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Anxious

Yesterday, I experienced an overwhelming bout of anxiety (due to a combination of hormones, working with someone I think is genius and concerns over me not being able to produce tangible deliverables). Being the sort of person who needs to look for solutions, I reached… Read More

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2019

Including this post, I would have written 305 posts on this blog in 2019 for a total of about 71,000 words. Although I didn’t achieve a 100% perfection rate for blogging every day, I’d say that I learned quite a bit about myself during the… Read More

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Vegan

Three nights ago, Ming and I had a vegan Christmas dinner with a couple of friends. None of us are vegan, but we wanted to see if it was something we could do.  Could we cook an entire meal that was vegan on a budget?… Read More

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Spinner

This month, I missed about two weeks of daily blogging. But instead of beating myself up right away, I looked back on my month and thought about the things I’d been up to.  I spoke at two events (both of which got decent local press… Read More

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Joy

I woke up this morning and the heaviness that I’d grown used to had somewhat dissipated. For the last two weeks, the days have been gloomy. Mornings have been especially difficult. The months before that have been hazy.  There’s a sense of unfamiliar pleasure when… Read More

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Draft

In a Lithub article about writing and the meanings of the problems that a writer might have with their drafts, I came across one problem that I often find myself facing — the use of parentheses.  Helen Betya Rubenstein writes in the article that this… Read More

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Oblivion

Spotify recently released its 2019 Wrapped and it was fun to see what data the app had picked up about my listening habits. My artist of the decade was Taylor Swift. Obviously.  But it also made me think about the December 6th issue of the… Read More

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Sketch

I’ve been meaning to improve my visual skills a little more this year but somehow found myself putting it off because 1) I told myself that I didn’t have time and 2) I wasn’t good at it anyway. Perhaps the real reason was that I… Read More

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Low ABV

Today, I attended a masterclass on low ABV cocktails. These cocktails typically have lower alcoholic strength by volume — between 0.5-1.2%.  In the past, I would have wondered “what’s the point?” but after working at the bar for a while now (and drinking far more… Read More

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Fake

I recently signed up for an online course called Hidden Facts: Creative Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Facts. The additional resources provided as part of the reading for the course included six links, three of which were about fake news.  In 2017, Professor Charlie Beckett wrote that… Read More

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Bait

I’ve been reading the winning short stories of the Mogford Prize for food & drink writing and found myself especially drawn to Bait.  It’s a story we all probably know, but we don’t discover this until the end. Instead, we are treated to a delightful… Read More

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Gratitude

A few days ago, I wrote about the guilt I felt over not being grateful enough “for all the other positive things in my life”.  But according to the Nov 28 issue of the Daily Stoic newsletter, stoics practice a more “inclusive and counterintuitive” form… Read More