Five Points – 51

Logging Off In One Week –

I mentioned last week that I will be ending the writing of my blog in this format next week, rounding out a year / 52 posts.

I will also be logging off of social media indefinitely.  It’s not good for me…the way I’ve been using it: as an escape…a distraction from that which is important…the easy path.

At the end of a long day, it has been so easy to lay around and scroll with no purpose in mind at the firehose of drivel.  No learning.  Very few kernels that make actually feel better.  The echo is deafening.  Holy smokes, it’s 11:37pm…where did the night go?

I then started to watch the actual amount of time I spent on my phone (via the iPhone’s new update – Screen Time) and found myself horrified.

So, I’m giving it a break.

All that to say, one can find me via email or text…or better, a call or FaceTime…and best, in person.

In between more meaningful conversations and visits, I will be diligently working on a number of projects, some new and some old, that deserve more of my focused attention.


Where The Wild Things Are Secret Forest Camp –

I mentioned that I built an Airbnb on my property out of a vintage Airstream camper a few months ago.

I’m proud that I’ve just been awarded ‘Super Host’ status as a result of receiving 4.8 out of 5 stars after hosting 50+ guests.  I really enjoy being able to enjoy this magical property with interesting travelers.  I consider myself more of a guardian of this forest, than I do the owner, as it most certainly be around longer than I.  So, I feel it is my obligation to care for it and protect it and most importantly, share it.

Please consider visiting if you find yourself in and around Nashville.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21641468


Amazon –

I’ve been saying that I believed Amazon was coming to Nashville since they announced that a second headquarters or HQ2 was being selected somewhere in the United States 14 months ago.

I thought Nashville was an good choice for several reasons:

  • Tennessee has no income tax, like Washington State.
  • Nashville is situated nearly equidistant to Memphis and Atlanta, which are the global headquarters for FedEx and UPS, respectfully.  Fun fact:  One of the reasons these shipping and logistics headquarters are here is that Middle Tennessee/North Western Georgia experience the lowest number of days per year that the airports are closed due to weather and are in the center of the country weighted for population. Plus, 80% of the population of the US is with a day’s drive.  The shipping logistics support in this region can not be understated.
  • They need to be a place that young people = employees want to be.
  • They need to be in a place that is interested in and has the ability to support growth.

Amazon announced this week that they have chosen not one, but two additional headquarters and a logistics hub.  Washington DC and New York city will get the larger offices, and Nashville will get the smaller third outfit.

It will be the largest single infusion of jobs in the Tennessee’s history and will make a serious impact.  1 million+ square feet of new office space downtown will provide room for 5,000 high skilled employees averaging $150,000+ per year.  That will equal approximately 1 out of every 200 people working downtown.  This a MUCH larger impact than what NYC and DC will experience and from that perspective, it would not have been possible to have the larger offices headquartered here.  Bezoz is smart by running three races instead of one…folks are protesting in the streets in NYC over the announcement, so having alternate opportunities makes a lot of sense.  Real estate prices have already begun to move northward and this trend will rapidly increase as hiring starts next year.  Having such a successful firm headquartered here will further insulate the region from the inevitable recession that most certainly will follow our national boom.

Read the full announcement here – https://blog.aboutamazon.com/company-news/amazon-selects-new-york-city-and-northern-virginia-for-new-headquarters


Quote I’m Pondering –

“What is success?

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The newsletter this week highlights the American Music Licensing Collective, a contender to fill in the board seats for the MMA’s Music Licensing Collective. The newly formed group was founded by several music industry professionals to help rights holders get paid. Many more contenders are to be announced as the US Register of Copyrights begins the implementation process of the licensing collective. Secondly, UMG is showing solid Q3 earnings, and its parent company Vivendi is planning to launch a bank selection process to find potential partners to earn a 50% stake in UMG. Liberty Media is highly interested, it appears. And Sony Corp is now the sole owner of EMI Music Publishing, as the deal was officially finalized this week for $2.3 billion.  Now, the details…

Exploration Weekly – First MLC Contender Emerges / Vivendi to Select Banks for UMG Sale / Sony Finalizes EMI Takeover

Five Points – 50

Curtain Close –

Today marks the 50th edition of Five Point Fridays.  I intend on writing only two more stanzas, rounding out a year of publishing in this format.

I’ve given this weekly exercise a lot of thought as of late:

  • What is my intention
  • What is the benefit
  • What is the the cost
  • What do I learn

I’ll expound of these ideas in the final two editions.

Part of the impetus in this direction can be learned from this podcast episode from Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss.

Important take aways include discussion and perspective on

  • How Seth deals with overwhelm
  • How Seth chooses projects
  • How to say “no” to the unimportant and set boundaries
  • Long work vs. hard work
  • The world’s worst boss (spoiler – it’s you)


Space X Satellite Constellation –

Space X filed for another satellite permit with the FCC this week – https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-MOD-20181108-00083

This video shows a cool animation and explanation as to how they may encircle the earth and provide very low latency, broadband internet service.  I welcome alternatives to the current providers of telephone and internet service.


Deaf Moths Use “Acoustic Camouflage” to Evade Echolocation –

According to new research, the fuzz you see on the chest of moths is specifically designed to muffle sound and protect them from bats.

The abstract from the The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America is pretty interesting.  Vice Motherboard has a bit more information that some may find a bit more consumable.


What I’m Listening To – 

I found myself visiting the old skool this past week with some classic hip hop.

Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G. – https://youtu.be/_JZom_gVfuw
Regulate – Warren G ft. Nate Dogg – https://youtu.be/1plPyJdXKIY
C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan – https://youtu.be/PBwAxmrE194
It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube – https://youtu.be/h4UqMyldS7Q
Ready or Not – The Fugees – https://youtu.be/fa0IAvcDne0


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This week focuses on two separate launches made by Spotify and Apple Music. The former came out with an analytics tool, specifically for music publishers, so that they could grab information around how a certain song or songwriter is doing on the platform. The latter also launched a Preferred Distributors List, a three-tier program sorted by Preferred Plus, Preferred, and Approved. Lastly, YouTube Content ID has paid out a whopping $3 billion in ad revenue to content creators in a recent report by Google. That’s up from $2 billion in 2016.  Now, the details…

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Five Points – 49

First Fall in Tennessee –

It sure is nice for the weather to have broken.  I remarked to a friend last week that living in Los Angeles for so long made me forget the seasons a bit…having perfect weather everyday, year round, can take the urgency out of things, as it’ll be nice again tomorrow.

I believe there is something innate to most living organisms, spurred by the seasons, to get after it…to work to prepare for the winter…to work to be able to enjoy the literal fruits of the summer…and all of those facets of life in between that make it all worth living.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpnDsoghqT4/


The Story Behind Michelin Stars –

This is as much a story of incredible food as it is ingenious marketing and acute business acumen – http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181024-the-ingenious-story-behind-michelin-stars

In a nut shell, the Michelin brothers reviewed wonderful restaurants, in the hopes folks would want to travel to visit them…and need tires to get there.


Falcon 9 Launch –

This short gif of the Space X Falcon 9 launch over Los Angeles is pretty awesome – https://i.imgur.com/UDS9eiQ.gifv


What I’m Listening To – 

Ben Folds composes a song live for the National Symphony Orchestra in about 10 minutes – https://youtu.be/BytUY_AwTUs


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The European Commission’s latest approval of Sony Corp’s plans to fully acquire EMI Music Publishing for $4.75 billion. SoundCloud has also made amendments to its agreement contract for artists that sign up to the company’s direct monetization service, Premier. This follows after it received criticism for making statements that those who agree cannot sue SoundCloud over any disputes. And lastly, Google Home and Spotify have partnered up. In light of this, Spotify will be giving away a Google Home Mini smart speaker to those who own a Premium for Family subscription until December 31 of this year.  Now, the details…

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Five Points – 48

41 –

Many thanks for the birthday wishes 😎 I’m happy and excited about life, studying mistakes from the past, and ever grateful to those I hold dear – I wouldn’t want to be on the journey without you. I have always been captivated by prime numbers and that this is the 13th (also prime) prime probably means that the Moon is in metrograde, or something.. put one in the air for me at 41 times around the sun 🌄

I’m fortunate to have been able to fly airplanes on nearly every birthday since I was 15.  This year was super special in that I’m celebrating with some of my best friends in Hawaii and was able to fly over the Kīlauea volcano caldera, seen in the back ground. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C4%ABlauea 



Bad Things Decreasing from Hans Rosling’s book Factfulness –  


Illusions Of The Year –

2018 First prize
Kokichi Sugihara: “Triply Ambiguous Object”. Japan

Top 10 finalists in the 2018 Contest – http://illusionoftheyear.com/cat/top-10-finalists/2018/


What I’m Listening To – 

Alt J – NPR Tiny Desk Concert https://youtu.be/8zHdLF3-coA 


I’ve had their Taro on repeat since I found this concert – https://youtu.be/S3fTw_D3l10


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Five Points – 47

Sears – 

Sears filed for bankruptcy on Monday.  Founded after the Civil War, the original Sears, Roebuck & Company developed a catalog business that sold the latest dresses, toys, build-it-yourself houses and even tombstones. The company was, in many ways, an early version of Amazon.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/business/sears-bankruptcy-filing-chapter-11.html

This is an interesting article on the history of shopping in the modern era, with 4 distinct stanzas – https://www.city-journal.org/brief-history-shopping-16232.html

I found this perspective very interesting as well: How the Sears Catalog Undermined White Supremacy in the Jim Crow South – https://kottke.org/18/10/how-the-sears-catalog-undermined-white-supremacy-in-the-jim-crow-south


Paper Airplanes –

They are just a lot of fun to make and fly!!  And super easy…well, most designs are.  I recently found this database of designs and have tried a few.  Perfect to have on hand as the holidays approach.

https://www.foldnfly.com



Vote – 

Everything you need to vote: https://www.vote.org

***

If you are planning on voting in this election in Tennessee here are some things you should know:

– This is a close race, your vote will make a difference…no matter what side you choose to support

– Uber and Lyft are both offering free rides to the polls.

– ID Requirements: You DO need an ID, but the ID CAN be expired.

– Voting Leave From Work

Tennessee law requires employers to provide employees with a reasonable amount of paid time off to vote up to three (3) hours. To be eligible, an employee:

must not have three (3) or more hours before their shift begins or after their shift ends in which to vote while polls are open, and request the paid voting leave by twelve o’clock (12:00) noon on the day prior to the vote or election.

***

So, you’re committed to vote!  A few things to remember:

– asking other people who are not involved in the campaigns of those people running for office is a good way to learn how to vote.  It can be as easy as asking folks in a text message, email, or on social media, “What do the candidates that are running stand for and how will it affect me as a citizen”? It is important to note here that when asking this question, that one let the person whom is being asked know that you are simply curious and interested in being informed.  Politics can be an incredibly heated subject, so letting them know that you are just trying to learn can be a good way of allowing them to be honest with you, without feeling treatened because of their view.  Now, once they explain their perspective, it is critical not to judge them for their views, that you honor your promise to just be collecting information. Once you have done your surveys and collected the information, you can develop your own perspective and vote accordingly.

– voting is anonymous.  That means that your friends and family and neighbors and everyone else will not know who you voted for unless you tell them.  In that spirit, it is totally ok to decline to talk about politics and who you voted for.

– Discussing politics often times gets folks really engaged and passionate…and upset!  Part of this comes as a result of feeling as though the person we are talking to just doesn’t understand our perspective and worse, that by voting for someone other than whom I might be voting for, that the person I’m speaking with is ‘against ME’ or ‘on the other side’.  It is important to remember that this doesn’t have to be true and it takes patience and acceptance to remain objective in this scenario, but it is totally worth it.

John Wesley offered some good advice in 1774 that a great reminder:

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”


Pondering In The Face Of Hardship – 

It was nearly 15 years ago and I’d recently been laid off from a job. I’d taken a temp position and found myself working in an environment I really did not want to be in: serving frozen nutty bars at the entrance to the Mummy ride at Universal City theme park.  One could see it all over my face and I acted like it…and that’s when an older fellow whom also temped for the same company (so he could go on auditions during the day) came over to me with a piece of guidance I’ll never forget:  “Find the love, Aaron.  No, you probably do not want to be here, but all those folks that have come from far and wide to be here at the theme park, especially the children, deserve better than you are giving them.  So, my suggestion is to embrace what you’re unhappy about and find the love, so you can turn around your outlook.”  I did immediately and it worked.

I recently found this bit from the final passages of Billie Jean King’s memoir about embracing hardship and finding the love in the little things espcially apropos.

***

But more important now, I must think in terms of very specific goals and realities. Of course, I can just say I want to win all three — the singles, doubles, and mixed. Easy to say and easy to want, but so difficult to execute. How can I do it? More than anything else, I must love everything that is part and parcel of the total Wimbledon scene. I must love hitting that little white ball; love every strain of running and bending those tired knees; love every bead of sweat; love every cloud or every ray of sun in the sky; love every moment of tension, waiting in the locker room; love the lack of total rest every night, the hunger pains during the day, taking a bath in my favorite tub, buying lollies for the ball boys, looking at the ivy and the trees and the flower arrangements, driving through Roehampton on the way to the courts every morning, practicing on the outside court with your stomach in your throat before the match; love watching people queue, knowing some of them have waited twenty years to experience one day at the Wimbledon; love playing on the Fourth of July, talking with Mrs. Twyman, having a rubdown, hearing the women talk (or not talk), and feeling the tension in the air, running up to the tea room through the crowds; love feeling and absorbing the tradition of almost one hundred years.

In essence, I have to possess enough passion and love to withstand all the odds. No matter how tough, no matter what kind of outside pressure, no matter how many bad breaks along the way, I must keep my sights on the final goal, to win, win, win — and with more love and passion than the world has ever witnessed in any performance. A total, giving performance: give more when you think you have nothing left. Through the desire the inspiration will be present. Love, passion, attitude, ability, intensity — the only way, a street with no curves or cul-de-sacs. I must let my inner self be out front and free. Love always.

***

The take away: amor fati


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Five Points – 46

Wolves – 

Anyone that has caught a glimpse of my Instagram knows I love my dog.  I have always loved dogs and truly believe them to be man’s best friend.

And I am also captivated by wolves.  I find them to be so powerful and majestic and independent.  If spirit animals are a thing, the wolf is definitely mine.

Here’s a little wolf love for the week:

What would you do if you pulled over to take a call and saw this enormous canus lupus specimen checking you out?  https://i.imgur.com/R2Cps9X.gifv

This fascinating mini documentary (4 1/2 minutes) is about how wolves change rivers, as studied when they were reintroduced to Yellowstone.


What I’m Watching –

I continue to consume films and documentaries about the music business and some of its luminary figures.

Quincy was out of sight.  I had chills at the closing credits and ended up at my desk for an all nighter with inspiration.  The sound track, as you can imagine, contains tons that I’m sure you’ll be familiar with.

His arranging, composing, producing, and performing was done alongside and for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Jennifer Holliday, Barbra Streisand, Barry White and many more. He has 79 Grammy nominations and 27 wins. He has seven Oscar nominations and received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He also has received four Emmy nominations, winning one.  His influence on music in the last 50 years can not be understated.

It was great to learn more about his story, man.


What I’m Listening To – 

Sinnerman – Nina Simone – https://youtu.be/QH3Fx41Jpl4



Quote I’m Pondering – 

“I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going they would reply, ‘A la sainte terre’, ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”

― John Muir


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Five Points – 45

Hurricane Flo Update  –

My family’s river house made it out in relatively good shape, all things considered.

Dad made it down to the land on Monday and by Tuesday at the crack, had the boys working.  All of the sheetrock, flooring, cabinets, and furniture on the first floor had to be removed, but that is about is about it.  There was no foundation damage and we were able to get things out and dry before the mold set it, so we are grateful.

It shouldn’t be long before we are ready for another oyster roast.

Thank you again to everyone that has helped and sent messages.  It means a lot.


Team Captains – 

I was thinking a lot about captains and teams and how they work together this week as our employee count continues to grow.  Two staff that work for Exploration, one girl and one guy, each recently raised their hands with the desire to lead their specific departments.  And I could not have been more enthusiastic.  With competent and committed leaders, I am able to focus on other facets of the company.

What I learned though, is that much like a team sport, captains and leaders choose themselves.  I may have my own ideas about who should lead, but without the belief from the rest of the group, a leader is a puppet, often resented, and ineffectual.  I’ve resolved to believing that one can pick the players to build a team, but captainship is self selecting.

Leaders self select by leading from the front (they show how to do something by actually doing it, not talking about it).  They are humble, have patience, and are kind.  Their work is excellent and they are more than willing to admit where they may have made a mistake.  Their equals look to them for guidance and they are always keen to learn.  They routinely look for new work, even and especially when it is not their responsibility.

I’m so grateful such solid leaders choose to work with me.


Good Questions –

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ~ Voltaire

I found this collection of questions by Patrick Collison to be quite thought provoking.  Some of them are relative to business and software, but there are a few far out ones in there that’ll have you scratching the ol’ noggin.

https://patrickcollison.com/questions


NASA Celebrates it’s 60th Birthday – 

I watched this short clip in awe a few times this week.  Carl Sagan always delights.

We were hunters and gathers.
The frontier was everywhere.
We were bounded only by the earth and ocean and sky.
The open road still softly calls.
Our little terraqueous globe as the mad house of those hundred thousand million worlds.
We, who can not put our own planetary home in order.
Riven with rivalries and hatreds.
Are… we… to venture out into space?


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Five Points – 44

Hurricane Flo & Mangkhut Update  –

Most importantly, all friends and family affected by the hurricanes Florence and Mangkhut are safe.  No one is seriously hurt.  That is good.

Mangkhut did not affected those connected to me all that bad.  Power and communications went down for several hours in most places, but was restored in short order.  Some folks lost power for several days.  But all in all, things were not disturbed all that much for my friends and family in the Philippines.

Florence wrecked havoc to South Eastern North Carolina.  A lot of friends and family suffered significant property damage, the total of which are yet to be known.  They’ll be a lot of work to be done.  A lot of patience and a lot of work.

We have not been able to visit our home as of yet, but we believe much of the first floor was submerged.  The river is steadily receding, so the plan is for family to visit at the top of next week.  For reference, the road is at about 8-10′


Plogging – 

I think this is so damn cool – Plogging: picking up bits of trash while running…or jogging .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2018/02/23/plogging-is-the-swedish-fitness-craze-for-people-who-want-to-save-the-planet-its-making-its-way-to-the-u-s/

I’ve never understood how someone that visits nature because of it’s beauty would consider leaving rubbish about…  It doesn’t take much to pick a few pieces up along the way and the earth thank’s you.  So do the other folks that visit.

I’m in to it!


Shazam –

Apple acquired Shazam this week. https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16761984/apple-shazam-acquisition

But folks often wonder, how does Shazam work?

There is a lot here, but it’s well worth the read.

This is the original thesis from founder, Avery Li-Chun Wang – https://www.ee.columbia.edu/~dpwe/papers/Wang03-shazam.pdf

And this is an incredible writeup about the same, a little later down the line – http://coding-geek.com/how-shazam-works/

***

Reading these reminds me of the value in writing down ideas.  Fleshing them out.  Just getting the idea on paper.  What are the parts? How do they work together?  Where are the pitfalls?  Does someone want this thing?  A solid byproduct of writing is the need to organize the idea in my head in order for words to appear in the correct order…and they often times still miss the mark.  However, I find it much easier to realize my idea is dumb as a bag of hammers when reading it, over just letting it bounce around my brain.

***

In the spirit of neat ideas and proofs of concept being written down, this one turned out to be a good one – http://infolab.stanford.edu/~backrub/google.html


What I’m Listening To – 

The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks [COVER] – https://youtu.be/tdsJI8Wc2D4 . This is a pretty good cover and I’ve played it a few times this week.  It’s been raining pretty solid all week, here in Fernvale, TN.  Seems like the summer is breaking and cool weather is on the way.

Garth Brooks does not allow his music to be posted on YouTube, but folks can cover anything because of a compulsory license affecting the composition (the written song – notes, lyrics, melody, tempo of a song).


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Five Points – 43

Life –

I recently watched several episodes of Life, narrated by David Attenborough, by the BBC on Netflix.  The cinematography and his narration make for a spell binding experience.

https://www.netflix.com/title/70225722


Cabling at Woodstock Festival 1969 – 


Sex News –

The robot sex trade is about to get hot!  The infamous “Teledildonics Patent” that prevented the development of any sort of internet controlled sex devices climaxed a couple weeks ago.  One may expect the motion of the ocean to evolve in strange ways in the not so distant future. Here’s the full story – https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/cybersex-toy-industry-heats-up-as-infamous-teledildonics-patent-climaxes/

And in other sex related news, a little human nature captured neatly via web traffic reports from pornhub before, during, and after the false missile alert in Hawaii this year.


What I’m Listening To – 

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel – https://youtu.be/4zLfCnGVeL4

Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole – https://youtu.be/V1bFr2SWP1I


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Five Points – 42

Hurricane Florence –

I grew up in Raleigh, NC and my father’s people are from down east, as we say.  More specifically, Burgaw – Pender County.  This little town sits about 30 mins due north from Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington on the North East Cape Fear River.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington I spent a few years in the on a small elbow of land, hugged on two sides by that lumbering river.  My father and I designed it and with the help of Tyler Ward and Charlie Ross and Ross Harrell and Timmy and Harry Pfaff and lots of hands from the rugby boys, friends from far away, and tons of family, I built a house – Dragon Fly.

In this photo the river is riding at about 2″ above sea level.  That is normal.

As a result of Hurricane Florence, the river is predicted to crest tonight at 25.2 feet.

For clarity, the bottom of the house proper is at 21′, so she’ll not be completely under water, but we expect a solid hit.  We’ve not received any photos or updates about the property as of this writing.

It makes me feel strange and like a part of me is hurting to know that house might be in trouble.  Building it was a much needed catharsis during a dark time in my life and I’ve had wonderful parties and family reunions and bbq’s and oyster roasts and it has been a repeated vacation rental for many families since I moved to California.

I do appreciate everyone reaching out and sending love.  It means a lot.


Hoʻoponopono – 

(a) “To put to rights; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up make orderly or neat, administer, superintend, supervise, manage, edit, work carefully or neatly; to make ready, as canoemen preparing to catch a wave.”

(b) “Mental cleansing: family conferences in which relationships were set right (hoʻoponopono) through prayer, discussion, confession, repentance, and mutual restitution and forgiveness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho%CA%BBoponopono

I’ve recently discovered this Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.  It is super simple and the antidote to arguments.

It’s cool because you can initiate the practice any time things are starting to go or are already sideways in a discussion.  These are the steps, which require saying the following with a measure of intention.

1) I’m sorry
2) Please forgive me
3) Thank you
4) I love you

It truly is magic to see how a disagreement dissolves upon saying and embodying these words.


Pabi Chulo – 

I recently shared a laugh and a beer with my friend, Pabi Chulo, in Copenhagen, Denmark on my recent trip to Scandinavia.

We laughed about how we are enjoying more and more of being away from the city as we get older…perhaps taking on a pinch of curmudgeonness, but we insured each other that that was ok.

Pabi’s art is captivating.  Often, unsettling.  Always, complex and meaningful and refined.  You can reach out to him directly or to the galleries around the world to purchase a piece for your own collection.

http://pabi.dk/about.html



What I’m Listening To – 

Anthem by Emancipator – https://youtu.be/3PEGDGxZdzA

No lyrics.  I really like the violin.  And the album name – “Soon it will be cold enough”


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