Archive for the “Notebook” category

Confessions of a recovering asshole, or, how I learned to stop worrying (literally) and love prescription stimulants

by admin on April 29, 2011

This post is 40 years in the making, yet four weeks ago I had no idea it would exist. I have been delivered from distraction and freed from the crippling anxiety and depression that I always assumed was the typical (…)

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An interesting practice

by admin on February 19, 2011

I recently re-watched the PBS documentary on the life of the Buddha and was reminded of a powerful practice. Poet Jane Hirshfield discusses The Buddha’s first attempt to teach after gaining enlightenment. He meets a wandering ascetic who asks Buddha, (…)

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Twenty Ten in pictures

by admin on December 31, 2010

I had a lot of fun in 2010. In January, I… Started walking 30 minutes per day, took my son to get a haircut, saw my daughter tie her shoe for the first time without help, and played in the (…)

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Advice for would-be pro bloggers

by admin on October 11, 2010

Prepare to work your ass off for a long, long time. Long time.

Paying attention now because someday I’ll be dead

by admin on September 27, 2010

I recently watched Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality 1 and it has affected me. Specifically, the combination of the movie’s subject matter — my inevitable and ever-nearer demise — and Thích Nhất Hạnh‘s words allowed me to finally “get” (…)

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Writing assignment – Your father’s music

by admin on September 18, 2010

Inspired by Patrick Rhone. “David, we’re late,” my mother says, stuffing me into cold weather clothes. Before I can reply she’s whirling around the kitchen grabbing lunchboxes, backpacks and her own coat and hat with the dexterity of a quick-change (…)

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My vinyl

by admin on August 13, 2010

A brief exchange with my friend Lisa Johnson on Twitter got me thinking about my record library. It’s not a big collection, but I’m proud of it and I feel I’ve got some gems. What’s the use in keeping it (…)

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Negative reinforcement is not punishment [Updated]

by admin on August 3, 2010

Update: Incredibly, the day after I published this post, Dr. Lovaas died. I devoted a large part of my professional life to his teachings and came away a better person for it. I met Dr. Lovaas once and found him (…)

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A note to America’s cashiers

by admin on July 30, 2010

I interact with many of you daily. As I approach your workstation, purchases in hand, I’ve got to make a quick decision. It’s one that I’d rather avoid and, with your help, will disappear entirely. Much like the driver approaching (…)

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