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Reinvention of the Self

Tonight, I needed to rest. Work passed as a dim grey blur. Accomplished little of any consequence. As I drove home, I stopped by the library and picked up about eight different books, most of them about finding a sense of fulfillment at work. As you can imagine, this has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I blame the season, actually; it’s been getting dark about when I get home, now, and we had some cold […]

Sleepy Synopses

Amazing how one little thing can upset your entire day. I’m taking care of my parents’ Golden Retriever, Molly. She’s a sweetheart, but she’s an added responsibility, and I have to keep reminding myself to feed her, fill her water bowl, let her outside, etc. But that’s not what upset my day. I felt a […]

Care and Feeding of Precious Values

Just went to the theater and watched Chicken Little, which I thoroughly enjoyed. A shame about the negative reviews; I don’t know why people expect The Incredibles from Disney Feature Animation. Those are some amazing animators—the character animation in Chicken Little is jaw-dropping for their first CGI film—but what was the last great Disney film? They’re hamstrung by their writers. (Not that the writing was bad, either; it just […]

The Power of Ritual

There’s some new VR story over there. Meanwhile, I’ve more than doubled my productivity at work this week. How? Ritual. I just finished a neat book, The Power of Full Engagement, which suggests that the proper management of energy, not time, is the most direct route to personal improvement. They point out that you can expend and recharge energy—physical, mental, emotional, and spritual—a lot like you exercise a muscle: […]

Challenge, But Worth It

What do you want to be when you grow up? That sounds a little patronizing, I know. But it’s easy to have big dreams about things you’ve always wanted to accomplish, then leave them as big dreams. What is the one thing you’d really like to do someday? Or two things? Or three things? Writing a novel? Visiting Mt. Fuji? Finding the greatest cheesecake in the world? Create a cool […]

An Odd Greeting

After all my preparation for my parents’ visit last night, I got a phone call yesterday morning. It was my Mom, telling me that one of the dogs woke up very sick and was…let’s just say, making messes all over the house. There was no way they could come. ARG! That threatened to spiral me into a depression that would have put me in a funk all night. I had […]

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