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Zen Mind, John Mayer Mind

I was doing an online yoga class the other day and a Tool song came on. I happen to like Tool, and thought that the slow, metallic sludge was a welcome change of pace to the typical deep house songs that Peloton uses for its yoga classes. The instructor took a moment to recognize the…

Have you no shame?!?

I often think about the purpose of writing. Why journal? Why blog? As far as I can tell, very few people read this. Why do it? Well, there are a number of reasons. One is shame. In Elizabeth Lesser’s book, Broken Open, she explains that we are all ‘Bozos on the Bus’. We all have…

Who are you calling a weirdo?!?

I’m in the midst of my 11th week practicing meditation every morning. I have been doing 30 minutes everyday, and it seems to be helping regulate my emotions through an otherwise turbulent time. There is something about it, however, that I find unseemly. I sort of keep it secret early in the morning before anyone…

What would Dave think?

A few weeks ago I finished the book ‘4,000 Weeks’ by Oliver Burkeman. It is an exceptional book, and has left me with a laundry list of wise nuggets to contemplate. I feel like I journal on at least two of them a day! One of them is, “what would Dave think?” Dave is an…

My Sisyphean Mountaintop

I had a job interview the other day, and although it felt like it went well, I am sort of benumbed by the job seeking process. You see, I’ve been a stay-at-home father since the summer of 2019, and have been keeping my feelers out for work for most of that time. I need to…

Ode to the excellent, average student!

My daughter got her 2nd grade report card the other week and it was remarkable. I was very pleased. Now, it was not filled with excellent grades. In fact, at first blush, all of her grades were pretty ordinary. She had a P for average progression in most of the subjects. That meant that she…

Wherein I prove the existence of Santa Claus

In Michael Pollan’s book on psychedelics, How to Change Your Mind, he makes an observation that has stuck with me. He said that if we somehow created a technology that allowed us to see the world through someone else’s perspective, we would likely feel like we were having a psychedelic experience. That is how different…

The Benefits of Poisoning Your Dog

These last few weeks I’ve been practicing a Wim Hof breathing exercise every day. In it, I breath 30 times, exhale completely, and hold my exhaled state for a minute and a half. As I sit there, I close my eyes and imagine myself in a peaceful place. During the first few days of practice,…

Planning with Eisenhower

Don’t you hate it when a quote stays with you, but you forget where you got it from? Well, here is such a quote (my apologies to the author): you are going to grow, you may as well do so with purpose. As I go out into the world and engage in my daily activities,…

Appreciating My View From the Hospital Window

In the summer of 2018 my son crashed into this world to the memorable tune of a code blue alarm and a team of doctors trying to resuscitate him. My wife and I spent the next 5 days near his bed, simply praying for his survival, and the next 5 weeks praying for his recovery…

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