Bill Burr has a bit in one of his stand-up performances where he talks about his temper and his wife lectures him, saying “I don’t understand where this is coming from. You go from zero to a hundred in like two seconds.” And he responds, “First of all, I idle at seventy-five, so it’s not … Continue reading Harmony from Zero to a Hundred
Albert Einstein once said, “Nothing happens until something moves.” The romantic notion of doing something is quite a nice experience. It’s comfortable, as we imagine sharing fish stew with our Sherpa at basecamp. It’s seductive, as we daydream from our home, our office, and our car. In the movie, The Secret Life of Walter … Continue reading Life isn’t Something to Get Through. It’s to Live.
I handed the crumpled piece of notebook paper to my first-grade teacher. It wasn’t homework or an assignment. It was just something I wrote, while sitting in the rumble seat of my parent’s Buick station wagon. “Oh my God; this is a poem”, she said. Something about the lightness of day and the darkness of … Continue reading Hey. Hey! The Universe is Talking to You.
“The best laid plans of mice and men go often askew and leave us nothing but grief and pain”. In 1785, Scottish poet, Robert Burns wrote, “To a Mouse”, addressing the small creature as a fellow mortal. In the poem, a farmer’s plow ruins this mouse’s nest in December, at the crack of winter. He … Continue reading Guilt, Worry, and Our Best Laid Plans
“Pop quiz hotshot. There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?!” We can recite movie lines with no notice. That quote is right there, ready to go. We can … Continue reading Pencils Down!