Daniel: What's interesting is that there are differences in men and women in their chronotypes. Men are more likely to be owls more than women. Even over the course of a lifetime, little kids are very strong larks, as most of your parents know. They get up early in the morning and start running around like insane nutjobs. Then around the mid-teens there's a massive move toward lateness. Again, it’s biological.
Zibby: I wanted to discuss Love Poems for Married People first for many reasons. One, because it’s so ridiculously hilarious and I loved it. Two, because Valentine’s Day is around the corner. This is such a perfect giftable item. Everybody should be giving it to their husbands and wives and everything. (Watch video here.)
Gary John Bishop: I've coached many, many, many thousands of people. It’s always shocking to them when you reveal somethin’ that they’ve concluded. Then they actually get a chance to get a real broad view of how they’ve lived their life with that. For many people it’s stuff like, “I'm not smart enough. I'm not loved. I'm never going to make it. I don't belong. I don't fit in.” Whatever your personal brand of it is, you're actually out to prove it every day.
Lindsey: I always think of that Gail Godwin quote, “The more you focus on the singular and the strange, the more you access the universal and the infinite.” Each essay actually comes at the question of -- we were like, “Write about being forty.” It’s a pretty broad prompt. I do think that some themes emerge.
Rowan: Poetry and tennis mix in all types of unexpected ways. I was minding my own business once. My dad called me. He was like, “Turn on the TV. Turn on Wimbledon.” I was like, “Matches aren’t going on.” He was like, “Turn it on.” Jon Wertheim was reciting a tennis poem that he'd written about Wimbledon on the air.
In one minute you can do things for your body like settle down your nervous system. It takes three nice, long, deep breaths to begin to settle down your nervous system. In a one-minute meditation you're definitely getting that. You can calm yourself. You can come back to center. You can respond to a situation that feels in a positive way for you. Instead of just reacting and screaming or yelling and feeling terrible afterward, you can take a minute to breathe, to come back to center and move forward in a way that feels good.
Jill: I was always the last picked. You know when they used to go, “You're the two captains,” and you each got to pick, I was always picked last. Maybe that was a good thing in hindsight because I knew that I wasn’t good at it. If it was where the coach did it and made everything equal, I might have actually thought I was good at something that I wasn’t.