Little islands of life

I like to take breaks at work to walk around and think, but it was raining so I walked around in the parking garage. With springtime arriving, the spiders are out in force, and I noticed that nearly every overhead light I walked under was surrounded and covered in spiderwebs, with multiple spiders clearly visible--a …

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Thought is a luxury we should not take for granted.

Sometimes we all feel like we have no time to relax and think. But imagine for a moment a field worker or a miner or any other manual laborer, living just a couple centuries ago. Such a person probably didn't know how to read, or not how to read for enjoyment. They worked day all …

I miss Thinking

In my late teens I used to go sit in all night cafe's by myself and think for hours on end. I imagined ways in which the world could work, other universes, strange consciousness, other creatures, alien landscapes--all without a smartphone or even a book. Just free refills of coffee and my imagination. I miss …

Alternate Worlds: in which sleeping you is the real you

When you are asleep, your mind is at its true potential, in full conscious awareness, contemplating higher thoughts and imagining the truth of the universe. While you are 'awake' you stumble through life hardly aware of anything but your immediate surroundings, and your 'sleeping' self has no time for this you, only even thinking about …

Late night thoughts

Somewhere, there is a tree growing which will some day be cut down and made into your coffin. No one will ever truly know you, but you. The person you love most in the world has secrets they will take to their grave, kept even from you. The things people do for love, when done …

Just stop thinking

I read this article about writer and writing teacher Kathryn Harrison, who offers the advice to her students "just stop thinking." I find this to be terrific advice. Thinking is the bane of most creative activities, and I say this as a proponent of science and learning and understanding on all fronts. Think before you …