Random Thoughts on a Summer Friday (In Which I’ve Buried the Lede)

That “Local First” angle is what disturbs me the most, latching on to a legitimate movement whose most compelling hook focuses on locally sourced goods and sustainability, to support booksellers whose primary focus is usually selling the products of multi-national corporations who treat them like second-class citizens. The bookstores that are true pillars of their communities don’t need hollow slogans and dreams of going viral on YouTube, because they prove on a daily basis why they matter to their communities.

Writers Write, Even When They Don’t Realize It

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any. –Russell Baker That Baker quote has been on my About Page forever, but I only just recently realized its irony … Continue reading Writers Write, Even When They Don’t Realize It

The Force is Strong in Him

My 8-year-old son has become a huge Star Wars fan over the past several months, without overt encouragement, as he’s now seen all seven movies, and the new Clone Wars animated series has become appointment viewing for us almost every Friday night. He has three lightsabers, two of which he bought with his own allowance; … Continue reading The Force is Strong in Him

Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoGYx35ypus] “We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of spoiled idiots that don’t care.” [1:30] I’ve never seen Louis CK in action before, but my favorite humor is the insightful observational kind and this clip is hilarious, primarily because it’s all so true. I say burn it all … Continue reading Everything’s amazing, nobody’s happy

When in doubt, follow Frank’s lead

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl95eDA_uR4] …and do it YOUR way. ETA: Okay, I hate posts of videos with no real content, especially on a day Seth Godin challenges everyone to blog something interesting. I woke up this morning with Sinatra’s “My Way” stuck in my head on repeat and it was a good thing. A timely reminder to clearly … Continue reading When in doubt, follow Frank’s lead