Real Work

Real Work

In college I took one philosophy class… and failed. I failed because I didn’t turn in a paper worth a quarter of my grade. I didn’t turn it in because I didn’t feel it would make a real contribution to philosophy. Philosophy already seemed so muddled, I didn’t want to […]

Dictionary

Dictionary

Most new technologies bore me. New ways to listen to music, shop, or access the news… I just can’t seem to care. But some technologies manage to amaze me again and again. Technologies that work well and repeatedly exceed my expectations. The Dictionary that comes with Apple computers is one. […]

Why don’t I go back to school?

Why don’t I go back to school?

Today someone suggested, half joking, that if I’m so interested in health and nutrition perhaps I should go back to school for it. Someone said the same thing when I was immersing myself in gardening and agricultural reform. And about business before that, and philosophy, and psychology… “If you find […]

Consider dropping out of school

Consider dropping out of school

I was camped out at a coffee shop working happily when a friend of mine called to say he was bringing his two nieces by for advice. I wasn’t thrilled but acquiesced. Ten minutes later I was enthralled by our conversation. They were brilliant… or at least on their way. […]

Summer-camp neurosis

Summer-camp neurosis

I happened by a gaggle of kids today who appeared entirely mad — jumping up and down in place, hitting each other, hitting themselves, whooping and screeching pointlessly, blurting out nonsense. One kid, upon seeing me, slurred and swore at me. I thought it might be a day-care of sorts […]