Today is my birthday. Here are 25 things I've learned in these 25 years. Spend as much time in nature as possible. In the words of John Muir, "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." Limit wastefulness as much as possible, especially material things. Most of … Continue reading 25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years
First watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq7Eh6JTKIg Second, know that I'm writing this in a vacuum which only contains this video and my vague awareness of the turn of events that sparked this frenzy when I was four years old. Frankly it's amazing that Monica Lewinsky went through what she went through and came out the other … Continue reading Response to John Oliver Interview with Monica Lewinsky
I consume ideas like sweets. I taste them like treasures And fear that if I lose them, I become less. I consume ideas like I've never heard of novelty Like I'll never hear of it again. I consume ideas to form myself To stretch myself To make me e x p a n d I … Continue reading I consume ideas
Write about a time you forgot something. Write about the moment you thought it was the end. Write about grief. Write about disappointment. Write about the time you couldn’t remember someone’s name. Write about the person whose name you immediately remembered. Write about when you couldn’t find what you were looking for. Write about the … Continue reading Things to write about
Warlight By Michael Ondaatje 285 pages, Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 We order our lives with barely held stories. Warlight, the seventh novel from Michael Ondaatje, is really composed of two stories. The first is two children learning to live without their parents, who seemingly abandoned them, and the second, told decades later, is the son’s journey … Continue reading Lessons of Love and Secrecy
I got the idea for monthly favorites from YouTube "influencers". They post their favorite things at the end of each month, which are typically products like makeup, workout gear, snacks, tech, and clothing. Their monthly favorites are usually things. While my monthly favorites sometimes include products I enjoy, I make a conscious effort to include … Continue reading Why do you post your monthly favorites?
I don't do this blog for attention. I don't do it to "create content". I don't do it for likes, I don't do it for views, I don't do it for followers. My doing of this blog, my writing, is not necessarily going to solve anything. It's not driven by logic. No creative pursuit is … Continue reading Why do you do this blog?
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben 251 pages, Greystone Books Ltd., Vancouver/Berkeley 2016 Originally published in Germany in 2015 as Das geheime Leben der Bäume A conversation in the 2009 film Avatar distills a central theme about two conflicting relationships towards nature. In the … Continue reading The Secret Life of Trees
Pottery. I took my first pottery class in January and fell in love!! Here is my first achievement—a geometrically-painted cup! I have happily continued classes and been mesmerized by potters on YouTube. This old interview between Elizabeth Gilbert and Marie Forleo. This old interview between Cheryl Strayed and Marie Forleo. The New York Times Op-Doc … Continue reading February 2019 Favorites
A Response to the (Opinion) Article: “How We Destroy Lives Today” by David Brooks, The New York Times David Brooks is right: political polarization is no longer about the issues. It’s about rushing to judgments “powered by crude prejudice and social stereotyping” and expounding on those judgments with a megaphone on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. … Continue reading More Than a Moment