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04 January 2015 - Out with 2014; In with 2015 — A Reflection
We are now a full 1 percent finished with 2015. Can you believe it? Tempus fugit. Lots of good stuff occurred this past year, leading to several important lessons.
28 December 2014 - On the Proactive Avoidance of Relationship Regret
I’m sometimes asked whether I get depressed about not having married or sired offspring. Usually well-intentioned, the question nevertheless is curious, insofar as it rests on two assumptions: First, that marriage and family are normative and deviation therefrom is a sign of loss or defect, and second, that I am unaware of what I’m missing so therefore I should pine for it.
19 December 2014 - Sixteen Days of Freeeeedom!
When I left the office around 2:30p today, I began a vacation that doesn’t end until I return on the morning of Mon., Jan. 5.
14 December 2014 - Be Glad and Rejoice, for Grand Staycation IV is Almost Here!
In just a few days, I begin the fourth annual Grand Staycation. With 16 consecutive days off, I will focus on end-of-the-year catch-up and planning for 2015. I’m much more excited for the vacation than I am about the holidays, but in fairness, I’m in generally good spirits about the holidays this year, so there’s that.
21 November 2014 - Jason’s Playlist … Nov. 2014
09 November 2014 - An Autumn’s Repose
Autumn’s full, glorious array reminds us to be prepared for the winter to come.
11 October 2014 - Out for a Walk
I completed this afternoon a six-mile nature walk along the Kent Trails near Millennium Park, a favorite activity of mine that I haven’t had much time to enjoy this year.
11 October 2014 - The Serenity After the Storm
Long-hidden serenity is starting to shine through the dissipating storm clouds of 2014. At last.
26 September 2014 - Music, Unleashed
Get a gin-and-tonic or three in me, left alone with my music and my thoughts, and I’ll cycle between the aggressive, adrenaline-pumping animality of Chevelle and the tear-jerking melancholy of slow-moving acoustic ballads like “45.” Then — to the horror of my feline overlords — I’ll sing along to “Islands in the Stream” or “Fast Movin’ Train.”
21 September 2014 - Birthday Retrospective, Part XXXVIII
The world is awash in oysters ready to be cracked, but the full flowering of success comes when people realize that the possibilities that seemed so important in their youth aren’t the things that are important later in life.