Rail Trail to Twigs

Most readers of this blog will be shocked to hear that I rode my bicycle 14 miles yesterday. I have owned this bike for ten years, and on yesterday’s one ride I probably doubled it’s total lifetime miles. One of the draws was the Rail Trail, a reclaimed railroad bed turned into a flat, well-maintained […]

TMI: Kundalini

Sanatan Society: Kundalini Yoga: The roused Kundalini energy moves upwards in the central nadi, the Sushumna, passing through each of the lower chakras to reach the seventh, the Sahasrara Chakra. This process is known in Kundalini Yoga as the piercing of the chakras and represents the merging of the female with the male. Kundalaini Teacher: […]

Now In Clogs

On May 10 I cracked a sole on my Birkenstock Chicago shoes. No biggie, they were six years old, and it was my second pair. The first pair failed the same way at about the same time. Not so bad: Spend $200 on shoes and wear them almost every day and they last six years. […]

Getting Things Organized

A great Flickr tour of an office organization system based on Getting Things Done. Really advanced implementation. See also: Martin Ternouth’s highly-regarded workflow system.

Is Fear Always a Negative?

Kat asked, in a comment, “Is fear always a negative thing?” I briefly reflected, and here’s where I am now: I think of fear as a continuum between “an alert edge” and “paralyzed with fear.” What we generalize as “fear” starts at alertness, because at that point you can no longer be fully “open”—you are […]

Bats in the Belfry

On June 18, 2002, I awoke from a dream and wrote this: Recently, a problem has surfaced where huge numbers of bats suddenly infest a house, church or other public place. Sometimes the bats can reproduce so quickly that they overtake the people present, driving them out. Oddly, it doesn’t seem to happen at coffee […]

Is Psychoanalysis Elitist?

Was digging around the unblogged writing archives, and found this half-formed thought from July 22, 2003. A comment has been raised that psychoanalysis is the most narcissistic and elitist of pursuits. I’m beginning to wonder if “elitist” is like “affirmative action” – defined on the fly to suit and argument or perspective. Sure, rich people […]

Where the winds hit heavy

Fred Wilson posts an mp3 of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash singing Girl of the North Country. Stunning. Well, if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair, Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline, Remember me to one who lives there. She once was a true love of mine.

Grids and Graphs

Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs Amazing collection of graph and grid paper downloads. Each is generated on the fly from your parameters: Doc size, border, grid size, grid color, etc. Way highly useful.

Attics of My Life

Well, after that last bout of capitalism, I’ve been relatively introspective, and also relatively productive. In the attics of my life Full of cloudy dreams unreal Full of tastes no tongue can know And lights no eye can see Playing guitar. Writing emails. Reflecting. Working this weekend so I can have fun next weekend. Knocking […]

That’s Odd

Sticker found on bananas: “Eat five a day for good health.” Five bananas a day?? Wow. How do you know it’s early August? You receive the Eddie Bauer Holiday Preview catalog in the mail. That is so, like, in sync! I have been thinking about Christmas gifts and winter clothing recently, haven’t you? The world […]

The Collision of Two Tendencies

Hannah, bless her heart, happened to quote something from The Little Prince that spoke to me, and created an hour of research unrelated to any of my pressing commitments. The dominant idea in the story of The Little Prince is to be found, of course, in chapter XXI, in which the little prince meets, tames, […]

What a Weekend is For

Leaving work early on Friday and stocking in enough food to avoid going back into town. Going for a walk and checking out the waterfall down the road for the first time this year. Champaign aperitifs. Cooking easy suppers. Red wine. Listening to music. Enjoying wonderful company. Waking up early and cooking good breakfasts. Chocolate. […]

Cancer Sucks

Got into town at 7:15 AM, ready for my super-productive day. Energized, upbeat, focused. Saw a friend drinking coffee on a bench on Main Street and stopped to talk. “How are you?,” I asked. “I never know how to answer,” he said. “Yeah, I know, me too,” I said. He asked, “Do you want the […]


At 5:10 AM it’s 79 degrees. Wha? Forecast is for 97 degrees and thunderstorms, read: air as thick and close and humid as you can imagine. Welcome to August. This morning’s wake-up fun was to attempt killing a bee’s nest under a deck chair. They say to do this at night or early morning, “when […]

The Difference a “..” Makes

Unbelievably crazy-busy day. At one point in the morning, Adrian was working on a website redesign, Marty was starting the v4.1 SFTP programming, Anne was catching me up on her sales work and the plan for August, and I’m thinking, “It used to be that I came to this office and it was mine alone […]

The Difference An Hour Makes

The problem with 1:00 PM meetings is that if you spill something while eating lunch there’s no time to recover. If the meeting is at 2:00 you can run to the men’s store and buy new clothes. At 1:00 you just have to live with it. Really puts a lot of pressure on food selection […]

And Good Ones Too

Doug is back from vacation and has commented on many posts. Always appreciated.

Too Cool to Bluff

On today’s errand walk, another sudden lyric occurrence, in isolation, apart from the song, leaving me wondering. She was too pat to open and too cool to bluff If you follow that link, you’ll find I got a lot more than I bargained for. After some preliminaries, there’s a lengthy excerpt from my old haunt […]

Morning Earwigs

Earwigs are disgusting in many ways, but they’re especially disgusting when, on a Sunday morning, up a bit earlier than you might prefer, and slightly hung-over, you find a pack of them nibbling away happily inside the wrapper of your virtually untouched Scharffen Berger chocolate bar. Besides the waste of fine chocolate, the shock and […]