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Dec.20.2011
People will tolerate some amazing things to have human contact. Sometimes, relationships are hideous tradeoffs. With that in mind, I think about how writing well isn’t purely about effort, but also about creating an environment that helps me do my best. Choosing the right people in my life, and...
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Dec.19.2011
  How can you have any sense of futility or misery unless you also imagine that something better is possible?  
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Dec.18.2011
Growing up, you first think the world is rational, then discover it is insane. Then the insanity shows its own system of rationality, so you wonder about the morality of that rationality. Then, you may question the sanity of morality. Finally, you may question your own sanity, and wonder if...
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Dec.17.2011
Sometimes, it’s more tempting to feel something negative than to feel nothing at all.
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Dec.17.2011
The ways that one deals with disappointment can separate those who are eventually successful from those who are not.
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Dec.15.2011
We can all wander through a day or a lifetime with only a vague idea of what we really want, and end up satisfying someone else’s goal. Or if we aren't even lucky enough to find a willing sergeant, it's possible to fritter time away with pastimes that never feel quite right, never quite command...
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Dec.13.2011
Eventually, we all realize we’re never going to be able to come close to understanding all there is to know in the world. But then, no amount of understanding can ever replace happiness, or the true understanding of a few things.
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Dec.12.2011
Because diversions -- distractions from problems -- can be so much fun, some people may spend time looking for things to escape from. Maybe sometimes we seek out problems -- things to escape from -- to provide justifications for indulgences.
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Dec.11.2011
Ideas can be your best friend, or your worst enemy.
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Dec.08.2011
As someone who writes about truth, I feel more obligated than inspired to say something about Blagojevich. If there's anything interesting in the story and the 14-year sentence that was just handed down, it's that he represents our worst fears about politicians. Sometimes, we hand politicians our...
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Dec.07.2011
Intelligent people can have their own brands of stupidity. They can think about things from so many angles they take no action; they can ignore problems because they know they can usually figure their way out of them faster than other people. Then they can make the worst mistake of all, which is...
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Dec.04.2011
One way of assessing another person is simply to ask yourself “What am I willing to give this person?”
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Dec.04.2011
My book reading last night was particularly enjoyable because it was at Laurel Books, my independent neighborhood bookstore in Oakland.  In the small setting, the audience had an opportunity to have a genuine discussion with each other once I was done talking. Since the subject...
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Nov.30.2011
Maybe we don’t like people for who they are as much as we think. Maybe we often like them because they bring out the parts of ourselves that we like.
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Nov.28.2011
Over the weekend, I accompanied a friend on his annual trip to Sebastopol, California to buy five bushels of apples. The ones he doesn’t eat, he presses into cider. It’s become a ritual that marks the change of season. Apple season is different every year, with the different crops ripening earlier...
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