It can be a person, a book, an idea, a ___________. You name it. I’m overwhelmed by instances. Here’s a haphazard list, incomplete, chaotic, and cut short:
John Cash, John Cage, John Coltrane, Jesus Christ. Tory, Luke, the New Testament, the Psalms, N.T. Wright, Joe, Joel, Abe, Steve, and Steve. Chet and James and Ben […]
Often an appreciation clings to many other appreciations. My cousin gave me a shirt a few years ago that says “Never Be A Bartleby” on the front and “I Would Prefer Not To” on the back. It probably means something when I choose to wear that shirt on any particular day.
Apparently at one time […]
Lots of reasons. Desperation, enjoyment, exploration, practice. It is a helpful exercise to pause and evaluate why you do things. From what I understand, this is why I am writing these appreciations and putting them on this website to:
Proactively battle negativity, and boredom Remind myself that there are a lot of interesting things in […]
Kaizen and karoshi are both Japanese words that don’t have readily available English equivalents. One means improvement, and one means to work yourself to death. Kaizen means continuous improvement. Karoshi means to work yourself to death. Do a quick search for kaizen and you’ll find a bunch of business strategies linked to the term.
I first […]
That they exist. World, thumb, others. That I am going to fight them. That I have been fighting them. That I am going to announce more specifically which ones I am talking about, and my proposed battle plans.
War rhetoric is everywhere. And the world is full of wars, literal and figurative. Much has […]
Yesterday I see a woman playing a hurdy gurdy in front of two people sitting in lawn chairs. She had a mic stand set up. I know it is a hurdy gurdy because last year I played some videos about hurdy gurdys to my music class and we talked about them at some length. And […]
As a physical object, my favorite book is my copy of Adrift On An Ice-Pan by Wilfred Grenfell. It was first published in 1909 and my copy was printed in 1911. My copy of the book has a WITHDRAWN stamp from the Albany Public Library and has a reinforced library binding with erratic geometric shapes. The book […]
Note: I wrote this 2/16/13 and just found it at the bottom of a word document. I may have sent it to a newspaper with the idea of it being a guest column. I don’t remember. This was a few months after the Sandy Hook shooting. I don’t remember if I actually sent it.
Why do I like to read? It’s so important and so obvious that I’m afraid to answer, or attempt to. It’s like asking if or why I love my wife, or kids, or parents. The answer is an exuberant and resounding “yes and let me count the ways” and yet I hesitate to explain. I’m […]
I feel like quitting. School is cranky. I’m tired. I’m halfway through writing a book that I have somewhat committed to finishing by the end of the month, but doubt everything about it. My feelings don’t align with reality. I can’t see the forest for the trees. I dread going to school right now, turning […]
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