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Day 18: Everyone Dies; or, Why Not Tr...

Day 18: Everyone Dies; or, Why Not Try?

I have two songs in my main iTunes playlist that feature a singer I used to know. Used to, that is, because he died, very suddenly and far too young, a couple of years ago. I keep the songs in there because every time they come up I am reminded: everyone dies. This isn’t intended […]

Day 17: Habit vs. Routine

Day 17: Habit vs. Routine

I’m on Day 17 of this posting a blog post every day, but the habit is definitely not ingrained yet. At the end of each day (such as now, as I wait for more trick-or-treaters to ring the doorbell), a moment comes where I realize I haven’t written anything yet. I did get writing done […]

Day 16: Listening

Day 16: Listening

One of the easiest ways to be viewed as a tremendous conversationalist is to listen and ask questions. Listen with an open mind. Let questions arise from the conversation. Be curious. Don’t listen with the aim to find how the other person’s situation fits into the narrative you want to talk about so you can […]

Day 15: Let’s Talk About Love

Day 15: Let’s Talk About Love

Yesterday I started reading Kristi Ling’s book Operation Happiness (which I love already). Just now, I got to a line that stopped me for a moment: Love is the single most powerful force in the universe. True enough, I thought. It wasn’t that statement itself that stopped me. What stopped me was this: We talk all the […]

Day 14: The Benefit of the Doubt

Day 14: The Benefit of the Doubt

When we mess up, it’s easy to want others to be a little forgiving of us. To give us the benefit of the doubt. To understand that we’re only human and we’re doing the best we can. But when someone else messes up at our expense, it’s easy to forget all that. It’s easy to […]

Day 13: Perspective

Day 13: Perspective

It seems, sometimes, that life is unbearably, irrevocably difficult. Or that everything is falling apart with no hope of falling together again. Or that the mistake you made is unforgivable and enormous. Or the person you wronged will never let you make it right. Or that the weight of the world will pivot on a challenging […]

Day 12: When Hard Work Pays Off

Day 12: When Hard Work Pays Off

In June 2009, without really realizing what I was doing, I joined the ranks of independent artists. In the years since then I’ve had the joy, honor, and delight to meet dozens of independent artists in all genres: writers, visual artists, jewelers, musicians, film producers, and more. I was talking last night with a friend who […]

Day 11: Western Australia (a message ...

Day 11: Western Australia (a message to the universe)

When I was young, before wanting to go to Australia was hip, I wanted to go to Australia. I wanted it for what felt like forever but of course I had no money and it was a long way away, and I was young. I remember very well a conversation I had in high school with […]

Day 10: A House With No Books

Day 10: A House With No Books

One time in college, I went to stay the weekend at a friend’s house for the first time. As one does. I expected the house to be normal. As one does. But this house was not normal. There were no books. I don’t even remember any bookshelves. There were no magazines lying out on tables, […]

Day Nine: What if Laughter is the Can...

Day Nine: What if Laughter is the Canary in the Coal Mine?

This morning I’ve been listening to Radiolab’s fascinating Season Four opening podcast, Laughter, from February 2008. About a quarter of the way through the episode, a point is made: “The most important thing to remember about laughter is that it’s social.” — Dr. Robert Provine, Neuroscientist. “Wait,” you’re thinking. “I laugh all the time when […]

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