Month: February 2020

Art | Learning | Lifestyle | Writing

More Art

“If beautiful art does not express moral ideas, ideas which unite people, then it is not art, but only entertainment. People need to be entertained in order to distance themselves from disappointment in their lives. ” – Immanuel Kant A nod to Tolstoy for this quote… Sometimes you see the truth immediately in a piece…

Home Renovation | Language | Learning | Productivity | reading | Writing

Growth at the Point of Resistance

“I have seen many people in diverse fields take some version of the process-first philosophy and transform it into an excuse for never putting themselves on the line or pretending not to care… As adults, we have to take responsibility for ourselves and nurture a healthy, liberated mind-set. We need to put ourselves out there,…

Culture | Learning | Personal Growth | Sports

Basketball and Icarus

“Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew… I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph.” – Jack Gilbert, Failing and Flying Last night I watched the last regular season basketball game of my son’s career. With four teams bunched up in the standings with the same…

Habits | Language | Learning

French Lessons

I’m currently learning French using Duolingo. I’ve dabbled in the language before, but dabbled is the key word: never fully committing to learning French… until now. Novice level? Oui. I’m 49 days into a streak of Duolingo French lessons, trying to spend a minimum of 20 minutes on it every day. Sure, I won’t be…

Habits | Optimism

It Has Potential

Looking out the window on a brisk morning on Cape Cod. Streaks of dark clouds mix with blue sky. Faint orange hints at the possibilities of the sunrise. It doesn’t look like a 10 right now, but it’s not a bust either. This sunrise has potential. Isn’t that the feeling we look for in every…