naming limitations

There’s an expression I heard (a lot) while I was growing up:
“Name your limitations, and they’re yours.”
Now, this is a keen concept: If you argue for why you can’t do this or that, then you can be pretty sure that you’re constructing a box for yourself. It’s right on par with the Henry Ford quote: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” My mother used to … Continue Reading ››

April 2015: books

And here’s the list of books I finished reading and/or listening to in April:
  • Exile’s Song (A Novel of Darkover), by Marion Zimmer Bradley (ebook)
  • We All Fall Down, by Nic Sheff (audiobook read by Charles Carroll)
  • Darkover Landfall, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (print)
  • Excuses Begone!: lectures, by Wayne Dyer (audiobook)
  • Living Well, Dying Well: lecture, by Sogyal Rinpoche (audiobook)
  • Caliban’s War, by James S.A. Corey (print)
  • Pines, by Blake Crouch … Continue Reading ››

some thoughts following the big reveal at the neurologist’s office

This is another long one, folks. Here’s the TL;DR summary:
  • I’m still having headaches; today is day 162. The MRI at least confirms that the pain is real.
  • I have been offered no relief for the pain.
  • Doctors should treat the patient, not the results of this or that specific test while throwing everything else into someone else’s court.
  • I’m more likely to follow the guidance of the dysautonomia specialist … Continue Reading ››

writing retreat hopeful

What do you look for in a writing retreat, or a retreat of any kind? I’ve gotten it into my head of late that I’m in serious need of a productive getaway. I’ve caught myself researching various retreat and residency options across the country. There are some really great sites and opportunities out there. But before I begin investing a significant chunk of time in the various application processes—not to mention … Continue Reading ››

March 2015: books

Here's the completed reading and listening list from the past month:
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo (ebook)
  • Lopsided: How Having Breast Cancer Can Be Really Distracting, by Meredith Norton (audiobook read by Carrington MacDuffie)
  • The Reluctant Psychic, by Suzan Saxman with Perdita Finn (print)
  • Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey (print)
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, by Caitlin Doughty (print)
  • Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer … Continue Reading ››

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