now around the world people receive THINKER THURSDAYS. They share it with their companies, families, and friends each week. Amazing! “Something to think about…”



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Devin D. Marks

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