I’m So Happy.

Have you ever been in one of those moods where you look at a cluttered room and realize you’re actually in the mood to get rid of things? That box of cables that you’ve been hanging on to, “just in case,” or that huge pile of clothes, most of which are out of style or no longer fit? It’s not enough to know that you should do something about it, you have to be ready to do it. You have to be so sick of the mess that you immediately turn around, grab the giant trash bag, and go to … Continue reading

Love and Life Are Deep

Moving Pictures

I can’t overstate how influential Neil Peart has been on my life. He and his two cronies were with me for hours and hours of D&D, thousands of bus rides and car trips, hundreds of notebook doodles, and many deep discussions of life, politics, philosophy, religion, and what it means to be a free and independent human being. He lived an amazing yet often tragic life. Watching how he dealt with some of these things helped me deal with my own tragedies, even if not in the same way. He was a reluctant, even unwilling celebrity, but if you happened … Continue reading

Recuperation and Reflection

Another Song-A-Day challenge comes to a close, and again, it was a rewarding experience. I managed to post all 28 tracks, including two that were done on the road. The last few days were even more of a challenge as the effects of not getting enough sleep and walking dogs in Wisconsin-winter temperatures ganged up to give me a fantastic head and chest cold. A fairly typical pattern for Song-A-Day participants is that they hit week one with both guns blazing. After the initial flurry and release of pent-up ideas, week two is a little more difficult, but inertia carries … Continue reading

Killing Reddit

Recently, I discovered a newer feature of iOS called Screen Time. It tracks how much time you spend on your phone, and provides periodic reports on individual apps, broad categories, and weekly trends. It even tracks how many times you pick up your phone. How horrifying! I knew I was using my phone a lot, but seeing actual numbers was eye opening, especially after lamenting about how I never seemed to have enough time for projects. Not true, even with my extensive phone usage, but still a comfortable lie I’d gotten used to telling myself. Screen Time wasn’t the catalyst … Continue reading

The Little Things

That whole five stages of grief thing isn’t what you to expect. They don’t line up in a nice orderly fashion, obeying the rules. They’re petulant children fighting to take over your mind at any given time. But then come the moments when when you feel like you just reached a new plateau. It’s not that things get back to normal, it’s that you come to accept a new normal.  If you’ve ever had the winter blues, you know that dull greyness that seems to cover everything. It’s not that anything’s overly bad, but it doesn’t seem like much is … Continue reading