Category: Personal

One cigarette

One cigarette

I wake up in hell. My back hurts. My back always hurts since I came here. Something happened in Kuwait when I was dragging equipment through the sand in a windstorm. A ripping in the muscles I think. Now the endless hurt. Groaning, I rise from the bed, pull on a pair of shorts and …

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More than a selfie

More than a selfie

“You are not your body and hair-style, but your capacity for choosing well. If your choices are beautiful, so too will you be.” —Epictetus, Discourses, 3.1.39b– 40a Every little choice adds up. It may not seem like there is a huge difference whether you spend the next half hour watching TV or going outside to …

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Too much talking and not enough listening

Too much talking and not enough listening

“. . . I learned to read carefully and not be satisfied with a rough understanding of the whole, and not to agree too quickly with those who have a lot to say about something.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS I try maintain a roughly ten to one ratio in regards to my listening/speaking. Why do I …

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