All posts tagged “focus

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

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

Battling Impostor Syndrome

A student came up to me after class and asked about impostor syndrome. I had mentioned in class that one of the main causes of things like plagiarism or bloated writing is insecurity: People are afraid that their writing will be found lacking, and that… Read More

Fixing the Dryer

A few weeks back I went to put a load of laundry in the dryer, and the machine refused to cooperate. The motor started up, but as soon as I released the start button, it cut off. I did what I do most of the… Read More

This is my storyline.

  While listening to a recent episode of The West Wing Weekly, a story that Josh Malina told about a conference he had early during the filming of the show’s fifth season struck a chord with me. Showrunner John Wells told Josh “Here’s the plan… Read More

Heavy Clicky Touchy Feely

I ponied up the money for a mechanical keyboard. I get it. People buy in, hook, line, and sinker to this craze the way marketing used to tell kids shoes would make you run faster and jump higher. But it’s genuinely pleasant. Does having a… Read More