Welcome to Castles in the Sky.

This is a place for the curious to explore what life can be when we embrace authenticity, open-mindedness, and the power of storytelling. I'm Charlie Becker - a father, writer, bookseller, and professor in Houston, Texas. 

What To Expect

This is part journal, part creative studio. All subscribers receive: 

I also share "behind-the-scenes" thoughts and works-in-progress in the Workshop section (but you must opt-in by subscribing here (toggle the button next to Workshop) or send me an email to get added).

The Core Philosophy

For me, authenticity means rigorous introspection and resisting self-deception. Open-mindedness is an active search for truth, embracing life's idiosyncrasies. And storytelling fosters empathy, connection, and personal growth through narrative.

Rather than philosophizing about this, I mostly show how I see these ideas play out in practice through stories from my own life and anecdotes from things I read and observe.

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Introspection, Inspiration, and Idiosyncrasy from Charlie Becker


Writer, teacher, professor, Dad.