This. So much this. Via @ayjay…

Becoming a big fan of the Old Fashioned with a cherry garnish.

Went to see Josh Gates at The Hanover in Worcester tonight and had a blast. Great story teller.

As an online job search coach (and middle school teacher) I tend to stay “on” over the weekend. But I’ve worked a bit harder this week to allow myself to unplug and not think of anything business related until Monday morning. Would love it if I could make this a new habit.

Quick 3 mile ramble in the woods to clear the head.

When you need a dedicated notebook you know the project just got real.

Went to the Immersive Monet Exhibit in Boston this afternoon. My first time at one of these and it did not disappoint. Though my pictures don’t do it any justice.

Just discovered Gloomcore on Spotify. Found my new go to working background music.…

Doing a modest kitchen renovation in my 150 year old 2 family house.

While the upstairs where we live was fully updated in the 80s the downstairs apartment is still mostly original horsehair plaster and weirdly off-center studs and joists.

Salvaged some old square head nails today while taking down the chair rail.

Philosophy- Friend or Foe?

“The impregnable wall of philosophy helps us tame the mad frenzy of our greed and tamps down the fury of our fears.” - Seneca

In other words, it is philosophy that allows us to gain true perspective on our lives. Perspective to see that our anxieties most often do not come to an actual evil fruition. Perspective to see that our desire for more, at its core, is not really a desire for material wealth, but instead for meaning and purpose.

Philosophy then is the greatest aim of the human mind, if done consistently, and done well. A noble pursuit that will benefit not just the participant, but those around him as well.

Unless of course philosophy is the mind’s best ego-enhancing strategy to keep us from ultimately quieting the mind itself ?

Flash Fiction

Below is an old piece of flash fiction I found in a notebook. Don’t even remember writing it, but I kind of like it.

Airport lockers. We rent them the way people once rented apartments before ubiquitous heli-travel. They represent our public space. Somewhere to store, fill, or hide. The contents tell tales, but mine has been silent. It has always been empty.

Until today.

Someday, when she realizes this locker has been abandoned she’ll open it. I can almost see the look on her face as it spills onto the floor at her feet. I’ll be gone, but the questions will remain. Why? How? And honestly, I couldn’t say.

Maybe it was something she said.

Last day of classes and now summer can officially begin. But no rest for the wicked as I ’m completely booked with client work for the next couple weeks. At least that work can all be done from my couch!

Very long (but good) day at work followed up by the first sprint workout if the season.

Time to raise a glass.

It’s a June long weekend and I’m drinking beer on the deck, grilling some burgers.

I’m also scrolling Halloween accounts on Instagram because I’m read for fall.


Ran my fastest half mile time in about ten years today. It’s not fast for most people, but it was lightning for me. Gonna ride this high for a while.

The school district I work in has been discussing whether or not to continue reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” and this short clip is the best formation of an answer in the affirmative I have seen recently.

Took a stroll through the annual car show downtown this morning and saw literally hundreds of classic cars. But nothing appeals to me quite as much as the simplicity of an old school Jeep.

Spent my Saturday afternoon on a website rebuild. Pretty happy with it.

A surprise dusting of snow? I wish!

An allergy-killing spring crop of pollen. 🤧

My wife, who wore out her original VHS tape years ago, was extremely excited to see TOP GUN today.

I was…less enthusiastic.

But it was great! The flight scenes alone were worth the price of admission.

And the MI preview!!!!

My students have been hounding my lately to tell them what kind of music I like. But at my age coming up with a succinct answer isn’t easy. So of course I made a playlist. 20 songs that are currently on heavy rotation for me. Playlist

📝 “You go outside and for a second all you hear are the animals running around, or wind in the air. In many ways this is the gap; it’s what is going on in life before we add something to it in the form of a mental narrative.” - Your Mind is a Prison by Jason Rosander

Emphasis mine.

It’s a scorcha.

Cholesterol was a little high at my yearly physical and my new doc recommended intermittent fasting before a statin.

I like this guy. 👍

I’ve also had a lot of luck with this type of eating some I’m on board for some changes.

🥗 Started intermittent fasting again- the 20/4 variety. I do pretty well with this as I am not usually terribly hungry for the first half of the day anyway. However, as last night’s Chinese dinner showed, I really need to pay attention to macros when I do this. Minimal protein Saturday means a very sluggish Sunday.