March 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot about an essay written by my fine, young friend, Chris Guillebeau, over to the fine, year-old blog, The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris had been doing some thinking of his own, as per usual: this time, about a little phrase that’s often bandied about by Those People Who Get How Things […]

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Mar 30, 2009 7

Changing room

Ask anyone: I’m a planner. If you had access to my early college journals, you could see my sweeping plans for life, in college, and beyond. If you had access to The BF, he could bend your ear for hours about my planner genes (especially if you plied him with tasty craft beers). If you […]

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Mar 27, 2009 Comments Off

Referral Friday: Money honies

Referral Friday is part of an ongoing series inspired by John Jantsch’s Make-a-Referral Week. For more about that, and loads more referrals for everything from cobblers to coaches to gee-tar teachers, start here. Pass it on, baby! While I am reasonably good at putting one letter next to another, I am the suckmeister of all […]

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Mar 26, 2009 7

Junking jumbrage

Back in my youth, I remember an older, wiser friend taking a rather bemused stance over my ranting and raving on some Topic of Incredible Importance. Righteous indignation, he said, is the province of the young. Of course, that only had me railing all the more. Good GOD, I thought, and said, because I was […]

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Many years ago, in an uncharacteristic bit of self-indulgence prompted by a stranger’s warning that if I didn’t, I’d be in serious hot water down the line, I started going in for regular shiatsu bodywork therapy. Many amazing things happened over the course of the several years we worked together. Crazy stuff like sudden photographic images […]

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There’s a really, really good piece by Clay Shirky, the guy who wrote Here Comes Everybody, among other fairly colossal things, that’s been making the rounds lately. I first heard about it from Merlin Mann at SXSW a week or so ago, then from a bunch of other people; a post by John Gruber, who […]

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I had my ladies over this past weekend; I’d like to have my ladies over every weekend, they’re so fun and smart and grounding, not to mention they fawn over the dog and bring delicious treats. For me. Well, and the dog. One of the very grounding things these ladies do is provide context: we’ve […]

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Mar 20, 2009 5

Referral Friday

Last week, I used a little something called Make-a-Referral Week to save my out-of-town bacon. From now on, and until further notice, I’m instituting Referral Friday to save someone else’s. Whose? Yours, maybe. Or my hair colorist’s. Or my favorite local eatery. Or a (good, nice) one-person law practice, or a haberdasher, or a rodeo […]

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Mar 19, 2009 6

Real-life white space

I understand that thing about different strokes; I do. (Although that thing about Diff’rent Strokes eludes me entirely.) But I don’t get clutter. I mean, I get how it gets like that, and have read enough to understand that it gets like that for psychological reasons (depression and anxiety, mostly) as well as physical ones […]

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I’m reading a wonderful book right now: Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. Well, I was reading it anyway. I got through “Eat” on the outbound flight to Austin, and most of “Pray” on the return flight to LAX, but I was sobbing so hard during the “Pray” part, I felt like I was […]

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