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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