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Never Go Back To Work After Vacation

The worst part of vacation is returning and heading back to work. I just listened to the audiobook, Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. It's a philosophy book disguised as a travel book.  As I drove my family to spend a week in Chicago I listened as Potts described...
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Make Starving A Game

So, I've been eating a Vegan Diet for the last week now. It's a little difficult and it requires thought. And that's why I love it. I used to work for a guy who was on a diet so restrictive that it actually made the dieter's body temperature drop a couple...
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Need Motivation? Write Your Own Obituary!

A great story about artist's motivation comes from the life of the artist Salvador Dali... or, maybe it was some other genius. Really doesn't matter - we'll just say it was Dali.  It seems that, in his family, Salvador was actually Salvador #2.  Salvador...
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I’m a Minimalist… So, Why am I Worried About Money?

Minimalism! What a concept! I just realized that the term "Minimalist" might just describe my natural drive to separate myself from the unnecessary.  Not just clutter on bookshelves, but fundamental things. Big things. I made a list of some of the biggies that I...
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Sunday Night Fever

Sunday Night FeverI get most of my ideas for A Day On from itches that need to be scratched, but are difficult to reach. The kinds of nagging aches that, if you found a way to soothe you would be that much closer to solving the mysteries of Life. Tonight, a Sunday night, I feel a twinge of despair that comes with knowing that deadlines loom with tomorrow being Monday. read more…

The Curse of Workplace Success

Curse of Workplace SuccessSometimes it happens. You know the scene in the romantic movies when there is every good reason for the heroine or hero to walk out that door into a world full of other possibilities, but then their romantic opposite takes the initiative… changes… does something heretofore out of character. And there’s that dramatic moment of hesitation at the doorway before… turning around walking, trotting, running back into the waiting arms of the other. The bouquet of flowers falling to the ground as the couple enters into a passionate, face-gobbling embrace. Then they begin to spin as the camera circles around them in the opposite direction. read more…

The Job As Albatross

The Job As AlbatrossIn the Coleridge Poem, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, (or the Iron Maiden song by the same name), the sea bird that follows and brings good fortune upon a ship is shot and killed for sport by a young seaman. What follows is terrible misfortune, which can be dramatically bad when you are out at sea. His shipmates punish the Mariner by hanging the dead bird hung around his neck.

It is hung there in place of a cross. What he once made sport of has now become his cross to bear. In this way he is made accountable. read more…

The Million-Dollar Question

What Would You Do If You Had A Million Dollars?Lawrence from Office Space responded in his own memorable way to the question. Everyone has encountered the “Million-Dollar Question.” What would you do if you had a million dollars? Of course, a million dollars doesn’t seem as infinite as it did when you were a kid… or, even as infinite as it did two months ago. But, you get the gist of the question.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work for money? How would you live your life differently?  I try to ask this question of people to this day. I have made A Day On my own litmus test of fulfillment, and in doing so, I find creative and sometimes not so creative ways of asking everyone I meet, What would you do if you could do anything?

Are you doing it? Why not? read more…

No Depression

Would it be so bad if we had another depression? It’s one of those taboo utterances that will get you in trouble at a dinner party as everyone is inwardly fretting over their stock market losses and portfolios gone bad. I don’t have much of a portfolio other than what adults purchased in my name in my youth. To my credit, I haven’t burned through them impulsively. They still sit in my filing cabinet, being brought out into the light of day when I need to use them as collateral to fund this or that business venture, travel adventure or other big ticket item. Then, when the loan is paid off the bank returns them and I return them to my filing cabinet where they now sit. Depreciating, I guess. read more…

Teach The Children Well

Tonight I experienced the frustration of watching a child rush through a homework lesson haphazardly without care being taken for accuracy, and instead the focus being only on getting through with it. I felt myself becoming angry with my daughter as she scribbled down numbers so that they all ran together illegibly. I found myself adopting the tone of disgust that my father would mutter when he observed me doing something with less attention to detail than he would have liked. read more…

Enough

Enough is a beautiful concept.  I see it as a crossroads, a place where so many issues come together and enjoy the harmony of each other’s company before sadly being driven on by ambition.  Enough, believe it or not, is  a place where you can settle down and live your life. Enough lives at an address that the credit card companies don’t have, and so their statements never come.  Rather than taking up your time, Enough gives back your time so you can spend it with your loved ones, and it gives you the presence of mind to know who they are and aren’t.  Enough doesn’t put you into a higher tax bracket.  Enough doesn’t spread you thin. read more…

Bohemians In Our Midst

Why do most of us find it so hard to have a life so easy?

We imagine turning up the volume on the things about life that we truly love, and conversely because an object cannot occupy two separate places at the same time, turning way down the volume on the things about life that we don’t love so much.

Imagine living life as a quest of seeking out the juiciest pieces to enjoy, to follow the path they lead us down (which is often no path at all) and to celebrate life by living it. Those that live this way are sometimes called Bohemians by us. read more…

Fallacy of Work-Play Opposition

There is, for many of us myself included, a balance sheet between time spent working and time off. It might seem ridiculous to analyze this difference too much. The assumed task at hand seems obvious; decrease the time spent at work and increase the time off for maximum enjoyment. read more…

Money

Perhaps in this new century more than ever, a person can be truly practicing art by simply placing his focus on living creatively. I read The Rise of The Creative Class and began looking for exactly who Florida was talking about. Who is the Creative Class? Is it the artists, the college professors, the web designers, the programmers, the builders? Who the fuck is it that lives the lifestyle that he is talking about, that makes the demands on a city that he is describing? Because, it seems like he is talking more about a lifestyle than a particular mode of earning money, a particular earning level. It seems like what he is describing is a lifestyle that approaches a kind of consciousness. A refusal to buy in to earlier suppositions about what is offered up on the American lifestyle buffet. read more…

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