There Is No Normal, Normal is ALWAYS Subjective (Haig)

A quote from Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive, There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion version of normal on this planet.  Haig’s book is intensely personal. But this quote works on an intrapersonal level too.  If we accept there is no standard normal, we can approach each person’s journey … Continue reading There Is No Normal, Normal is ALWAYS Subjective (Haig)

The Grealish Waggle (Sports Feel Good Story)

Jack Grealish has used his international soccer stardom admirably. He regularly gives time and money as an advocate for cerebral palsy.  Before the World Cup, he met with an 11-year-old named Finaly living with the condition. Finlay asked Grealish if he’d celebrate a goal for him someday.  Grealish, who has only scored once in the … Continue reading The Grealish Waggle (Sports Feel Good Story)

People Problems Are Complicated (And More Valuable To Solve)

When I’m doing financial planning work, I always have to remind people that there’s no perfect answer.  There are some mathematically optimal answers, but with all the variables in life and the real world, we can’t predict everything, no should we try (nor should we imagine we can, no matter how pretty the report output … Continue reading People Problems Are Complicated (And More Valuable To Solve)

The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

Soccer, in America, was a game for immigrants, played by immigrants. So it was no surprise the 1950 US Men’s National Team was mostly first and second-generation Americans. It’s also not surprising that they had no “true” professional experience playing in the states, where quasi-local amateur leagues were the most competitive option. And yet, this … Continue reading The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

Sunday Music: Emo Kids Going Sober In Song (w/ Future Teens)

Future Teens have a new album out, and the self-described “bummer pop” band has a real gem in “BYOB” about struggling with sobriety. I feel like this is exactly what emo kids getting older is supposed to sound and feel like. A couple of lines from the lyrics with the video below: If you bring … Continue reading Sunday Music: Emo Kids Going Sober In Song (w/ Future Teens)

Podcast Of The Week: Tales From The Crypto [FTX Podcast Collection]

Somebody else made a “Tales from the Crypto” joke already I’m sure, but I thought of it now and I’m running with it damnit.  With the FTX bankruptcy and crypto ponzi blowups making headlines all around us, I’ve been fascinated by just what happened, who got sucked in (and how), and how the world is … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Tales From The Crypto [FTX Podcast Collection]

Subbing “Thanks” For “Sorry”

h/t Zach for sending me this recent Seth Godin post, “Sorry/Thanks” (which is short enough to share here): If you often find yourself saying “sorry” in a way that doesn’t advance the conversation, it might be interesting to substitute “thank you” instead. So, “I’m sorry this came out of the kitchen after your other dishes,” … Continue reading Subbing “Thanks” For “Sorry”

Religions In Regular Life (Via Maggie Rogers At Harvard)

Maggie Rogers was reflecting on the near-religious aspects of making and performing music when she wondered if she could study it.  She could.  Harvard Divinity offers a Masters of Religion and Public Life degree, which she earned in 2022.  To her, practicing the arts is a spiritual practice. Studying how religion layers intention into everything … Continue reading Religions In Regular Life (Via Maggie Rogers At Harvard)

Maggie Rogers On Her (Visual) Creative Inputs

Before Maggie Rogers makes an album, she has to write some songs. And before she writes some songs, she starts with some visuals.  She calls it a mood board (and this is apparently a thing people do that TIL).  As a synesthesiac, her brain connects colors to feelings and sounds. She pulls out the poster … Continue reading Maggie Rogers On Her (Visual) Creative Inputs