"In China, there is no why." —Chris Buckley, Paul Mozur and Austin Ramzy, "How China Turned a City Into a Prison." The New York Times. April 4, 2019. The future is here; it's just not evenly distributed yet.
This is a list of links, in no particular order, of things I found interesting enough to note this week but for one reason or another, didn't make it as an individual post. This is my way of clearing the decks and showing what is on the cutting room floor and maybe provide you with … Continue reading The Weekly Dump
"The 2008 state champion, with a total of 42 points, now approaching the award stand," proclaims the announcer. "The Lady Hornets of Rochelle High School consists of a total of one individual." There's no crowd roar. There's no crowd left. The presenter hands her the team trophy." —Gary Smith, "The Power of One." Sports Illustrated. … Continue reading The Power of One
"The daughters are to stay at home. The wife, more so. The dead are never accompanied to the cremation grounds by women. We aren’t allowed. Not in our custom.And so, we went to the cremation grounds — Ma and her daughters, to cremate our father, her husband. I took Ma’s hand and guided her from … Continue reading At the Maacher Bazaar, Fish For Life
"Acceptance asks us to recognise this paradox, to understand that it is part of being human to experience pain, that life requires it, and to exert endless effort towards always preventing pain is more than a full-time job that will never be accomplished. If, however, we can be open to experiencing pain and fear, to … Continue reading An Overview of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
"Slowly, in this town of 25,000 mostly retirees and blue-collar workers, where untethered wanderers roll off Interstate 40 like so many tumbleweeds, residents let down their guard for one peculiar 68-year-old man few call James or Zyla. Here, he’s Santa James." —John M. Glionna, "A homeless man wandered in one day, and this Arizona town … Continue reading Santa James
'Everyone does it.' These were the words from my college-aged daughter when I caught her lounging on our couch, streaming Friends with 24-point closed captioning on. She has no hearing impairment, and I wanted to know what she was up to. Does 'everyone' do it?" —Lance Ulanoff, "Why Gen Z Loves Closed Captioning." Medium. January … Continue reading Why Gen Z Loves Closed Captioning