• Calm

    Issue № 88

    Calm

    Calm technology. Slow thought. Peace. We need a philosophy of Slow Thought to ease thinking into a more playful and porous dialogue about what it means to live. ~ Vincenzo Di Nicola from, https://aeon.co/essays/take-your-time-the-seven-pillars-of-a-slow-thought-manifesto We can each do some things, and not everything. Choose wisely. Journaling I find that whatever hindrances occur I write just about…

  • Discipline

    Issue № 87

    Discipline

    I’ve recently started reading a book about the importance of having exactly one thing upon which to focus. As with priority, becoming priorities, focusing on exactly one thing soon becomes two, and then three. Suddenly, it’s 23 things. And since the first 90% of any thing is vastly easier than the second 90%, in short order I’m busy, overwhelmed, sprinting…

  • Spatial

    Issue № 86

    Spatial

    Without over-explaining how the soup gets made, I’ll just mention that this, and the third, things for you to savor this week are exceptionally nerdy this week. I’m not sure whether I’m more excited by the contents of this essay (which to be fair, I only skimmed) or the fact that it’s from like 1992.…

  • Hard work

    Issue № 85

    Hard work

    Work ethic. The value in labor is not that it’s hard. The combination of our minds and our might, our values and our ideals, is what raises labor from simply effort expended, to purposes transcendent. What people don’t realize is that if you’re buried in your email inbox instead of doing your most important work, you…

  • Resistance

    Issue № 84

    Resistance

    Opinions are strongly divided about Pressfield’s concept of Resistance. And yes, some days I do find myself over in the Resistance-is-bullshit encampment thinking: No, Resistance is not real. It is important and meaningful for me to be spending my time rearranging these deck chairs, polishing this silverware, sorting these shelved books, getting the edge of…

  • Nobody

    Issue № 83

    Nobody

    I’m a brooder. Ruminating on one’s problems can be good, if one is actually trying to understand the situation and is seeking solutions. But brooding, that’s just ruminating without the potential for change. Brooding is simply going around and around on the same old thoughts. Nobody else needs to endure my negative thoughts. ~ Nate…

  • What systems are in place?

    Issue № 82

    What systems are in place?

    Finish this sentence: I am the sort of person who… Here’s a different way to look at it, one that we can broaden into an insight about adult decisions about where to work, where to live, who to hang out with. There are two parts: Are the people this place attracts the sort of people…

  • Just say no

    Issue № 81

    Just say no

    I like to think that there’s nothing new on my blog. (That’s not a typo.) Rather, this is all just me working with the garage door up. I enjoyed this article from Holiday and it’s wonderful advice, which I need to hear much much more often. Say no. Own it. Be polite when you can,…

  • Hidden gems

    Issue № 80

    Hidden gems

    Suppose you wanted to be surprised and delighted (and possibly intrigued and befuddled) in some field. You could start with the Top 10. Today, I’m talking about movies, so find some list of the 10 Greatest Films. This sort of listing is ubiquitous: 10 Greatest Dramas, 100 Films preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress,…

  • I accept

    Issue № 79

    I accept

    I have had the privilege of standing—not in the exact cedars and mountains you’ll discover below—but nonetheless in cedars, in mountains, in northern Japan. It wasn’t a pilgrimage. But it sort of was. It was a long train ride. A very long walk. A very nearly exhausting long ascent. No guide. Just a curiosity. Just…