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The Purpose of Meditation

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Something I keep hearing from friends when they find out I meditate is that it’s not for them because they “can’t clear their mind.” The thing is, that’s not really what you’re trying to do. Our brains are machines designed to generate thoughts, there’s no use trying to stop it. The purpose of meditation isn’t to stop thinking; it’s to change the relationship you have with your thoughts and feelings. The way you get there […]

Discovery Park Hike

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Link and I went on a walk with his wiener dog friend Ramen through Discovery Park in Seattle. It’s a really pretty spot right next to the water that’s worth checking out.

My New 2018 Subaru Outback

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In 2014 I bought a 1988 Dolphin RV, which I barely used for two main reasons: It felt more like a death trap to drive it than I thought it would. I moved from my house in Portland (which had a driveway) to an apartment in San Francisco (which had none). Because of that, I sold it at the beginning of 2018. Other than that I haven’t had a vehicle of my own since 2009. […]

2018 Reading Challenge Update

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In a previous post I set a goal for myself to finish fifty books in 2018 — very slightly less than one a week. Since I’m not one of those insanely fast readers, and I’d like actually to remember some of what I read, I realized setting a goal I probably wouldn’t be able to hit wasn’t the best idea. Because of that, I decided to revise that to twenty-four, or, one every two weeks. […]

Camping on Camano Island

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First Night Managed to get the tent up, build a fire, and roast some (vegan) hot dogs. Day Two So beautiful here. Did some hiking down to the beach, built a fire somewhat more successfully, and ate red beans and rice.

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I went from not-too-excited about the HomePod a month ago to my third getting delivered tomorrow. It’s great if you use Apple stuff. Quite expensive, but great.

2018 Reading Challenge

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This year I read a bit less than the year before, at only about twenty books or so. For 2018 I’d like to get on a more consistent reading schedule, and so I’m aiming for fifty. That’s a little less than one a week. I’d also like to work more fiction in and not just read about politics, buddhism, and computers. Don’t know if I’ll do it, but that’s my goal.