The Impractical Cabinetmaker, and ‘those people’

The Impractical Cabinetmaker (1979) was a book written by James Krenov, a Russian born, famous, fine-woodworker and philosopher. He has a lot to say about life and work, love and passion. Not unlike Sigmund Freud who intimated life was about nothing more than love and work. From Krenov's book: Not long ago I was asked: "What … Continue reading The Impractical Cabinetmaker, and ‘those people’

Set Yourself Free: Twelve Books to Read on Human Nature

If you've a mind to understand human nature? non-fiction may not be the best way to understand it. Or, for that matter, human behavior in general. Fiction might be more accurate. However, there is some value in science and history; and reading. Non-fiction books just might be (in some cases) more fiction, fantasy, or delusion … Continue reading Set Yourself Free: Twelve Books to Read on Human Nature

The Perfect Storm Hypothesis

is an idea I agree with. In essence it is: What happened could not have have happened in any other way than it did. I first encountered it in a personality theory class. Raymond B. Cattell, an English/American Psychologist (1905-1998)) devised a theory, a formula, for why individuals do what they do. He was a … Continue reading The Perfect Storm Hypothesis

Crisis Intervention: Why George Floyd Died?

is the ultimate question the trial of Derek Chauvin is attempting to answer. However, the trial won't even come close. I've been watching (via CSPAN 2, i.e.sans commentary). He Was Murdered is the State's argument. In essence that case is: We (= the Minneapolis Police Department) are good, and the individual (= Officer Derek Chauvin) … Continue reading Crisis Intervention: Why George Floyd Died?

The Indie Bookstore. Part I

Recently a reader of books from Amsterdam stated to me that she "never really understood what an Indie bookstore is." This post is in response to that. Because it's a very important thing - Indie bookstores. So important I wrote a chapter in my book, Election 2016: The Great Divide, The Great Debate, about the … Continue reading The Indie Bookstore. Part I

Who Decides: Game Of Thrones

One of the pandemic perks (PP) is more screen time. For me, I started to watch the HBO show Game of Thrones. I know, I'm (as my psych girl said) "a little late to the party. But, better late than never." She thinks she's funny. Sometimes she is, and so am I. However, for now, put … Continue reading Who Decides: Game Of Thrones

Metrics for Year End Review

It's coming on Christmas and then the new year. That means it's time to start reflecting on the year past. I've done this for a number of years now and have come up with a new, quantitative way, to systematically, synthesize my analysis and reflection. Hopefully this will lead to better, or at least improved, … Continue reading Metrics for Year End Review

Hunger of the Pine: Teal Swan

What is the hunger of the pine? And who is Teal Swan? That all depends. Hunger of the Pine is both a song and a book. According to the author, Alt-J, and Miley Cyrus, of the song - it's a metaphor for the yearning, or pining for love or a loved one. The author of the … Continue reading Hunger of the Pine: Teal Swan

The Pursuit Of Happiness

At a recent session with my psych-girl, she closed with three "suggestions": Lower your expectations Reduce your drinking Censor yourself Is there a better prescription for unhappiness? Or is it one for happiness? Christopher Hitchens once said: It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone; these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. I … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Happiness