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Using Morality to Explain Away Complexity

I’ve been working on noticing the automatic, internal dialogue that occurs between my ears.  Here’s what I heard today, with my thoughts and feelings in response.

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Women Are Crazy!

This refrain– it’s insidious.  I don’t say this to polarize and man-shame. I use it all the time too.  And it’s not untrue, because we’re ALL crazy, if, by crazy, you mean irrational and overly influenced by hidden (and/or visible) emotion.

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Fascination with the Undiscussible

I’ve been fascinated, lately, by what people deem undiscussible. I see it everywhere. I bump into it every day, and by ‘bumping’ I mean that I often don’t see the trigger response coming. Sometimes I bump into it within myself and don’t see it coming! And I wonder…why that? Why is this otherwise inquisitive, self-inspecting human unwilling to broach this topic? What uninspected assumptions are grabbing the steering wheel?

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Poetry, Love, & Other People

I don’t typically read poetry.  Not that I hate it, or dislike it.  Just doesn’t grab me the way a good song or an insightful piece of literature does.  Today I found a poem that did grab me.

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2014 Reading List

Every year I post my book and article reading list from the previous year.  It’s that time.  Here’s what I read in 2014.

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Things That Bring Me Peace & Meaning

My  son, early in his 7th year of life (age 6), is heavily subject to being instrumented by the world around him.  Gary and I suffer endless peals of belligerent claims that ‘he didn’t do it’.  It was the object, the game, the sidewalk, us, that “made him act a certain way.”  God help us get through this developmental phase.

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The Paradox and The Problem

I’ve just finished reading On Dialogue by David Bohm. In one chapter, he makes a distinction between a paradox and a problem.  Now that I’m primed to think about paradox, I’m seeing it everywhere, which prompts me to write. So what’s the difference between a paradox and a problem?  Why do I care?

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Satisfaction, Success & Greatness

Here’s a journal piece I wrote today about some things running around in my mind.

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Remy’s Top 5 at 5

These are the things I want to remember about Remy when he was five. Partly so I can remind him at 15 and he can say, no way I did that and I can reply yes way you did. So anyways. The top 5.

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2013 Reading List

Every year about this time, I transition my books completed and discarded lists to a blog post so I can delete them from my current Reading List page.  Begs the question why I keep the list in the first place.  The answer is twofold.  Most influential is that it makes me feel good to check the box, add to the list, and otherwise visibly denote some method of ‘thing completed.’ It has something to do with a neurotransmitter or two and a lot to do with my personality.  The second reason is that it’s occasionally useful to have a reliable list of those books I read X years ago so I can remember what that title was of that book about whatever topic.  The second reason is admittedly secondary.

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