How am I not myself?

Ever since I started using streaming music services, I’ve wondered about how much of my listening choices have been shaped by the service. Am I really listening to what I want to, or have I been going with the algorithm’s flow, listening to minor variations… Read More

Other uses for seeds that don’t sprout

This morning, I watched a squirrel eating helicopter seeds off the ground. Look, when your mind latches on to an analogy, and the world around you seems to be prompting you, just run with it. The tree made the seeds to try and grow more… Read More

On continuing to try

Out for a run this morning, I watched a helicopter seed spiral out of a tree and land on the concrete. Nothing will come of that seed. It has nowhere left to go. But the tree has hundreds more seeds to drop, just waiting for… Read More

The One Where I Write About Depression

At the beginning of this year, my four-year-old daughter was interrogating me at the breakfast table. Sprout: What did you want to be when you were a kid? Me: When I was about your age, I wanted to be a paleontologist and dig up dinosaur… Read More

Clean Your Plate

Picture yourself in a restaurant. The server hands you a menu and lets you know they’ll check back in a few minutes to see if you’ve decided on what to eat. You look over the available options and make a choice. When the server returns… Read More