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My heart is breaking, it must be late October

Late October in New England is really the sweet spot for why people live here. Fall colors are on display, the air is crisp, but not frigid. Our menu shifts from light summer fare to heartier comfort food like soups, stews, and chilis. You can go apple picking or get fresh apple cider. It’s stunning, […]

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Waiting is Hard

I’ve had a paralyzed vocal chord for 69 days. I had surgery to remove a potato sized mass in my chest that was compressing my windpipe and threatening to close off my airway eventually. It was an involved surgery — my chest was split open at the sternum. And, apparently, the mass was reluctant to […]

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The siren songs of “perfect” and “ideal”

This morning, I caught myself in a familiar pattern. Dissatisfied with the way a particular system was working ( in this case: the way I make, process, and keep my notes ) and I was considering some familiar alternatives. I don’t want to get bogged down in the minutiae here, so I’ll save you the […]

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Arrogance, Delusions, and Writing

[Please assume that I wrote several blindingly brilliant paragraphs about why I fell off the writing bandwagon. That last one about courageously getting back on was awesome though, huh?] One of my favorite books to recommend and/or give away is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It is a simple little book that tells […]

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Everything May or May Not Be Awesome

I just can’t seem to get away from these words: awe and attention. Ever since last week, I’ve been aware of what I have been giving my attention to, and what opportunities I have to experience awe. On the one hand, we live in amazing times. I regularly refer to a computer in my pocket […]

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Dying Vicariously

I caught myself doing it again. I had just finished watching a video of someone else’s amazing images of someone else’s amazing adventure. I sat back in my chair and sighed, as if I was reminiscing; as if I was remembering the good times I had in Antarctica. Except, I have never been to Antarctica. […]

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Week In Review: May 9, 2015

This week’s realization: I’m kind of a blogging coward. How many draft posts do I have? Guesses? 17.  How many of my own words have I published? Yeah. I still plan on doing these weekly recaps, because a curated internet is a happy internet, but I’m just saying it now. If I don’t click publish […]

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Week in Review – May 3, 2015

Another crazy week with some eye-opening revelations, but that’s a post for another day, like tomorrow. For now, a peek inside what made me think, smile, laugh, and/or shake my head this week. Thought Provoking Article of the Week LINK: The Death of Awe in the Age of Awesome This article really kicked my butt. […]

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Week in Review – April 26, 2015

Confession of the Week Spring has sprung in New England which meant 70 degree weather and snow squalls with hail this week. (No joke. Different days, but not a joke. )  It also means baseball & softball seasons get added to the pile of stuff-I-have-to-drive-a-kid-to and lo and behold, you reach the end of the […]

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Week in Review – April 18, 2015

Most Appreciated Video of the Week Stephen Hawking sings a Monty Python song about interstellar scale. You had me at hello. Most Thought Provoking Essay of the Week    It occurs to me that I’ve achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of […]

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