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Three Things

Three things cannot be retrieved: The arrow once sped from the bow, The word spoken in haste The missed opportunity. — Idries Shah, “Caravan of Dreams,” citing Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam Don’t make a threat that you’re not willing to make good on. And think over your words; only fools believe that people […]

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On Writing

Writing isn’t just for writers. It isn’t just for school, either. Writing is a tool for thinking. You don’t control your thoughts. They rise from a weird combination of past experiences and held knowledge interacting with the environment. You cannot think about what you’re going to think in advance of thinking about it. Yes, it […]

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How To Find A Good Physician

Here’s something that no-one wants to talk about: physicians are regular people. We like to put doctors on a pedestal because they are in charge of our health, and we’re like to feel that our health is in the hands of the best, but the best are very few, and it’s improbable that you’ll be […]

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Not Another Steve Jobs Essay: Of Turtlenecks and Mindfulness

The anecdote goes like this: this famous person had a closet full of black turtleneck shirts. The point was to have one less decision to make at the start of the day.  But why is that important? It’s often assumed that it was so that this smart dude could hit the ground running, pondering incredibly […]

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A Bad Plan Is Better Than No Plan At All

When the world comes crashing around us, there’s often not enough time or presence of mind to come up with the even most basic response. If you have a bad plan, you’re off to a head start when compared to the version of you who doesn’t have a plan. Consider stuff that is bad enough […]