Mary Oliver: The poem gets written

“It is 6am and I am working. I am absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social obligations etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, and the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written.” Mary Oliver Who needs the muse when you’ve got a proper habit? […]

Faith can move mountains

“There is a positive correlation between the fear of death and the sense of unlived life,” writes Oliver Burkeman in The Antidote (Amazon). Futuring is a tough business. We toggle between our present number of choices along with desires and goals that reinforce the prioritization of time. Knowing that we can’t do it all, most people […]

The sound of the future

We used to drive horses, then cabs, and now Uber. Ideas, hardly new, get retranslated to match the demands of modern times. First came the radio, then television, and now the pocket-sized smartphone. Each iteration seemed to enhance our addiction to glow. From snail mail to email, to instant messaging — this time is different […]

Tethered to distraction

Set your brain roaming. Let it unbuckle into the window of boredom that bleeds into wisdom and insight. We are at peak attention. Additional information complicates and confounds. By keeping you bondage, it erodes your attention muscles so that you can’t even daydream. Too many thoughts at once, not even our own. We’ve succumbed to […]