March 2010

Of all the events in my month, there are few I look forward to more than Shrink Day. Finances and time conspire to keep me from going more than once monthly these days, but in a way, that’s a good thing. It forces me to think very carefully about what’s really important, and to differentiate […]

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I am sure I was doing many valuable and useful things with my time back in 1996, but it’s clear to me that one thing I was not doing enough of was the reading of excellent memoirs, nor even the reading about the reading of them. How else to explain my egregious oversight in picking […]

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When I was very, very sick, my body served as its own governor. I could not push myself further than I should, because I’d be overcome by a sleepiness that would stop me in my tracks. There were times before I learned this that I literally had to lie down right where I stood to […]

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Change is a bitch who plays by rules she makes up as you go along Change is a roller coaster with no tracks an amphibious flight plan a troll with a prince inside a troll inside a prince a dream where a roomful of maiden aunts and former professors stand guard before the invisible elevator […]

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An old analog relationship washed up on my digital shores a few weeks back in the form of an old college professor reconnecting via email. We’d exchanged letters just once, shortly after I made an abrupt decision to leave upstate New York earlier than I’d planned and strike out for New York and whatever came […]

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Every once in a while, you read a book you wish came bundled in stacks of 11, so that you could keep your own copy but immediately, or maybe even upon finishing Chapter 2 or 3, share the experience with a solid two handfuls of people. Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson is exactly that […]

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Most acronyms make me cringe a little, but from the first time I heard it, I loved the 12-step acronym used to help keep adherents, well, adhering: H.A.L.T. Hungry. Angry. Lonely. Tired. As in, when you’re struck by an urge to use (or drink, or use, or what-have-you that you shouldn’t), STOP (or, you know, […]

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I have emptied my shelves of books my closets, of clothes my lists, of good intentions not just to make room for whatever comes next but to see what is here right now: the light the dark the rich the worn the choices upon choices suddenly on display when their numbers dwindle and they no […]

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Weird, one-off disclaimer: Apologies if this gets nerdier in places than our regular program. I’m still processing the events and information of the past week, and via sleep-deprived filters. Which means that given my own standards, I probably should wait to post about it here, but given my iffy memory, I thought it best to […]

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Each of the four years I’ve been coming to SXSW, I’ve learned a little something different. The first time, it was about the value of coming to a conference, period. The next time, about learning to take the time I needed, regardless of the enticing hoopla happening around me (and also about not skipping a […]

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