"life" Tag Archive

April 26, 2016 » A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Excerpts from Jose A. Alcantara’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, via Mark Leach: If you have a compass, smash it. Nothing can point you to true anything, let alone true north. Besides — and never forget this — you are trying to get lost. You may be gone for a long time so be […]

March 29, 2016 » A Shift in Perspective

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of finally meeting Ed Batista, someone whose work I’ve been following and whose writing I’ve been admiring for many, many years. Ed suggested we walk through the Presidio, a lush, expansive park and former Army base overlooking the ocean and the Bay on the northwest side of San Francisco. I […]

January 13, 2016 » Change the World by Being Your Best Self

I was running late for a meeting Monday morning, which meant taking the bus wouldn’t cut it, so I called a Lyft Line. A driver named Rich (pictured above) picked me up. There were already two people in the back seat, so I got into the front passenger seat. Rich was warm and chatty, and […]

January 1, 2016 » 365 Photos Project: By the Numbers

I made and shared one photograph every day last year. It was an amazing experience, and at some point, I’d like to share what I learned and what it all meant. For now, here are some numbers from the project. I made 365 photographs. 70% were candids. 47% were made outdoors. 50% had people in […]

December 31, 2015 » Seinfeld and Obama on Staying Grounded by Keeping It About the Work

Jerry Seinfeld’s episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Barack Obama is predictably great. I highly recommend watching the whole 20 minutes. I particularly enjoyed the exchanges on maintaining perspective. Seinfeld teased Obama about this throughout, asking him questions about his underwear, emotional eating, raising the heat in the White House, and other stuff […]

October 14, 2015 » Time

Over dinner, my 11-year old nephew, Elliott, felt inspired to write. This is what he shared: Time is what makes the universe age. It is what makes us grow up and pass away. You cannot stop it or go back in it. Time is not good or bad. It is time. Nothing else. Time will […]

October 4, 2015 » Make Something. Don’t Be Nice.

I’m a private person. Over the years, I’ve found a nice balance between living and working openly while maintaining personal boundaries. I’m consistently surprised by the benefits of being selectively open and vulnerable in public. My Photo-A-Day project has pushed these boundaries. On the one hand, I’m not that excited by how much I’ve shared […]

June 19, 2015 » Serendipity

Exactly one year ago today, I was on a plane back home to San Francisco, some combination of grumpy and elated. I was exploring the possibility of doing some work with the RE-AMP Network and had made the last-minute decision to attend its annual meeting in Chicago. I was busy and stressed from other work, […]

February 6, 2015 » Obama: Keeping It About the Work

President Barack Obama on the time he felt most broken, from his interview with Humans of New York: I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot […]

January 31, 2015 » To Practice Any Art Is a Way to Make Your Soul Grow

From Kurt Vonnegut’s September 22, 2003 speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (via Richa Agarwal): I realize that some of you may have come in hopes of hearing tips on how to become a professional writer. I say to you, “If you really want to hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to […]

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