Happy Thanksgiving

What’s on our list: handmade by Daniel cavatelli with pomodoro sauce and grated parmesan smashers (small potatoes parboiled, coated with olive oil + fresh cracked pepper + large flake sea salt, put into cast iron pan, smashed with bottom of pint glass, and then broiled in the oven.) salad: frisee endive mix with dried cranberries…

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The Beginning Stages of Learning a Language

This is a repost from arabiclanguage.me…for more dual language pieces check out the work Kifah and I have been doing over there… The Beginning Stages of Learning A Language This is my philosophy about language learning: You should race through the beginner stages as fast as you can in order to get to the good…

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The Importance of Creative Focus

Election cycles are tough. The hate, lies, and uncompassion spread by both “sides” towards one another becomes like an atmospheric poison soup. Any sane person looks forward to it being over soon. But, it is an opportunity to vividly experience how literally and intensely our own attention choices and thought choices affect our well-being. Instead…

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Mindfulness

This is a little interview I did recently for Everup about mindfulness. Morning routines have always felt essential to me; in the piece I describe my current approaches to meditation and other types of mindfulness.  

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The Moral Compass

I’ve had this theory for several years now about an individual’s ability to change. Now, to be honest, it’s a bit of a depressing theory.  I’d be happy to be wrong. Daniel actually thinks I’m wrong, which is a sliver of hope. My theory goes like this: People are not able to change their moral…

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A Little Bit of Press

Some recent interviews and Q&As we have done: Nightly routines with The Newsette (Scroll to the bottom!)  – climbing, cats, and breve cappuccinos. Talking about underthings and unmentionables with Clementine Daily Sustainable & Super-Simple Underwear Brands with NYT T Magazine Online  

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Translation Choices

I’ve been reading The Hunger Games in translation to Arabic. I’ve never read it before, so it’s quite entertaining.  A few pages in I encountered a reference to an animal I wasn’t familiar with. It appeared to be a barnyard animal, like a pig, from the setting and description. But it was called حيوان مقزز.…

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Language Learning in the Body

This is a cross-post from the website Arabiclanguage.me, which Kifah and I produce together.  Visit the original post for the dual language version! Language Learning In the Body The first two phases of learning a language are listening and speaking. These are physical activities and need to be practiced that way. Much as you do…

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Daily Writing and Daily Habits

I took most of August off from writing here, being wrapped up as I was with various other types of editing, folding, and unfolding of projects. I’m back, with a several-times-per-week post schedule. This year has been about two personal objectives: the first being a restructuring of my thought patterns towards more positivity and optimism.…

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New Family Portraits

When I answered questions for this online piece from T Magazine, I realized that Daniel and I desperately needed some decent headshots and good quasi-professional couple photos. So we plied friend Ryan with wine to press the button, and made some nice pictures.

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Leveling up.

Compromise is a weak position. Relationships based on compromise usually fail. The only position worth aiming for is win-win. Yet we settle for compromise far too often. Our entire political system is built on compromise (and results in pork barrel bills.) (I deliberately do not write about politics, so that’s as far as I’ll go…

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Language on Airplanes

Daniel and I spent a weekend in Montreal recently, at the North American Polyglot Symposium (NAPS) -basically a group of people who are really into learning languages.  Conor Quinn, of Portland renown, gave a really excellent presentation called How to Not Speak English (he’s launching a book soon of the same title.)  In his talk, he…

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The Chrysalis Phase

Once I wrote those words about speaking less they just acted like a magic spell: everything has shifted into a chrysalis phase.  Which is quite pleasant, and very appropriate for travel. We’ve been in beautiful Montreal at the North American Polyglot Symposium (you know, #NAPS).  I like these people. And I’m posting more on-the-go on snapchat 👻…

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Algorithmic Sorting

When facebook changed their feed algorithm, I stopped finding the platform interesting. (circa 2014.) I never was a serious twitter user.  I have a new account and only follow a handful of people, so their algorithm change hasn’t affected me much. I woke up the other day to the obvious flaw of the instagram algorithm change: pictures sixteen…

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On Speaking Carefully

I went to a vegan restaurant once in Los Angeles: the chef was well-known for having taken a vow of silence many years prior. How he ran his restaurant, I don’t know; but it is a compelling story. How does one speak less without making the lives of those around you more complicated? Speech is…

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Books on Creativity

There are a few good books I’ve read about creativity. The first, which I read at a young and impressionable age, is called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I was fifteen or sixteen when I read it, old enough to understand what it was hinting at, but young enough to not have struggled with…

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