‘In Common’ Category

February 11 2016

Under a Rock

photo by Bob Ribokas, http://www.kaibab.org

Went over like a lead balloon, struck out, bottomless hole, long goodbye, imprisoned by grief, fallen house of cards, flame went out, losing game, dead end, popped bubble, sea of tears: there are countless metaphors for failure and loss....

November 4 2015

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. This line occurs to me as when I feel like expressing a particular kind of mood. The words resonate with how I feel, but I confess...

October 12 2015

Bulletproof: Fiction and Fact

Five years ago, if you’d told me that the key to a more joyous life was to become more vulnerable; the key to wanting less pain was welcoming more pain; the key to...

August 17 2015

Unconditional Friendliness

Self-talk is a complicated beast. In a lot of ways, it feels like one of the most private acts in which I can engage.  Nobody can overhear it.  Nobody can contradict me if...

July 27 2015

A Forlorn Love Letter to Young Parents

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When I was young, I’d say all the way up into my 20s, I had this image of Parents as a pretty monolithic group.  With rare exceptions, they: knew everything; had whatever I...

July 13 2015

Hi! “Nice” to “meet” “you”

There are a lot of experts out there who have good ideas on what you should measure, why it’s important, and what you can do to make your numbers better. These are pretty smart ways of evaluating what can seem like ephemeral results. This concept of quantifying an inherently qualitative activity has got me wondering: Why do we like to measure things so much?

June 25 2015

Diagnosing Confirmation Bias: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Do you have confirmation bias? What should you do if you have it?? Let’s find out!