31 Thoughts about Letting Go

I did something over the weekend that feels pretty radical to me. I pulled 31 books off my shelves. It started with three business-related books, one that I had read, two that I had been carrying with me from home to home, imagining I would someday read them. I plumb...

Socks: Where Binaries Need Not Tread

Socks are a common holiday gift in our family. In fact, Theresa’s daughter teased us after she asked each of us for gift ideas for the other and we both, with complete sincerity, suggested socks first and foremost. I really hope she gets us socks. Socks, after all,...

Relearning to Rest: The Honeymoon Edition

In the Pomodoro Method, productivity is spurred by a timer. (The original was apparently a tomato-shaped egg timer, hence the name.) You set the timer for 25 minutes, work work work, then reset the timer for five minutes and rest rest rest. Take a bio-break, get some...

Our perfectly imperfect wedding

September 7 marked two years since I proposed to Theresa. By then, I had known for some time that she would like to get married and she had known for an equal amount of time that I had deep feelings of skepticism about the institution that were only minutely to do...

Curiosity 201

Divorce is a great university but the cost of tuition is too high.              – Harvey Yaffe One of the most important things that I learned in the university of my divorce was that curiosity is a mighty nice idea but only impactful when made into a verb. And:...

A by-the-book return to joy

My friend, the author John Ketwig, and I were having an email exchange about books recently. Though we’ve now known each other for many years, describing to each other the contents of our various bookshelves and random stacks of books (the to-be-read piles holding the...

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