Meditations, V, 10

In such darkness then and dirt and in such constant flux both of substance and of time, and of motion and of things moved, where there is that is worth being highly prized or even and object of serious pursuit, I cannot imagine. But on the contrary it is a man’s duty to comfort himself […]

Meditations, IV, 49

Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it. “I am unhappy, because this has happened to me.” Not so: say “I am happy, though this has happened to me, because I continue free from pain, neither crushed by the present […]

The Summing up

This is the last page from my great-great grandfathers self-published autobiography, which he finished in 1955 at the age of 94 (he lived to 103, like his son, my great-grandfather). In looking over the preceding pages I am impressed by the fact that all that has been said refers to things that have been done, […]

Writer’s block

I’ve set a goal for myself to write at least one post a day, even a short one. It took a really long time to think of something this morning, and I never really came upon any interesting ideas. It did occur to me, however, that I’m in the middle of a (very) delayed writer’s […]

Hugh Laurie is a master

One of life’s great pleasure is to watch people be really good at things. I was enthralled by Michael Jordan when I was a boy. No one could touch him, and it seemed like magic to me, but I was really passionate about basketball for a long time because of that. (If you want a […]

Being principled

“If principles do not lead to growth, find new principles.” For my whole life, until a few months ago, I didn’t realize I was an extremely negative person. It didn’t show to most people, because I’ve learned to be painfully polite over the years. A lot of this had to do with principles (or assumptions, […]

Reading list

2016 was a year a deep reflection and (hopefully) growth for me. One of the reasons for this was the change I made from reading fiction to reading what you might call self-improvement and business literature. However, some of the last fiction I read was Michael Crichton, who is one of the most informed science […]


Nemisis A short story based on a post.   Dear world, I need you to know. Before Harry, it’s actually hard to remember what life was like. I floated through life, as so many of us do, not wanting to think much about where I was floating to. After undergrad, I found some sales […]