We are in the middle of a contentious election. And that is perhaps an understatement. There's lots of opinions flying around, and even some violent displays of opinions. So this is a serious conversation. I don't want to come off like I am taking the reality lightly. But I am doing my best to treat … Continue reading Politics as my Footnote
I've seen a disturbing pattern recently in the way people are reacting to the world. And even more disturbing, I have noticed it in myself as well. And what makes it all worse is that I don't have a great solution to it. But as they say, noticing the problem is always the start of … Continue reading How Can We Know What’s Fake?
Am I a band wagon jumper? If so, yuck. I don't want to be part of the movement of mindless drones accepting everything they see. And I don't want to be a hypocrite just joining a movement because it is cool. And yet I find myself adopting many things as a latecomer. Why is that? … Continue reading When to Jump on the Bandwagon
I've heard a lot of people talking during 2020 pandemic about wanting to "get back to normal". This is my personal opinion, but that normal is gone. Dead. Lost to us. For one thing, our idea of normal is a fabrication in our minds that has little bearing on reality. What I think of as … Continue reading We Can’t Go Back
A few days ago, I posted about the fear pandemic that is sweeping the world. While I am very concerned about the fear that is gripping people, I also want to talk about another way I find myself responding that maybe you can relate to. And that is bravado. What I want to do in … Continue reading Bravado or Acceptance
I imagine at this point you are aware that there is a deadly pandemic sweeping the world. Actually there are two. But the COVID-19 one is getting plenty of coverage. The other pandemic is fear. Let me be clear, there is definitely danger to COVID-19, and I am not trying to downplay it. We are … Continue reading The Pandemic of Fear
I posted recently about how introversion tiredness may be more about fear than about being around people. Here are the results from that experiment. After being at a conference with ~200 people for four days straight, I'm pretty sure the theory warrants further study (as in I think I'm onto something, but don't want to … Continue reading Introversion Inoculation – Experiment Results
I am an introvert. I have known that pretty much from the first time I understood the word. And just the other day I had an epiphany that could very well change the way I see myself for the rest of my life. Next week I am going to a writing conference. I know literally … Continue reading Can my introversion be cured?
There is a lot of rhetoric out there right now about how to deal with politics. In particular it is something we aren't supposed to talk about in most settings. Even among people you agree with it isn't quite a safe topic. I've heard the term "polarized" a lot lately. Sure. Massive extremes in … Continue reading A Path Through Polarization
This morning I am writing in a tiny library room I reserved for Wednesday mornings. It is on the side of the library that gets morning sun, so it is far too hot for my taste. I even brought a fan this week. Despite my discomfort, it is an auspicious morning. Today is the 489th … Continue reading Day 489 – Officially Pro