A New Story, a short story, by Mosfet Magazine:

“The red hatchback was loaded with everything she would need for the trip: A suitcase of clothes, a few boxes of books, cooler of food, laptop and chargers, ammo and shotgun.”

F*ck Your Perfectionism by Mark Manson:

“For someone who was always prattling on about holding himself to high standards, and wanting to achieve excellence, blah, blah, blah — he actually didn’t get very much done.”

The substance of things by Rebecca Toh:

All my life I have had the habit of liking the idea of things and not the thing itself. Only in recent years am I learning to like something for the thing itself.

The Pinging by Seth Godin:

A friend left her phone near me. Over the next half hour, it pinged and chirped.

I felt myself getting anxious and a little antsy…

These were not pings for me, not on my phone. They weren’t sounds that my phone even makes.

It doesn’t matter.

I never met Frosty, but something tells me he was all right.

from the cemetery in Terlingua, TX

The paradox of struggle from The Daily Dad:

Struggle makes us who we are, yet we wouldn’t wish it on our kids.

In which Mark Manson argues that goals are good until they’re not

A snippet about why we think the world is full of horrible people from Mark Manson’s newsletter

Confession: I once wrote an instruction manual for using a chimney starter for a technical writing class, but I almost always have problems starting my fire with a chimney starter.

I am a fraud.

Giving micro.blog a shot

Who knows how long I’ll stick around with micro.blog. I have a habit of moving my site from host to host lately. But so far I like what I see, so it’s worth a shot.

📝 If you’re looking to brush up on your writing skills, I recommend Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order on Coursera. Patrick Barry gets writing on multiple levels.

📝 Video: What makes a word “real”?

The Protégé Effect - Why teaching someone else is the best way to learn:

Students enlisted to tutor others, these researchers have found, work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively.

Related video

🎙How Big Tech Kicked Parler Offline from The Journal.

Even if removing Parler from the internet was the right thing to do, there’s still reason for concern.

📝 Alliteration + The Rule of Three = Awesome

📝 I recently learned “The Animal Farm Principle” for productivity:

All hours are equal, but some hours are more equal than others.

My favorite picture I took when I visited Oregon in 2018

The fort and the father and daughter make me think of The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

🎙 Podcast recommendation: Hidden Brain

Episode: Waiting Games

A look at how waiting can be torturous and how we can better handle the uncertainty

📝 A short video explaining why words matter

📝 Passive Resistance - A short article in which Steven Pinker argues that passive voice ain’t all bad

Throwback to the early days of the pandemic when Cottontail Joe would drop in the backyard and say hey.

I wonder where he is, who he’s with, if he thinks of me…

Interesting thoughts from Mark Manson about the relationship between culture and the internet

📝 Check out Good with Words on Coursera if you’re looking for a class to help you brush up on your writing. Patrick Barry is the kind of professor I wish I had taken in college.

Every Day is Significant

Every day is significant. No day is more special than any other because every day is one that will never repeat.