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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Life, family, and everything else | 46 comments

In Defense of Actual Coffee

In Defense of Actual Coffee

 

Coffee is to writers what rum and parrots are to pirates. Legend has lifted it from comforting warm beverage to  mystical elixir, muse in liquid form, something that one can absolutely NOT think creative thoughts and do creative things without.

This has helped create a generation of coffee drinkers who secretly do not like coffee. You know who you are. You, the person with the pumpkin-pomegranate soy frappuccino mustache on your upper lip. You, who adulterate your espresso with syrups and sprinkles and ingredients that belong in a chemistry lab, and then have the audacity to pretend as if you’re drinking it for the poor, mangled 1/64th of coffee bean that exists somewhere in that exotic mess. 

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Life, family, and everything else | 29 comments

The Importance of Being Still

The Importance of Being Still

 

I think about a lot of things.

I think about books—books I’m writing, books I’m reading, books you couldn’t pay me to read. I think about chicken salad and guitar intros.

I think about frustrations, regrets, mistakes, and lessons I would rather not have learned. Way too often, I think about what other people think about me.

But right now it’s somewhere around ten PM, and I’m not really thinking about anything. 

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Life, family, and everything else, Music | 18 comments

Why Teaching Can Be the Best Form of Learning

Why Teaching Can Be the Best Form of Learning

 

When I was much younger, my mother always told me that I should consider becoming a music teacher when I grew up.

 

I was giving my younger brother violin lessons at the time, somewhat against my will, and the idea of doing that ALL day EVERY day was violently opposed by my thirteen-year-old self. No, Mom, I will not be a music teacher. I will sooner put my violin in the microwave, I will sooner cut off my pinkies and donate them to Goodwill than be a music teacher. 

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Humor, Life, family, and everything else | 34 comments

Life Lessons From a Mole Cricket

Life Lessons From a Mole Cricket

 

Being human comes with several large disadvantages.

It means you make stupid mistakes, repeatedly and often. It means that your ability to get projects accomplished is severely hampered by an irrational need to sleep for seven hours out of twenty-four. It means being embarrassed, disappointed, frustrated, and hurt.

But even at its worst, being human is generally better than several alternatives. Like being a mole cricket, for instance. 

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