Archive for the 'Zen' Category

I AM SO FECKIN’ GUILTY OF FEELING GUILTY…

July 31st, 2015

That I began writing this post more than a month ago is telling. I know that I will feel much better when I have finished writing this—just as I feel better after I have mowed the lawn—but yet I have allowed this to worry me like a splinter embedded in a finger. Procrastination is an […]

LIFE IS A HELL OF A LOT EASIER SEEING GREEN…

July 24th, 2015

My first Fortress of Solitude, my first man cave, was in the basement of the house where I spent my teenage years. My best friend Don Ritenour and I worked the transformation in a few days over the summer of 1972, transforming what had been a basement playroom into a bedroom sanctuary that I didn’t […]

YOUR MOURNED AND MISPLACED CREATIVITY IS…?

July 23rd, 2015

I firmly believe that getting a four-year (or six-year) education in Journalism or Writing is time and effort better spent elsewhere. If my graduate self could have had a beer or two with my new freshman self the single piece of advice I would have imparted was that a good editor can teach you all […]

WHEN THE ALTERNATIVE IS MORE TELEVISION…?

July 23rd, 2015

Gav writes: James Rhodes is a British concert pianist. Largely self-taught, Rhodes has released five best-selling albums and is known for his refreshing performances that ignore the usual formality and tradition of classical music. Rhodes never performs in a suit, holds his concerts in non-traditional venues and entertains the crowd with stories about famous composers […]

SCOTT ADAMS ON THE MANUFACTURING OF LUCK…

July 12th, 2015

I was horrible at sports when I was young. I played three years of summer league baseball as a left and center fielder where my main skill was to get under fly balls and catch them before they touched the ground. The hard part was getting under the ball. If I did that right, then […]

SCOTT ADAMS ON CONSISTENCY AND TRUTH…

July 11th, 2015

I finished reading Scott Adams’ How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big recently and, as is my system, I put my notes from the book into my Electronic Chapbook. Normally I start at the beginning and proceed in due course to the end. I’m not doing that this time. Instead I’ve jumped […]

I AM SO FECKIN’ GUILTY OF THIS…

July 9th, 2015

I have blogged sporadically, at best, since the beginning of summer and generally have allowed too many tasks to plummet down my procrastination rabbit hole. Central among those tasks has been the daily creation of my Action list: a ranking of vital tasks. Oliver Burkeman nails the sodding annoying aspect of all of this in […]

OLIVER BURKEMAN DESCRIBES MY ANTI-LIBRARY…

July 8th, 2015

While I’m certain that my humble library pales before the grandeur of Umberto Eco’s collection, I too have been the interrogated as to how many of my volumes have I actually read. Oliver Burkeman, writing in What unread books can teach us provides, via Eco’s How To Justify A Private Library, a very neat solution […]

WE ARE WHO AND WHAT WE PUT INTO OUR LIVES…

July 6th, 2015

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DON’T GET OFF THE BUS TOO EARLY…

June 2nd, 2015

Tom Wolfe famously nailed the essence of the ’60s in The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test (page 83) when in 1968 he quoted Ken Keasey’s dictum: There are going to be times when we can’t wait for somebody. Now, you’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get […]

IRISH EYES ARE SMILIN’…

June 1st, 2015

SMARTER NOT HARDER DOES NOT EQUAL BETTER…

May 26th, 2015

There are two reasons to work smarter, not harder: you either want more time for leisure (or at least to do non-work related tasks) or you want time to do more work. The former is obvious. The latter, however, depends upon who you’re doing the work for: yourself or someone else. What stagnant wages since […]

BEST MONKEY-MIND ANALOGY EVER

May 20th, 2015

Over the years, in addition to practicing meditation, I have taught a number of courses on meditation. My starting point has always been a discussion of monkey mind, that incessant cacophony of thoughts that fill our heads when we are not intensely focused on what we are doing in the moment. I have used analogies […]

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH ASSHOLES…?

May 15th, 2015

I long ago figured out that, unless real harm is in the offing, attempting to counter, or at least correct, the behavior of an asshole is simply not worth the time. Oliver Burkeman (writing in Don’t let an asshole get to you for The Guardian) attempts to touch the essence of assholiness when he writes: […]

GROWN UP ISN’T A A DEATH SENTENCE…

May 14th, 2015

I spent my 20s having an adventure—seeing the world via the Navy while engaging in a vast array of hedonistic activities, partying for four years (and graduating with a 3.79 GPA) at Ohio University and generally making my life all about me. At 29 I decided the time had come to grow up, settle down […]

WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE

May 13th, 2015

Who, and what, we are is not static. We are in this moment, but we were not a moment ago and we will still be a moment from now. The constant changes are subtle, there are no magic switches we may throw; enlightenment is in that moment: before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water, after enlightenment, […]

THRIVING ON, AND RELISHING, CHAOS…

May 4th, 2015

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ROUTINE: THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST SQUIRREL…!

March 28th, 2015

The process began for me 20 years ago when I rearranged my closet and drawers so that I added clean clothes to the left and removed clothes to wear from the right. The idea was that I never had to think for a second: what am I going to wear today? I’ve since added various […]

WHINE, WHINE, WHINE, WHINE, WHINE, WHINE…

March 7th, 2015

I’m a helpful kind of guy and I like to say that I have an answer for any question—my response may be less than helpful such as I have no idea or a simple no—but I do have an answer. Years ago, however, I learned to bite my tongue and wait for someone to request […]

YOU HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO BE HAPPY…

March 2nd, 2015

The blues are not depression. To a person not suffering from either, the difference can be hard to distinguish, and that is part of a problem in matters of brain wellness. This year marks the 20th birthday of a medical paper making this argument, and it’s worth dusting off, not least as an antidote to […]

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