Posts Tagged ‘ personal ’

The Challenges Of No; The Temptations Of Yes

“No” is an awfully powerful word. It is a rejection. It is a wall. It is not an entry point. It is not a consultative word. It does not serve as the basis for dialogue or exploration. It is a full stop. Period. End of statement.



Pause, Reflect, Regroup

It has been a little quiet here of late. Not that there hasn’t been a great deal of activity in the background, but it has largely been exactly that: alot of activity in the background.



For Want Of A Reader – A Personal Tragedy (Part 1)

I have spent an inordinate amount of my life figuring out how to organize significant parts of my life. Whether it is figuring out how to track and manage projects, maintain my calendar, manage my commitments or keep track of my writing, there has been an on-going and somewhat frustrating effort to get to a…
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Expectations And Reality

There are days and times when our expectations don’t line up with our reality. Often, we go into a situation with expectations of how it will turn out, and then—for whatever reason—what actually occurs fails to live up with how we imagined it. At the same time, there are occasions when our expectations are quite…
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A Sense Of Place

There is a tendency among many of us to think “If only this would happen, then everything would be OK.” Or “Once this happens, then I will be able to move forward.” For the most part, it is a line of thinking I try to discourage. Speculative and conditional thinking keep us living for (and…
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Alternative Universes: A Personal Perspective

In an alternate universe, I will be getting on a plane tomorrow and flying to the west coast. There, I will be spending a lovely, relaxing week with my bride of many years, visiting friends, reading, drinking wine, eating awesome food and taking time to breathe. In other words, embracing and enjoying life.



For Want Of A Paper…

You don’t realize how comfortable and familiar that routines are until you try to change them. Take something as simple as the newspaper. For years, it has (mostly) reliably shown up on my doorstep, and I have pretty much made a point of reading it every day.



The Best Advice Ever

I read a really interesting blog post by Neil Gaiman today, in which he shares the best advice he ever received from another author. Actually he reveals two bits of advice, one to do with shaving and one that is non-shaving related.



Moving Forward, Looking Back

It’s a new year, and as the old one closes, so do a number of chapters that have remained open — their endings not fully written — for quite some time now. It is an interesting feeling finally putting those to bed. Possibly the most significant closing is the completion of my thesis, which has…
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Checking In Before 2012 Checks Out

It has been a while since I’ve written in this space. Regular readers of this site (and those who happen to know the more particular details of my existence) will know that I’ve been working on my thesis for some time. About 7 years now, in fact. In this case, ‘working on’ has often code…
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