A year to celebrate: Reflections from the seat of depression and anxiety.

It’s easy to look back on a year and see it clouded with the struggles I went through, wondering when I’ll have a year that sums up as good and meaningful. It’s especially easy to see a past year through this lens when that “cloud of struggles” is actually a depressive one that’s followed me…

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Einstein, Bad Quotes, and You

I’m convinced most people don’t know what Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity really means or anything about what he did beyond that. We take for granted that he was really smart and then quote him as a philosophical piece of evidence for our own agendas. I have heard lots of people reference him to justify…

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4 Minutes, 9 Seconds of Joy

It’s been a heavy week on a lot of layers. No need to go into the deets – we’ve all been watching the news and also have our personal lives. I find it pretty easy to slip into a cloud of heaviness and gloom, and the Studio Rio version of “Sexual Healing” has been like…

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On Leadership

Jupiter protects us. The giant, red, gaseous planet’s gravitational pull distracts asteroids swirling around the median of our solar system, looking for a place to land. It calls to them with its massive force “Come to me”. One of those rocks could destroy us. Maybe not all of us, but enough to take down our…

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Happy a8c Anniversary to Me

I’m not much of an anniversary person. In the 5+ years together, E and I have never celebrated when we “became a thing”. In part, that may be because neither of us remember when it happened. “Sometime in December in 2011, I think?”. As time passes, I realize that while dates are arbitrary, they’re worth remembering…

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What if every story was a universe we created?

Hey Diddle Diddle The cat and the fiddle The cow jumped over the moon. The little dough laughed to see such a sight, and the dish ran away with the spoon. I have this story memorized by heart. It’s my son’s favorite 4 page cardboard book. He’s one years old, and he’s been staring at…

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How often are your dreams cluttered with reality?

An Awesome Book is an exhortation to dream big. It imagines watermelon sailboats and rocket-powered unicorns. It warns about some people who don’t dream big. If they do, it’s about things that already exist and are boring like cars. I encourage you to take a moment for creative practice. How often have your dreams lately been…

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Spiderwebs, cognition, and AI

  “The Thoughts of a Spiderweb” appeared in Quanta Magazine and was reprinted in The Atlantic. It presents research on how spiders adjust their behaviors when something adjusts in their webs, like some of the strands being snipped. In an experiment, the spiders began using the dangling web threads to catch insects and pull them up…

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Grief Work

I have heard it said about the Millennial generation that we don’t like the pain of life, and we live jumping from one high to the next. That’s nothing new. Each generation has its own way of distracting from the truth that life is hard. I’m guilty of this distraction. There are “small” things like finding…

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Rockstar Status: Upgrading from Novice to Vegan Yogi

No, I’m not going vegan. I ate fried chicken last night! I also went to a bar on a weeknight for the first time since August 2015. The adventure felt like stepping into a familiar pair of sneakers – perfectly contoured to my footprint, while recognizing they went out of style 5 years ago. My rockstar status…

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