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If you’ve not enjoyed the magical site that is ZenPencils, you’re really missing out on some delightful illustrations of some of the most profound statements and concepts of our or any time. Most recently he did one from Kahlil Gibran’s chapter on work: “Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, […]

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This Is My Life

Let me tell you about my day: I woke up around 5am, the consequence of having drifted off to sleep early and relaxed last night. I lay in my warm bed in the dark snuggled up to my partner until the alarms went off at 5:15 and 5:20 (she likes a 5-minute “snooze” time). I […]

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My over-arching personal-development theme for 2015 is “Mastery of Time.” It comes from a few inspirations, most particularly the definition of luxury promoted by Tim Ferriss: Luxury is feeling unrushed. It is designing a life that allows you to do what you want with high leverage, with many options, all while feeling unrushed. Now, I don’t […]

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My Five-Minute Journal Experience

I mentioned in the last post that I was trying out the “5 Minute Journal” technique for five days (which is kind of their “challenge” for skeptics). I am definitely one of those skeptics, due to the overwhelming amount of optimism that falls into their formula. I will outline it briefly here: Every morning, first […]

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the secret to a meaningful life

The last few days have been spent traveling some of the bleak roads of the midwest in midwinter on our way to the funeral of my partner’s grandmother. Like most family gatherings of this kind, it was a kind of miasma of joy and regret and eye-rolling and hugs. Also like many midwestern families, my […]

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check your positivity ratio

How’s Your Day? Quick, off the top of your head: has it been a mostly positive day? Or a mostly negative one? If you’re like me, you may be surprised at the results. I was thinking I was having a pretty good day – finished off a project for a client, got to see both […]

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Happy Holidaze! …or not. For many people, your erstwhile author included, the combination of winter cold and the societal expectations of the holiday season can be pretty depressing, or stressful, or both. “BE MERRY!” come the messages of the media and the world, combining with the usual endless litany of manufactured crises to support the […]

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The Narrative Recipe Recently I read an excellent article about the author Ursula K. Leguin. She spoke of “five principal elements,” which must “work in one insoluble unitary movement” in order to produce great writing. Quote: The patterns of the language — the sounds of words. The patterns of syntax and grammar; the way the […]

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Gruen Pains It was back in the mid 90’s when I first noticed it. After a lot of years of relative poverty and the busy-ness of both co- and single-parenting, I decided to take them on one of the favorite activities of my youth: We were all going to the mall. I remember fondly going […]

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Know-Where Man Location is a funny thing these days. Many of our devices are location-aware, so I can tell my phone “Remind me to take in the car seat when I get home” and it will actually wait until I’m near my apartment to let me know! My volunteer login code for the VA Hospital […]

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