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A Sparkplug for the Brain in Five Songs

If someday my mind succumbs to the debilitating fog of dementia that robs my father and so many others of their familiarity and wit, put noise-cancelling headphones over my ears, turn up the volume and play the electric guitar anthems of my youth. I don’t know nearly enough about reversing the downward slide of dementia,…

Personal Growth | Career | Fitness | Habits | Health | Lifestyle | Philosophy | Productivity

The Upward Spiral

“One of the major problems that arises when people work to become more effective in life is that they don’t think broadly enough. They lose the sense of proportion, the balance, the natural ecology necessary to effective living.” — Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (all subsequent quotes are also Covey’s) I’m…

Culture | Fitness | Music | Personal Growth | Philosophy | Seasons | Writing

The Changes You Take Yourself Through

Everybody needs a changeA chance to check out the newBut you’re the only one to seeThe changes you take yourself through– Stevie Wonder, Don’t You Worry About A Thing In New England, October is the time of tangible, visible change. The world transforms around you in such strikingly obvious ways that even the most inward-facing…

Philosophy | Health | Stoicism

Today, as Forever

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” – Carl Sagan I met an old friend at the airport, both of us heading for the same plane, and we caught up on each other’s lives until we boarded the plane and went our separate ways on the other end…

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A Place for Consistency

Two weeks goes by so very quickly. If you don’t prioritize exercise you might find that the days slip by without really doing much of anything. But when you do focus on exercise, what can you accomplish in so short a time? Two weeks ago I decided to find out. I chose to row 5000…

Exercise | Fitness | Habits | Health

A Fortnight of Motion

“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” – Amit Kalantri “When we breathe, we expand our life force.” – James Nestor, Breath There’s no secret to the key to life. Keep moving. Water stagnates when it sits still for too long, and it’s the same for our bodies. So keep the…

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Until We Are Not

The singular and cheerful lifeof any flowerin anyone’s gardenor any still unowned field— if there are any—catches meby the heart,by its color, by its obedienceto the holiest of laws:be aliveuntil you are not.– Mary Oliver, The Singular and Cheerful Life We all have gut punches along the way. Moments of bliss interrupted by the fiercest…