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stop moving.

JMW Turner’s depiction of a stormy sea, painted c1831.
JMW Turner’s depiction of a stormy sea, painted -1831
Late in September 1836, a five-year voyage came to an end, and a young naturalist stepped ashore at Falmouth on 2 October and looked back in rueful contemplation of the severe privations that he – unlike Captain Cook’s men – never faced: “I speak from experience: it is no trifling evil which may be cured in a week”

-Charles Darwin, on discovering seasickness

having always been prone to motion sickness

from most any mode of travel or spinning movement

vertigo from a pilates class

spinning on any ride known to mankind

cruising on the water after a hurricane


watching hand-held camera shots on film

riding on and in planes, trains, buses, and automobiles

(not when riding on horses or camels, at least)

i should not have been surprised

watching richard branson fly off into space

listening to the play-by-play

of speed, g-force, lack of gravity, the woozy view from the window seat, the up, the down

when i began to feel motion sick

sitting on solid ground

in my living room

on earth.

one of many reasons i am not an astronaut.


sources: the guardian, tim radford, bbc, almay photo, virgin air photo


get on the bus.


what an adventure it would be to travel on the ‘make america kind again’ bus


“human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the figure of a free people.

a nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

go slow.



go slow reminder sign

with the world spinning by

and the kinders

always moving so fast

(with frequent collateral damage)

we decided

to try slowing things down a bit


they painted signs as reminders

practiced spelling and saying it

posted them around the room

first day –

one hit his head

because he

‘decided to jump backwards’

one fell down

while stretching and balancing

on a shaky stool

one banged something

when skipping down the hall.

we’re still working out the details.


wisely, and slow. they stumble that run fast.

– william shakespeare