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Letterboxd Film Diary, December 2018

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 12/2/2018 Triangle, 2009 (Rating: 2/5) 12/2/2018 Zombieland, 2009 (Rating: 2.5/5) 12/2/2018 Kill Bill: Vol. 2, 2004 (Rating: 3.5/5) 12/2/2018 Hardcore Henry, 2015 (Rating: 3/5) This is my third or fourth viewing this year—and is my favorite (new to me) movie of the […]

Finish Lines

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“the race for me had become an endless repetition,as i made my way around my circuit of duties.hour after hour i went thru the same unchanging tasks. […] after it was all over i went to the little house to start my update. the update i had been putting together in my mind was, of […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, November 2018

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 11/1/2018 Hot Shots!, 1991 (Rating: 1/5) 11/1/2018 Stripes, 1981 (Rating: 2/5) 11/1/2018 Hot Fuzz, 2007 (Rating: 3/5) Even without considering all the easter eggs that serious Hot Fuzz fans seem to obsess over, this is such a smart, enjoyable, and sharply witty […]

A Journey Into Declutterization: Part Two

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The other day I was thinking about all the domain names I’ve owned and the futility of the entire process… Paying money for this thing that can’t possibly be maintained ad infinitum. In 2008 I had this idea for a blog called soft focus (rather: sftfcs, because I was being cute with the nomenclature) that […]

Harpeth River State Park (Kingston Springs, TN)

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Photos taken November 21, 2018 at Harpeth River State Park in Kingston Springs, TN.

Who Are You? Point To It!

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Walking bundles of habit, I think I read somewhere. That’s what we are. I get up, hit my knees, give thanks, meditate, and stretch… all figuratively speaking, of course. Many of my habits are aspirational. Some of them, at least. The others have an anaconda lock on me, constricting me slowly before I’m too light […]

Something Wrong

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The feeling is so strange, the organic and artisanal refuge communicating a message that there’s goodness to be had here. I’m good because I’m here. So are you. But why? We’re here, doing good for ourselves, at this place that tells us it’s the kind of place for people who care about enhancing their well being. […]

Gimme Noise

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I remember an old blog post I wrote somewhere in 2008 when I first caught some of Jay Smooth’s Ill Doctrine videos. I can’t find it, but I’m sure there was little to it beyond: 1) Jay’s great; and 2) I’m a fan. Sometime this past week I saw a link to this Columbia Journalism […]

Stepping Stones

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The first photos here were taken in March 2017, with the brick patio project running from May 2018 into November 2018. Essentially, I finished the project last week, when I brushed out and set a layer of cement sand across the patio to lock it, but I’ll return to the back yard in the Spring […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, October 2018

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 10/2/2018 Demons 2, 1986 (Rating: 2/5) As much as I wanted to write off this sequel, it incorporated similarly great practical effects as the first, along with another solid soundtrack, and plenty of witty charm (without getting too gag-heavy). Though not the […]

Three Years

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The other day I was sitting at the library, studying, when I got a call from a manager at work. There was miscommunication about who was covering which responsibilities and something important had fallen through the cracks. Several days prior I’d moved on from the job where I had been reporting to him, the ownership […]

“A Spiritual Axiom”

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“[W]hen a person experiences nearly identical events and reacts two different ways, then it is not the event which is of prime importance, but the person’s spiritual condition. Feelings come from inside, not from outward circumstances.” —Daily Reflections, October 9 There’s this guy at work who leaves his cell-phone ringer on whenever he’s visiting the […]

Shut Up and Dance

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In a meeting yesterday, noting their history in theater, someone said, “As they say in my world, shut up and dance.” I’m paraphrasing, but it rattled me. As people were sharing their thoughts, the Daily Reflections book was being passed around, with the October 6 reading titled “Facing Ourselves.” “How often I avoided a task […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, September 2018

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 9/15/2018 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, 2001 (Rating: 1/5) My assumption was that this would be the last time I’d watch this movie – the first time was when it was released in 2001, and I probably haven’t seen it in […]

Getting Lost

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“How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you? […] That thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you is usually what you need to find, and finding it is a matter of getting lost.” –Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost Some time […]

Imperfection in Recovery

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“Never in our lives, long before we had a drink, were we able to settle for status quo. Nothing that was normal ever merited our attention for more than a split second. If it wasn’t better than normal, we didn’t like it. And that’s before we ever had a drink. So, we had better jolly […]

Courage and Self-Kindness

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“Knowledge is important, but only if we’re being kind and gentle with ourselves as we work to discover who we are.” —Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection While an undertaking the likes of making a “searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves” brings with it a tremendous potential for self-knowledge, participating in such a thorough […]

Resisting Gravity

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“Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he […]

How Life Should Be

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“Egocentricity is having a better idea about how this moment should be. […] Ego talks in terms of ‘This is right… This is wrong… I have to do this… A person must…” — phrases like that. When we are listening to egocentricity we have the feeling that we know beyond doubt how we should be […]

Restoration vs. Renovation

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I heard someone comment on an interesting distinction last night, noting the difference between a renovation and a restoration. The latter is a reclamation of a past state, a return to its former self, and a way to make new again, while a renovation is really just the process of fixing something up. In a […]

Addiction Creates Suffering

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“Suffering is the stress created by craving for more. Suffering is never having enough to feel satisfied. […] Suffering is the thought that I cannot be happy until I get… Suffering is the anguish and misery of being addicted.” —Noah Levine, Refuge Recovery With each return to addictive behavior there’s an implicit denial of self […]

Numb the Good, Numb the Bad, Numb the Ugly

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“We don’t want to feel the hurt anymore. And so we numb it. And we numb it with everything you can imagine. But what happens when you numb the hurt and you numb the grief, is you numb the joy and you numb the light. You cannot selectively numb affect.” —Brené Brown, Rising Strong as […]

The Elephant and Being

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“Becoming becomes a denial of being.” —Bruce Lee A few weeks back on a trip to New York, I was explaining my elephant tattoo to a new friend. It’s not always easy to articulate ideas that have rattled around in your head for a long time, and admittedly I probably did a poor job at […]

Believed to Be Seen

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Believed to Be Seen is a writing project I published in February of 2013, when I was twenty-nine. At that time, I surmised its aim to be that of documenting “my evolving experience with the American addiction treatment industry, and how I finally found my way out of its maze.” The obvious angst of that […]

The Downside of Getting My Way

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From Believed to Be Seen, “When I was in high school a teacher asked our class to look at our futures and think of what goals we would like to achieve. Being seventeen years old I felt life would be complete if I could see some of my favorite bands perform live and own a […]

The Elevator to Success

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This evening, at a meeting, an older guy shared an experience he’d had earlier in the day. Reading the newspaper (which, as he said, is how you know he’s old), he was doing one of the word puzzles – the type where it provides the first few words of a phrase, leaving you to solve […]

Fear of the Dark

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“The things we want are transformative, and we don’t know or only think we know what is on the other side of that transformation.” –Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost Embarking on any kind of new direction can be, and often is, overwhelming. A new beginning can come with fear – the What […]

Right Action, Right Thinking

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It’s often said that “right action leads to right thinking,” meaning that positive feelings often follow positive actions, rather than the inverse. For so long though my thoughts either led me astray from what that right action really was, or they rationalized questionable action in the name of something “right enough.” Such is the plight […]

A Return, A Renewal

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The first time I visited New York City was in December 2005 as part of a class trip. This was prior to TSA laws tightening up, and on the morning of our flight I loaded up two water bottles with vodka for our trip. I remember making a makeshift Bloody Mary on the plane with […]

New York City, NY

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Photos taken around New York City, NY in August 2018.

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