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HomeWork – everything, all together

At the risk of revealing that I am old enough to significantly predate the internet, does anyone else remember those – “you got chocolate in my peanut butter!” – Reese’s commercials? That is what has been cycling through my head for the past few days when I think about folks who are trying to navigate […]

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Writers, Write

I’ve got a room that I imagine in my head: My Council of Village Elders. These are the people I think about when I think about almost anything. They have informed my worldview. They have taught me most of what I know that matters. Austin Kleon is making a strong case for membership over the past […]

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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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The Danger in Rebooting

Power off. Power back on. The reboot can be scary thing. Did my data get lost? Will that program still work? Will I even hear that annoying start up sound? When I reboot my computer all I want is to find things just the way I left them. I don’t need better. I don’t want different. […]

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Jeff Taught Me: Love Courageously

I want to close out this week with the greatest lessons Jeff taught me. Love Courageously Like a lot of guys, I often trip and stumble over that phrase with anyone outside of my wife, my kids, and my Mom. And I let my awkwardness win more times than I ought, opting instead for the […]