This site is - much like it’s author - under active development. Not sure what it will be or where it will go just yet. I have a number of interests, thoughts and ideas so expect anything. Or nothing, life might be better if you don’t have any expectations. Thanks for stopping by my personal fragment of the Internet.

A Function of Memory

What follows is the eulogy I wrote for my mother, Jacyne Woodcox. She passed on to whatever is next on February 9th, 2022. I love you mom. If there’s one oddity about the way my brain works, it’s the function of memory. I know it’s all in there, a lifetime of experiences, impressions, thoughts, and moments all added together to become the story of who I am. But I can’t pick out the individual pieces from decades past and tell you, here is what happened. Read more...

A Slow Reboot into the Unknown

To say that the last few years have been a whirlwind is perhaps an understatement. Or a testament to the fact that I don’t have the firsthand experience necessary to use ‘tornado’ or ‘hurricane’ as a metaphor. I’m not just speaking of world events like pandemics or wars, but with my own little corner of the universe. It’s been more than a year since I last wrote anything for this blog. Read more...

On Dying and Slow Time

I’m writing this on November 16, 2020, with the intention of publishing it a year from yesterday. It’s more for me at this point than anything I want to share with the world. These past few days have been difficult. I spent them with someone I love dearly as the two of us sat in vigil with her dog, Arlo. I did not know Arlo for long, but he had a fierceness and personality that touched me more than most humans have. Read more...

No Second Chances

Starting over has never been an easy thing. For much of human history, we’ve been integrated with our tribe or tied to the land. Strangers from elsewhere were viewed with distrust in spite of all the major religions espousing love and hospitality for such people. But somewhere along the way, it became possible to leave behind who you were and build a new life. I’m not here to judge the people that did that. Read more...

The Games People Play

There are a number of useful metaphors and mental models through which to examine the world and how we operate in it. This post will focus on games. I’m no expert in game theory, but these reflections require nothing so rigorous. Instead, this will highlight various games or game-like elements that we can choose to play in our lives. Our approach to the world and the strategies and tactics we bring to bear will define our experiences. Read more...

What Now?

There are times that I’m struck by the synchrony of events in the world and in my own life. There’s no need to believe in destiny or some greater coherent plan to find moments when patterns align. The law of averages does all the work. Last week, the US elected a new president (based on all available information that we have at this time). Last week, I also took a voluntary severance offer from my job of 17 years, 4 months, and six days. Read more...

A Question for Election Day

Today is Election Day in the United States. To say it is more politically charged than any election in my lifetime is an understatement. I can see one of two broad outcomes for how it will go. Either the results will be so overwhelmingly in favor of one candidate that the outcome is undeniable, or the race is too close to call and the remainder of the month is filled with outrage, sensational news coverage, and exhausting malaise as all the tallies are added, disputed, lied about and argued over. Read more...

Work-Life Integration

Before 2020, I’d periodically see articles and conversations about work-life balance. The idea being that you need to find the right set point where you didn’t work too much but you also got the work done that needed to be done. Then a pandemic came and a lot of people found themselves working remote. Now it was possible to start work earlier and work longer because there were no commutes. Work could find you later in the evening because your workstation was no longer miles away at an office. Read more...

Forget Normal

A common refrain that I hear from every direction is something to the effect of, “I just can’t wait for things to get back to normal.” This is an understandable sentiment. 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year. We all want the sense of relative safety and security that we seemed to have before ‘social distancing’ and ‘pandemic’ became part of our everyday vernacular. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that sense of safety was an illusion and the pandemic has demonstrated that with a clarity so blinding that most of us can’t stand to look at it. Read more...

Remote, Day 120 - Deactivating

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live the way we do. The last ten years have had a different feel than the 36 that came before. That’s not just about pandemics and politics. It’s about our mediated and shallow interactions. It’s about the lack of long-term thinking, the bubbles of absolutism, the hours of distraction, and the dearth of wisdom. It’s about how we relate to the only thing that we truly have - time. Read more...

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