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Zeno’s Paradox as Emotional Resistance

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From this morning’s reading of The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow, “Suppose a student wishes to step to the door, which is 1 meter away. (We choose a meter here for convenience, but the same argument holds for a mile or any other measure.) Before she arrives there, she first must arrive at the halfway […]

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 […]

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 […]

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