How to Follow a 1,000 Day Writing Vow When You Are Sick

Recently a fellow blogger reached out to me because of my story about my first 1,000 day vow in Chris Guillebeau’s new book “The Happiness of Pursuit.” She asked me about overcoming fears during such a vow. One of the fears that comes up for me when following a 1,000 day vow (like the current one I am on for writing every day) is of getting so sick that I have to skip a day, and start over from one. Today is a day where I face such a fear. I am fairly sick, and appear to be getting worse. (Doing my best to get better though, upping my water intake, eating healthy food, staying away from sugar, and so on.) So, what is the solution to such a fear? Well my friends, you’re looking at it. I have found … Continue reading

Of World’s Ending and Things

One of my good friends has been on a strong campaign recently to raise awareness of the apparent ecological disaster looming ahead in our near future. I had some thoughts about this, and they ended up going on for a bit, so I’ve decided to make a post about it. The basic thrust is that we humans have, through runaway use of fossil fuels (and other abuses of the environment) touched off a number of “positive feedback” loops that will inevitably lead to the extinction of the human race. (Note, the use of the term “positive” here is in the cold scientific way, meaning that these processes are additive and self-perpetuating, and not positive as in good for us… ) One such loop has to do directly with the rising of the ocean’s temperatures. As the temperatures have risen, especially … Continue reading

Eight Year Old Donald Trump

A decade ago I was in India. I was there with a group of my fellow Aikido students, and our Sensei. We had been bamboozled into going to India for a big Aikido seminar that our Sensei would teach. It was very exciting. Unfortunately we had all bought tickets and made plans with our various employers by the time we realized it was a scam. We decided to go anyways. As it happens we did end up holding an Aikido seminar, at the US embassy in Dehli. But, that is another story. This story is about a chance encounter with the single purest example of entrepreneurial spirit I have ever had. There were twelve of us who made the trip together. We started in Dehli, and visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, and then spent a week in Veranasi. It … Continue reading