Onesimus was an African slave brought by force to what was then the Massachusetts Colony. The knowledge and wisdom he brought with him saved lives at a time when smallpox was pandemic. I hope to be able to use all of the knowledge and wisdom of the people around me to do what I can in this pandemic.
There is a great podcast by economist Tim Harford about things that have gone terribly wrong and what we can learn from them. The podcast is called "Cautionary Tales," and, believe me, they are. If you're the kind of person who learns from their mistakes and the mistakes of others, you'll like this podcast. Two [...]
Some people will tell you that it’s easy to be a parent. They’re lying. It’s not easy to be a responsible parent, especially if you’re also trying to balance a career. You have to learn to let go of some things and embrace other things... Things like the unpredictable nature of a little person who is learning how to adapt to the world around them. It’s a big responsibility, but it comes with great reward, if you’re up to it.
Change can be hard sometimes, unless you’re used to it. Other times, you forget that there was change in your life all the time because you became complacent to the things around you. Change is not bad... Change is a welcomed, uh, change.
When I was a child, there was only one place where I fell asleep at night without any problem. Even at my own home, I had a hard time falling asleep. There were a lot of noises coming in from the outside, or some sort of family drama would seep in and take my sleep. [...]
Life is all about adjusting. From the moment you are born, you have to adjust to the world and people around you. WIth my new job come some big adjustments, and I find myself missing my baby girl a little more these days.
Life is all about making choices. Some are tough. Some are not. Some are complicated. Some are not. Some have consequences, others encourage you to keep making them. In the end, it's up to you to grow up and accept what happens.
Literature and the arts have a lot of lessons to teach us about life and how we should (or could) live. I recently listened to the soundtrack to the play about Alexander Hamilton’s life, and the lessons were very interesting. Talk less, smile more? Maybe. But you also need to speak up against injustice. You need to stand for something, or you’ll fall for almost anything.
In which I finally understood why I wanted to wear my work badge outside of work all that time...
Someone on the radio was saying the other day that we humans are not biologically ready for all the technology that we've developed in the last couple of hundred years. They said that this is especially true of technologies like the internet, where a ton of information is available at our fingertips, but our brains [...]