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Entering Romania

After an hour circling Budapest trying to find the superhighway, we drove east across dry plains to the border with Romania. Clouds piled up behind the line of security stations. My friend Loren, his head bare, sniffling and coughing, drank water from a 1.5 liter supermarket bottle, and with each swallow I thought: How. Can. […]

One Day in September

I jumped in the water cold water I swam in a circle not a small circle! I fought the current something that might seem like a battle but I held the water’s hand and it pulled me I pulled myself harder faster I felt free not for the first time for the first time I […]

Enjoy your holiday

As I was walking through town one day with a friend, a couple passed us going the other way. They must have seen our glow, as they looked over and shouted: “Enjoy your holiday!” Of course, they had no idea whether we were on holiday or not. And that is exactly my point. Business or pleasure? One life. AASB, […]

Situational Awareness

One of the first things I remember learning from my father is that you don’t stop in the middle of the trail. If you need to stop to drink some water or tie your shoes, step aside so that people coming along behind you aren’t forced to stop along with you.  This was a basic […]

Nothing’s Shocking

Why waste time being shocked? Fear comes from unfamiliarity. We may choose to reject certain actions of others, but we should not be surprised at the extent of human action. Anything that has been imagined has been done, and everything that will be imagined will be done. It is impossible to stop the march of […]

As Above, So Below

This ancient phrase – a real occult classic – is attributed to the “Emerald Tablet“, a bit of lost (or invented) arcana that was of great interest to an eclectic series of early alchemists, philosophers and scientists including Aleister Crowley and Issac Newton, who produced the canonical English translation. AASB succinctly encapsulates the idea that “man is the counterpart of God on […]

Don’t Keep Money In The House

I was in Poland not long ago on a bit of a wild goose chase and as I was preparing to return home, I went looking for a book to read on the plane. I found an English bookstore and the book that fell into my hands was Nicolai Lilin’s brilliant Siberian Education, his memoir […]

Upgrade everything

This is not a plea, or permission, for indulgence. While I do enjoy a bit of deluxe now and then, simple things usually do just fine. It’s better to have fewer things, especially since you pay rent on everything you own. I’m talking about a different kind of upgrade. If something is not running smoothly in your life […]

Words are Magic

Turn left three times Don’t keep money in the house Upgrade everything As above, so below Nothing’s shocking Enjoy your holiday Always Ready Language is magic. We encode wisdom, invent worlds, share our dreams and weave spells with language. Need help finding the right words to capture an idea or a feeling? I love explaining, translating, editing, naming, […]

Not perfectly informed

I like being informed but not perfectly informed. These days it’s very easy to get nearly perfect information. Google Maps is comprehensive and up-to-the-minute. TripAdvisor covers the planet, as does AirBnb and Uber. If you’re just about anywhere you can buy a local SIM card, turn on cellular roaming, and never get lost or have a bad meal. It’s […]

Turn Left Three Times

One of my personal maxims is Turn Left Three Times. Tom Stoppard wrote eloquently about this in his play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: “A man breaking his journey between one place and another at a third place of no name, character, population or significance, sees a unicorn cross his path and disappear. That in itself is […]