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No Time for Tired

Mais où sont les neiges d’antan! (Oh, where are the snows of yesteryear!) – François Villon, Ballade des dames du temps jadis We’re all a bit tired, aren’t we? Tired of the pandemic, tired of political deviants and extremists, tired of people not caring about the environment or really anything but themselves. Tired of things…

Philosophy | Culture | Fitness | Food | Health | Lifestyle | Poetry

Water and Wine, Experience and Emotion

“The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest.’ Water is experience, immediate sensation, and wine is emotion, and it is with the intellect, as distinguished from imagination, that we enlarge the bounds of experience and separate it from all but itself, from illusion, from memory, and create among other things science and…

Health | Fitness | Productivity

Rest and Revovery

“Rest is not death; it is life, and all life bears fruit.” – A.G. Sertillanges I worked my way back to the office to finish some work after dinner. There’s a lot to do lately. And it calls at me, nagging for more time. But getting to my desk, my chair was occupied by a…

Health

The Booster Experience

With all the variants dancing about, I was finally able to get my booster shot yesterday. For the record, it was the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech). And just like with the second shot, my body reacted to it with a wave of chills hours afterwards. For the second dose, it was at the twenty hour…

Stoicism | Health | Philosophy | Walking

The Random Gift of Injury

Stoicism is accepting whatever the world throws at you. Not to be bullied by the universe, but to accept fate and manage the moment. This, of course, is an oversimplification, but for our purposes we’ll run with this definition. There are bookshelves full of stoic philosophy at the ready should you wish to dive deeper….

Health

Sick Days

Remember celebrating sick days when you were younger? I remember them well. Stay home from school! Freedom! Sort of…. But somewhere along the way I became frustrated by the loss of momentum a sick day represents. If we only have so much tome in life, why waste it sick? This is the place where adulthood…

Music | Fitness | Health

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…