I can’t part with the Winter 2013 issues of Lapham’s Quarterly.
I bought it in New York and after a recommendation from a stranger. My wife and I had dinner plans but we were early. We found a dive bar and it was happy hour. We sat at the bar and ordered a drink. I plopped Teju Cole’s Open City down and took a sip of my drink.
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“Whoever draws the best picture wins”
That’s the message Dan Roam delivers in Draw To Win.
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Marie Kondo is stalking me.
I keep bumping into the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up online and in real life.
Continue reading “Does it spark joy?”
Every one loves a great origin story.
I collect some of mine in a playlist called “Before it was sampled.”
The premise is many of the popular samples in your favourite hip-hop song have a history.
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Today my wife and I learned our second child is a boy.
At the end of the anatomy ultrasound, they zoomed in on the legs and said there was a little thing sticking out.
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America was in crisis.
It was July 1979 and a national energy crisis roiled the United States. President Jimmy Carter got on TV and spoke to the people. I wasn’t alive to hear the “A Crisis Of Confidence” speech. But when I read about it in my twenties or thirties, it stuck with me.
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It took me 12 months to publish 26 posts last year.
Today is Jan. 30. This is my 29th post in 2019.
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The letters WFH agitate people managers.
They tense up when those letters appear together in an early-morning email. Many managers don’t trust that their employees are working. Instead of seeing working hard, they conjure up images of staff hardly working.
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I loved reading Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid.
You arrive in a world that’s familiar and foreign. Every couple of pages, you’d encounter a fork in the road. You decided the direction not the outcome. Some directions led to death. Others led to heroic feats. But it was your choice.
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I must find the time to organize my week.
My three-month goals are set. I drafted a personal mission statement. I’m building routines. But I keep forgetting to plan out my week and it’s a missed opportunity.
I’ve got notes, receipts and to-dos to process. They mount with every week that passes.
I want to be more productive. I want to get more stuff done well so I can enjoy my free time.
This week, I will
find make the time.