Bibliotherapy

I wore this visor everyday in Miami because it was sunny. But I noticed something: people seemed to be treating me differently.  They smiled brighter and wider and looked like maybe we were sharing a joke. I pointed this out to Daniel: “They don’t think I’m some uptight WASP when I’m wearing this hat?!” The reality…

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The Perfect House

 “Well it would be really on the ocean.” I said. “We live on the ocean…I don’t think you can get much closer to the ocean than we already live.” He said. “Ocean without islands. So we could see the open ocean. And the back of the house would be nestled into a mountainside.” I said.…

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The Research Questions (Of My Life)

Or, the risks and benefits of going meta. Because the world is now one of sound-bites (bytes?), abstract thinking or writing is less valued.  If I start a post with a very simple, concrete, and practical statement, it’s more interesting, right? It is. But nevermind that. It occurred to me the other day that I have…

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Groupiness

To revisit the topic from yesterday: popularity as it intersects with clarity, and the choice as to whether to make a work accessible. Yesterday I was writing about translation theory; today the question is more general. We went to art school. Anything that was mainstream (i.e. popular) was not cool to the art students. The same trend…

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Truth and Lies and Belief

Daniel and I had a long conversation last night about lying to yourself. There are times when this is actually, truly, a good idea. Really. “Acting as if” – the structural basis of most programs for habit change- is just lying to yourself. You are not afraid, you can cope without alcohol or cigarettes, you believe…

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What is this called?

There is this philosophical construct that I call, in my head, non-resistance.  It goes something like: Consciousness in the flow. No resistance or struggle in thought patterns. The first step to knowing how, intuitively, when to do any specific activity or task. I thought this idea came from Buddhism, but I can’t seem to find a reference…

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Habit Types

I’m interested in the connection between thought habits and physical habits.  Most of research on habits is done with physical habits: smoking, drinking, and eating, because they are easy to measure.  Changing physical habits also requires changing thought habits, but the process is assisted by that nice clean measuring stick: it’s black or white as to whether you’ve…

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The Hierarchy of Needs

You’ve no doubt heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Described in A Theory of Human Motivation (first published in 1943), Maslow names a series of needs that human beings strive to fulfill. They are: physiological : food and water safety love esteem self-actualization Maslow’s theory is that people work to meet these needs in order, and the higher order…

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Spring HouseKeeping

I’ve been writing this blog since 2008.  Prior to that, I had another one that I deleted- so I’ve been writing in some form or another online since the early 2000s.  The subject matter of my writing has changed over the years, of course.  When I set this blog up, I fully intended to write…

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