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Waiting for the cake
When you fly a lot, it’s nice to encounter people who rarely do it, who only travel to reach their special destinations where sometimes, if you’re lucky, chocolate cake awaits.
Taking shortcuts: Guess who gets cheated most?
I’m a big fan of shortcuts. They save you time and energy. They demonstrate your ingenuity. (You, after all, found a faster way to get something done. Clever you.) They free you up for more important or interesting activities. I love shortcuts. When they work. Which, I’m finding out, isn’t as often as I thought. I had a recent reminder of this when I was in China a…
Li Huayi: a new take on an old artform
I recently returned from a trip with my elder son, 23, to China. The theme of our trip was design. We intended to sketch and photograph our way through three different regions of China, getting a better sense of both classical and contemporary forms of design. To refine the concept of design, I focused mostly on understanding the design element of line. From architecture to fashion, room interiors…
The benefits of noticing
A recent trip to Santa Fe reveals that there is much that is rarely revealed unless we pay attention and notice what we normally miss. And when we do that, wondrous things occur.
Finding passion in unlikely places
An encounter with an enormous steam engine on a rural road in England reveals how discovering the passion of others can help spur your own no matter what your interests.
Frankfurt stopover: DIY walking tour of Frankfurt, Germany
If you have a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany, use your time well with this DIY photographer’s walking tour of the highlights of the city.
Boredom, creativity and the addiction of distraction
Boredom may not be as boring as you think Of the three things you most avoid that may be what you most need — suffering, failure and boredom — the latter seems like the most innocuous. Suffering and failure might feel more like an open wound or severed limb. In comparison, boredom’s more like a hangnail: not pleasant, but more of an annoyance you’d prefer would go away.…
Why failure isn’t
Failure isn’t what you think it is. By reframing and finding better terms for what you define as failure, you can actually find a powerful back door into success.