Thinking Big

It’s the middle of the afternoon, and from my office window I watch the shadows chase the traffic down the highway, threatening to overtake it around the turns but never managing much more than a few feet of headway, immediately lost at the next turn. The shadows stay locked tight …

Changing Course

I don’t want come off as some kind of revolutionary, so let’s frame this whole thing first as a thought experiment. What if you changed the fundamental structure of your decision making? What if you shifted your reasoning to a completely new paradigm? What if, for example, money was no …

Country Living

I’m sitting on the patio – a converted carport with the concrete sealed and painted to cover the oil stains – surrounded by the insect buzz and birdsong of the impenetrable summertime woods that envelope my grandmother’s house on this gravel road, in what my wife facetiously likes to call …

Peace

I can’t help it, I read the news. Even though I hate every second of it, even though it makes me miserable and angry, I do it anyway, perhaps out of a sense that with so much disaster in the world (both natural and man-made), the least I can do …

Jet Lag

I awoke early Sunday morning to find “I’m supposed to be asleep” written on my laptop screen, the cursor must have spent all night blinking to an empty room. I hesitate to call this jet lag because since I returned from Europe my sleep patterns have been defined more by …

Meta Awareness

I’m writing this sitting on a breezy balcony five stories above some romantically named back road in Paris. The buildings are all painted varying shades of white with simple yet vaguely monumental ornamentation scattered up the facades from the grey concrete of the sidewalk to the grey metal of the …

Romanticizing

Home is a heavy concept, packed with all sorts of ideas about comfort and familiarity, personality, history and hopes for the future. Home is the backdrop upon which our lives are painted, the topography of its texture and outlines are as influential to the brush strokes of our actions as …

Wanderlust

The feeling sneaks up on you: one second you’re preoccupied with the mechanics of your day, thinking about all the things you have to do and suddenly a picture flashes through your email, or across your social media lens and next thing you know you’re a million miles away, dreaming. …

Boring

People are boring, lazy and unimaginative. It’s a difficult phenomenon to explain, made all the more difficult by the fact that everyone, including this writer, is implicated. Hypocrisy on this matter runs rampant, the boring are always accusing others of being boring, and nobody can identify the lazy like their …