Ouroboros
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Highway to the Uncomfortable Zone

The first couple of hours checking into our hotel last night were consumed with soothing a frantic Angus. First it was the elevator. He wanted nothing to do with its tightly enclosed space and its automatic doors sealing him up like a trapped insect. We managed to console him enough to get from the first floor to the second. Then …

Perception and the Manster Wheel

“…perception is what drives human behavior. We behave based on how we perceive things—not based on how things really “are.” – Steve Chandler, Time Warrior 1 = 20. Sometimes. As I was running on the treadmill this morning, it struck me that unless the odometer is broken, one mile always feels like twenty. I’m constantly looking down, watching the accumulated …

Busy Being Busy

It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, without getting the hell out of it again. – Kreider, Tim (2012, June 30). The ‘Busy’ Trap. The New York Times. Last night, I spent thirty minutes trying …

The Art of Getting Used To It

“They’ll never wear me down. I have a name for lasting out the worst.” – Odysseus from Homer’s Odyssey As the Fates would have it, I was still not going to be granted a full night of sleep. Maybe they’re trying to tell me to get used to it. Get used to it. Now there’s an interesting thought. How many things …

Know Thyself

A new year arrives on Thursday and I find myself at a crossroads. Now, I don’t mean to trivialize problems far greater than mine that others are facing. For me, life is generally good. I mean, come on…look at that cutie on the left (obviously Angus, not me). But in some seriousness, I’m wondering what is becoming of this ‘writing career’ I’ve …

How to Read a Novel – Part Two of Two

Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth. – Mortimer J. Adler I assume you’ve arrived at Part Two because you found agreement with Part One. Either that or you’re curious how wrong I can get things. …

How Do You Remember?

So I came across this post recently: How to never forget anything ever again. Okay, a little hyperbolic, but hyperbole intrigues. The article is short, so I recommend you go ahead and read it, but here’s the general idea: If you want to remember something for longer then five minutes, space out your repetition of it in expanding intervals. Though the intervals …