Productivity | Art | Habits | Music | Walking | Writing

Getting to Deeper Work

“In an age of network tools… knowledge workers increasingly replace deep work with the shallow alternative—constantly sending and receiving e-mail messages like human network routers, with frequent breaks for quick hits of distraction. Larger efforts that would be well served by deep thinking, such as forming a new business strategy or writing an important grant…

Philosophy | Art | Culture | Poetry | Stoicism

Have Your Day

Time drops in decay, Like a candle burnt out, And the mountains and woods Have their day, have their day; What one in the rout Of the fire-born moods Has fallen away?– WB Yeats, The Moods The Moods, as I understand it, are the messengers from God (God, in turn, is fire). Whatever your beliefs,…

Art | Exploration | Habits | Learning | Writing

From Scratch, Daily

Every morning I glance at a blank page and begin to write from scratch. I’m sure your own writing process is different in many ways, but for me the act of beginning to type is a signal to the brain to get to it already. Often I’ll delete entire paragraphs that ultimately don’t make the…

Art | Exploration | Learning | Music | Personal Growth

The How of Things

“We humans live in two worlds. First, there is the outer world of appearances—all of the forms of things that captivate our eye. But hidden from our view is another world—how these things actually function, their anatomy or composition, the parts working together and forming the whole. This second world is not so immediately captivating….

Art | Career | Culture | Writing

Dancing in the Gap

“Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career, you have a life.” – Cheryl Strayed “Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.” – Mary McLeod Bethune “I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that…