(Reposted from my Boot Camp for the Bonus Years, 2015.) In which somebody is mean to me, and I am sustained by rote phrases to a painful situation. This week I magically applied lessons from a course on the Science of Happiness to shift myself from despondent to normal in a twinkling. Normal for me … Continue reading One hop to happiness: learning kicks in when needed
Why did I get such delight out of creating my very first Gantt chart — let alone admit that I'm proud of it? If you use Gantt charts (made by someone else), it's a big "ho hum" from you. If you make them, I see an indulgent head-shake, because you know this is the … Continue reading Joy of Gantt charts: documenting a Summer Writing School as a project
Reposted from 2015. In which various kind people give me personal advice, much of it valuable, all of it appreciated, on how to live my life. In August 2015 I went on a seven-day cruise of New Zealand’s southernmost fiords with two friends, 29 soon-to-be friends, and six friendly crew. (What, only six? Yes: … Continue reading 32 pieces of advice for a 75-year-old
Reposted from 2015. Ukulele kindergarten: In which I embark on a learning challenge that is bound to fail, and experience irrational joy and relief. Learn a new skill (this year and every year): this task is a pretty significant one, and you know why! For years scientists have told us that a powerful key to … Continue reading The boot camp challenge that I expect to fail
Want to write a book? Stop talking about it. Entirely. That’s what author Euny Hong says. Is it healthy to talk about your current writing project?