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Hope as an Obstacle

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I returned to the “no gaining mind” meditation this morning, and in it there was one particular section that stuck out to me. “Is there any sense of anticipation,” asked the guide, “or expectation for something special to happen? Any wish to change something? Is there any sense of feeling for grasping for something, or […]

No Gaining Mind

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This morning I returned to meditating, with a recording on “Mushotoku” (or: no gaining mind). I hope to return to this simple meditation each morning this week. While largely guided, it was in the silent period of the meditation that my mind took to the practice of counting my breath, which blended with a concept […]

An Explainer & Elena

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An idea has been eating at me the last month or so about how my viewing habits seem to default to low hanging fruit when I’m not purposeful in deciding what I’m going to watch. This thought has come and gone over the years, but here we are—in quarantine—with a tremendous amount of time on […]

Jack White & Henry Rollins

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I don’t remember the age, but my hunch is I was somewhere in the junior high years, though it might have been late-stage elementary school. Whenever it was, I would ditch hanging with family and congregation members after church to go listen to music in the car. I don’t know why I didn’t listen to […]

Things As They Were

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“Hope offers us clarity that, amid the uncertainty ahead, there will be conflicts worth joining and the possibility of winning some of them. And one of the things most dangerous to this hope is the lapse into believing that everything was fine before disaster struck, and that all we need to do is return to […]

Def Jux, El-P & Aesop Rock

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The other day I revisited some memories of a 2007 trip I made to New York, which brought to mind a stop I made on that same visit to the office of the now-defunct Definitive Jux record label. For the life of me I can’t remember his name, but a connection I had at the […]

Recycling in Nashville (and All of America, Actually) Might Be Dead

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“We like to think that our society is employing every area of human knowledge in order to achieve peace and happiness, but this is not true.” Sometime last year I remember reading an NPR article about how America’s recycling stream had hit a roadblock. Trade restrictions have reduced the number of incoming shipping vessels (mostly […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, March 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 3/2/2020 Toni Erdmann, 2016 (Rating: 2.5/5) 3/2/2020 George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy, 1997 3/2/2020 Pete Davidson: Alive from New York, 2020 3/4/2020 David Lynch: The Art Life, 2016 3/5/2020 Cold War, 2018 (Rating: 2.5/5) 3/5/2020 Pleasure Unwoven, 2006 3/6/2020 The Thin […]

Why is My Life So Hard? Or: How I’m Learning to Stop Playing the Victim and Just Be Grateful

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“Life hands us a changing syllabus.” On Sunday I began reading The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. I also began through working its study guide. A couple months ago I sat in on a day-long lecture Cron gave, introducing the basics of the Enneagram. The first section of the […]

The King of New York

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This weekend I finished my first book of the self-quarantine era: Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. To help explain the book, it might help by explaining a little bit about who Dave Hill is: “Dave Hill is comedian, writer, and musician originally from Cleveland but now living in New York City. He has written […]

Humble Pie and the Monty Hall Problem

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In terms of luck, right now, I feel like I’ve got more than my share. It’s a lot easier to search for clarity within chaos when I’m not losing sleep over where my next paycheck or meal are coming from, or whether or not my kids or family are going to be taken care of. […]

Bring It On

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“This garden that I built for you / That you sit in now and yearn / I will never leave it, dear / I could not bear to return / And find it all untended / With the trees all bended low / This garden is our home, dear / And I got nowhere else […]

Little Acorns

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“…One autumn day when she was at her lowest, she watched a squirrel storing up nuts for the winter. One at a time he would take them to the nest. And she thought ‘If that squirrel can take care of himself with the harsh winter coming on, so can I.’” This New York Times video […]

March Madness

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A restless night of sleep found came to an end with a 5:45 wake-up today. My goal was to exercise, to be “productive.” It’s taken me the better part of an hour to get out of bed, make coffee, drink some water, and effectively convince myself to not lay back down. “Productive” comes in a […]

A Point of Contact

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What this was… There’s a lot hiding out in plain sight within the confines of this blog: Hundreds of thousands of words and decade and a half of identities, all housed under a single roof. A couple years ago I thought it’d be worthwhile to bring in as much of my digital past into a […]

“Fights Will Go On As Long As They Have To”

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What was saved as a draft several Sundays ago is posted today… “I’m finding myself writing a story that already exists.” Isn’t that a bitch, looking back on that note one day after writing it and realizing just how true it might be? I’m closing in on the finish of Dorian Lynskey’s The Ministry of Truth and […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, February 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 2/2/2020 Three Colors: White, 1994 (Rating: 3/5) 2/2/2020 Three Colors: Red, 1994 (Rating: 3.5/5) 2/2/2020 Inherent Vice, 2014 (Rating: 2/5) 2/3/2020 Being There, 1979 (Rating: 3/5) 2/3/2020 Old Joy, 2006 (Rating: 2.5/5) 2/4/2020 Destroyer, 2018 (Rating: 2/5) 2/6/2020 Orange County, 2002 (Rating: […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, January 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 1/1/2020 Suspiria, 2018 (Rating: 2.5/5) 1/3/2020 Best in Show, 2000 (Rating: 2.5/5) 1/4/2020 Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, 2013 (Rating: 3.5/5) 1/5/2020 The Florida Project, 2017 (Rating: 2.5/5) 1/8/2020 The Art of Self-Defense, 2019 (Rating: 2.5/5) 1/8/2020 Brittany Runs a Marathon, […]

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