Monthly Archives: August 2021

Junk drawer


what what’s that red circle thing?

don’t have any idea but we might need it.

what’s that twisty thing? no idea.

“a safe bit sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. if you’re searching for anything in particular you won’t find it but something falls out of the back that is often more interesting.”

-james m. Barrie

figuring it out.


how to fit 4 kids and 1 log into 1 boat and get 2 to paddle it to make it move ahead?

use the trial and error and figure it out as you go method.

“if you wait to figure out everything before starting anything, it’ll never happen.”
― dhaval gajera, author



glen lake, glen arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2021

not all minds that wander are lost.


after reading this research i now see why i am happy most of the time-

i am an idle mind-wanderer.

it’s my best sport. 

Research suggests that people with freely moving thoughts are happier.

“Sometimes you just want to let your mind go free,” says Julia Kam, a cognitive neuroscientist who directs the Internal Attention Lab at the University of Calgary. Kam became interested in her subject 15 years ago as an undergraduate struggling with her own distracted thoughts during lectures. “I came into the field wanting to find a cure,” she says. But the deeper she got into research, the more she came to appreciate the freedom of an unfocused mind. “When your thoughts are just jumping from one topic to the next without an overarching theme or goal, that can be very liberating,” she says.

Researchers have found that people spend up to 50 percent of their time mind-wandering. Some internal thinking can be detrimental, especially the churning, ruminative sort often associated with depression and anxiety. Try instead to cultivate what psychologists call freely moving thoughts. Such nimble thinking might start with a yearning to see your grandmother, then careen to that feeling you get when looking down at clouds from an airplane, and then suddenly you’re pondering how deep you’d have to bore into the earth below your feet before you hit magma. Research suggests that people who do more of that type of mind-wandering are happier.

Facilitate unconstrained thinking by engaging in an easy, repetitive activity like walking; avoid it during riskier undertakings like driving. You’ll find it harder to go free-ranging if you’re myopically worried about something in your personal life, like an illness or an argument with a spouse.

For a recent study, Kam hooked subjects up for an electroencephalogram and then had them do a mundane task on a keyboard while periodically asking them about their thoughts. She was able to see, for the first time, a distinct neural marker for freely moving thoughts, which caused an increase in alpha waves in the brain’s frontal cortex. This is the same region where scientists see alpha waves in people doing creative problem-solving. We live in a culture that values work and productivity over almost everything else, but remember, your mind is yours. Make space to think in idle ways unrelated to tasks. “It can replenish you,” Kam says.


“i was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.”

-steven wright


credits: nytimes/sunday magazine, ‘how to let your mind wander’- malia wollan , university of calgary

no mo’ venmo.



coming up on the 4-month mark

of an ongoing battle with venmo

can’t even begin to tell the story in short form

 truly the perfect storm of events.

after talking, live chatting, and e-mailing

landon, santiago, elizabeth, miguel, ren, sacha, and abby

i won’t say which low-budget model above

most resembles me in the match

but i will say there is no doubt i am winning.


i wonder if team venmo is posting a blog today

with our pictures

saying there is no doubt they are winning.

“i don’t like customer service because i don’t believe the customer should have to pay and help out too.”

-jarod kintz


this diamond has so many carats it’s almost a turnip.-richard burton


Turnip Schnapps

The modest root vegetable makes a potent liquor in Wildschönau, Austria.

If all the world’s vegetables gathered for a shindig, the humble turnip probably wouldn’t be the life of the party. But in Austria’s Wildschönau Valley, a shot of schnapps made from the root veggie could very well get one started. Local residents have been distilling a strong turnip liquor called Wildschönauer Krautinger as far back as the 1700s, when Habsburg empress Maria Theresa granted 51 area farmers the exclusive rights to produce it. Around 15 families still make it today. Wildschönau residents celebrate all things turnip during the Krautinger Week festival in October.

Turnips were traditionally a staple of the alpine diet since they can tolerate the challenging mountain growing conditions. Turnip sauerkraut provided nourishment throughout the winter, improved digestion, and the vegetable even earned a spot on some noble families’ coats of arms.

The schnapps is unique, with a distinct whiff of vegetables. “The smell takes some getting used to and you either love or hate the taste,” a tourist site promoting the region concedes. One blogger describes it as “a hit of pure sauerkraut, which [trails] off into something weird which reminded me of a pair of training shoes I once owned.” (Best review ever)


 “I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes,

but I think that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.

-Marlene Deitrich


credits: gastro obscura, wildschonau tourismus, photographer – r. newman

perfume and purse dirt.


yes, i found this old piece of gum

on the bottom of my purse

half-opened with glittery stuff and crumbs of unknown origin stuck to it

what might you find in the bottom of your/your mother’s purse?


“when your mom gives you a pre-ripped half piece of doublemint gum

and it tastes like perfume and purse dirt. “

– author unknown