One Extreme or The Other

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Welcome to Me. The title is my modus operandi. Pardon the hiatus. The last two weeks have been so stressful. I have weathered the storm. This post is coming from a brand new hard drive. This personal Macbook has nothing of my former self. Nothing from the old one is recoverable, and I don’t give a damn. (re-reading this line made me smile so hard) I had already been in the process of pulling info onto flash drives, distinguished by categories. Everything else is superfluous. Everything from here feels fresh. Clean slate, literally and metaphorically. February 8th is the Chinese New Year. It feels like a better, real new year to me, because the western astrological new year of January … Read More

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My Writing History, and Our History Repeating

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If you haven’t surmised by this point, I don’t really do long form writing. Sometimes. When it is necessary. For some reason, I’ve never enjoyed reading short stories either; ironic considering how I will cozy up to an anthology of a book in a second, or a great journalism piece. I noticed this when I was a subscriber to The New Yorker for 10+ years. I would always skip over the short stories. Only if I were in a dire emergency for something to read, would I flip back through. (when cell phones were really just for calling and not for reading blogs subscribed to. still, never leave home without reading material!) Intellectually, I am aware of my predilection for … Read More

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On the Docket

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Not even halfway through January, thought i’d sound-in on the personal updates before I loose myself down other rabbit hole blogging topics. What I’m Reading Most of my reading comes by referral. I commented on social media recently how my reads would be on the lighter side this year. This in no way implies just fiction or casual investment of time. I just mean I’m not spending a significant amount of time on one history or biography of 300+ pages, taking up nearly 2 months! In this stack there is culture, history, practical applicable information, spiritualism ‘without the woo-woo’ –Tim Ferris, AND a Murakami. ‘I can’t believe I havent read this one!’ Murakami. Coming from a librarian nerd, don’t you … Read More

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Keeping Your Cool

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The Stoics really did know best/better. I wanted to share a bit more Stoicism from a very approachable post. I summarized from this post for you: my thoughts in italics What’s the worst that could happen? Usually it never does Act ‘As If’. Yes, smiling will make you feel happier. Make it a Treat. Going without will improve your willpower and make you appreciate more. I personally practice this everyday by not snacking between meals, or even intermittent fasting too. I like to be hungry when I eat. All food taste better then anyway. Forgive yourself. We are human. It’s not about perfection; it’s about improvement. If you set a resolution, you won’t hit it out of the ballpark every.single.day. … Read More

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A New Year Experiment

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I can give or take resolutions. People generally change when they need to, not when they necessarily just want to. The want and the need must be aligned. Frankly, we evolve into something else as time goes by. ‘When the timing is right’ is such a lovely cliché, because it is true. Without adding to your year-end listicles of ‘Best Of this’ or ‘Favorite Things that’, I thought I’d showcase many options to pick or experiment with. 21 Self-Improvement Experiments and Where They Are Today Don’t be deterred by the length -it reads fast and it’s cool; they are few sentences synopses. I’ve read David’s blog for a very long time, so Ive read him though most of these and … Read More

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Stoics and Stoicism

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When I came across this picture of myself yesterday, I thought ‘this is one thing I do really well’. (since I somewhat berated myself in the previous post) Stoic : a person who accepts what happens without complaining or showing emotion.   Stoicism : a systematic philosophy, dating from around 300 b.c., that held the principles of logical thought to reflect a cosmic reason instantiated in nature. conduct conforming to the precepts of the Stoics, as repression of emotion and indifference to pleasure or pain. List of Famous Stoics : One of the most famous is inarguably Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD), Roman Emperor from 161-180 Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is essentially the journal of thoughts by an army gneral, not … Read More

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Self Awareness

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Revised: Title Changed & an article added at the end. There is the colloquialism, perception: Everyone you meet is fighting their own battle. No truer truth exist. Clichés exist because they are true. How deep or superficial your battle is, (this is subjective) the end of the year holds its own cloud (negatively) or billows up a parachute you collect the year under (positively) for consideration. Ends are conclusions. Periods seem final. Another year wrapping up is another year getting older, literally. Regardless, it is a linear concept. What is a resolution? Why does it have a collective behavior or belief around it? Bullshit My new behavior is questioning everything. General human behavior and Personal behavior. Why am I thinking … Read More

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Kitchen Basics, Life Basics

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I am standing in my kitchen, leaned against the counter eating a hearty, seasonal winter soup. I see your kitchen light on from across the way. I know you work in the food industry, whether making, serving, or cleaning -it does not matter. We are all susceptible to any environment we are in, literally or subliminally. I wonder what you are making as a meal, as you are not and never dictated by time. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are merely frameworks and concepts of linear-living people. Your clock runs counter to the office employee, the more casual everyday kind of behavior. Your later night lifestyle can be seen as counter-intuitive to human nature, but maybe now, you have the capability … Read More

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Questionnaire

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Piggy-backing on the previous post covering social media: I thought I’d answer a questionnaire/quiz once apparently something of MySpace (wiki) behavior. MySpace (current site, wtf) what the hell is that now? I was never on it, knew few on it, thought of it as a music sharing community mainly -but let’s be honest: it was the first internet social scene, predominantly based off a visual avatar, too. We are a shallow folk, aren’t we… Ok so, I follow a very prolific, bad-ass woman, UK blogger. We have loads in common. She writes on a few things I especially love, even the tiniest excerpts of her and her mother’s conversations. I shall absolutely do that; it’s actually the next post… BUT … Read More

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Social Media verses Self-Evolution

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin November ’15 Review I read this picture with quite a lot of relief, truthfully. Where most people place blame outwardly, I often need reminding it is not necessary nor constructive to internalize everything or beat down myself so much. And the ~so much~ is the root of the problem: Today’s World The link goes to the Lefsetz Letter, a blog by an experienced exec in the music biz., touting ‘first in music analysis’. This one highlights great observations: Scarcity is History or More Information, Greater Ignorance.  He was recommended by Seth Godin, an internet entrepreneur-genius I admire. Bob Lefsetz writes in a one-stream-of-thought style and yes, mainly about the music business, but the post are … Read More

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