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Declaring one’s intentions can be dangerous. If public announcements don’t fall prey to hollow chest-thumping, they can feel restrictive, like binding contracts incapable of being changed. Noted. And yet I’m willing to accept these risks. I know that sharing my plans can offer some direction for this site’s development. So think of this as a … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 7) ~ What Comes Next: 2020, 2021, & 2022
After moaning for weeks about the finicky elevator in my new apartment, I eventually settled on the perspective that maybe the elevator wasn’t malfunctioning. Or, rather, if it was, it didn’t matter. Granted, many of the technologies I find in Spain are either currently broken, were recently broken, or are fated to be broken soon. … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 6) ~ Lessons Learned: Conviction
At the sagging end of 2020, I’ve begun to appreciate energy management more practically. As a discipline merging the mysteries of mystics with the observations of scientists, it’s not a philosophy that can exist apart from a practice. Despite the challenges that arose during an extended COVID-19 quarantine, I have managed to stumble forward in some ways. While … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 5) ~ Current Challenges: Applying Energy Management
At first glance, my greatest challenge during 2020 appeared to be time management: What should I do with so much free time? Not only did I have the standard summer break for people working in the teaching field, I had an additional two months off after being inactivated from my normal work duties due to … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 4) ~ Current Challenges: Understanding Energy Management
Thanks to the COVID-19 quarantine, I had plenty of free time during 2020 for projects that had long been shelved due to lack of time. This website was one of them. And yet after building it, I was not yet ready for the commitment of publishing regular content. Instead I was quickly consumed by other … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 3) ~ What I’ve Been Up To
After dodging this blog entry over the summer, I recently arrived at the end of my delay while lying on my bed one Sunday afternoon. Staring upward at the hanging ceiling lamp [pictured below], I found motivation the way a big toe stumbles upon a corner of the bed in the middle of the night: … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 2) ~ A Moment of Clarity
Forgive me, Father, for I have— Okay, maybe I’m being just a little dramatic. Eight months after I launched this website in March 2020, I’ve had a modest visit count by most measures. Granted, I’ve shared very little content so far; nor have I made much effort to promote it. Still, the principle remains. Although my infrequent … Continue reading Fall 2020 Blog Update (Part 1) ~ So, Where’s the Content?
Trick or treat? Halloween is paving the way for the United States presidential election this year, deep in the COVID-19 crisis of 2020. Fortunately, as we’re peeling smashed pumpkins from the street, riding a national sugar high in various states of isolation, anxious and uncertain about our future, democracy persists. We remain citizens bound to … Continue reading Halloween & Election Day 2020, Frank Zappa Style: The Torture Never Stops
Can we appreciate a home that we’ve perhaps never truly known? Would we recognise it if we found it? What would it look like? Of course, we can address the question figuratively, wax existential for a quick minute; but in 2020, we can now address the issue experientially. In a time when our homes have … Continue reading Independence Day 2020, Frank Zappa Style: Outside Now
While we reflect on what freedom means to us during the COVID-19 quarantine, it’s a good time to celebrate where we can. For zealous patriots and protestors alike, whatever flag we raise or trample upon the lawn, only fools wait for history to sanctify our losses. If politics, at its best, aims for unity, it … Continue reading Memorial Day 2020, Frank Zappa Style: Chunga’s Revenge
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