Self-knowledge is moot if it is not practicable.
What I’m Using to Help My Skin Survive Summer Heat, Mask-Irritation and Never-Ending Stress
Here's a brief dispatch on things I'm doing to keep well while the world burns. TW: Very annoying privilege, and a lot of product placement.
A Note On Worthiness – My Truth
In bell hooks All About Love, the widely celebrated feminist author offers a profound meditation on the true nature of love across a variety of contexts. Doing away with easy platitudes or throwaway advice, the author endeavors to—through the study of some of the world’s greatest philosophical and clinical minds as well as through personal …
“Nature Has Fixed No Limits On Our Hope”
Life moves in cycles. Sometimes things are warm and pleasant and lively, and you can't wait to be in the throes of springtime joy. Other times, the cold comes, and you'd rather hide out in the dark and gather your strength until you're ready to walk in the light again. Sometimes, you bloom. Other times, you take a break and stay out of the fray until you're really ready.
Hear Me Out: Let’s Talk About Love Without Attachment
For a long time I have been thinking about the concept of "love without attachment", and though I do not misunderstand this thinking to mean "lightness" or "avoidance", I still think that the concept deserves some re-examination. I understand it when people say, "How you feel, how I feel, that isn't our responsibility to one …
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Learning to Set Things Free
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been teaching my global literature students the work of Yiyun Li. In particular, we've been reading her collection of short stories, Gold Boy, Emerald Girl—as well as from her various pieces in The New Yorker. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl is a challenging read for my students because much of the content is bleak in a …
Most Days, Being Everything Feels Like The Only Option (Or: Hunger is Productive and a Guy’s Got To Eat)
Tomorrow morning, I'll wake up no later than 4:00 AM to start my day. I'll call out to one of the artificial intelligences now living in my home to brief me on world events, the hallucinogenic nightmare that is our current governmental situation, business and technology developments, and , maybe a tidbit or two from the …
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What I Will Not Do Anymore
I am a remarkable human being, but I am no longer interested in allowing that to be the barometer by which I measure my sense of self-worth or joy. The idea that we must be these perfectly efficient, dynamic, palatable beings at all times is a scam and I won’t be putting my cognitive energy into this psychic racketeering job anymore.
These Resolutions Might Be Televised: 10 Themes for 2019 (Part 2)
Hi folks, and happy new year! I hope that your New Year's Eve celebrations were memorable and festive and that your New Year's Day was one spent relaxing, realigning, and preparing yourself for another 52 weeks of discovery, adventure, connection, joy, and triumph. As promised (albeit somewhat late—let's blame that on the festive New Year's …
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These Resolutions Might Be Televised: 10 Themes for 2019 (Part 1)
I've got a lot of things on my mind as I head in to 2019. Allow me to share what I'm planning for the next year. Hopefully you'll find something useful for yourself in it. Happy New Year!