Pearl Jam says it all

Fifteen-ish years ago I was walking home on my birthday – it must have been somewhere around my 35th – and passed a guy sitting on a bench playing guitar.  I said, “Play something for my birthday!”  He thought for a minute and started playing this, which I share also because the date of my last blog entry might make you think I’m not in fact alive:

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Redemption and integrity

Finally got a new writing assignment yesterday. I’ve been late with so many deadlines recently I was getting worried that editors had given up on me.  But this is my chance to redeem myself, to do excellent work and hand it in on time.  This time I will give myself time to polish and write something up to high standards. […]

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Time, motivation and a notepad

The spring semester is over, and I finished, as they say, not with a bang but with a whimper.  I carried over much of my confusion from the first semester and while some things were clarified, other things grew murky in my mind and I’m glad to have it behind me.  I’m taking an elective, Research and Reporting, this summer […]

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Only two hands, only one brain

In my continuing quest to find the root of my procrastination and thus rid myself of it, I’ve identified an attitude that is probably a big contributor. It goes like this: Multitasking is good, right?  You’re not a productive worker or serious student unless you’re doing multiple things at the same time, right? I actually don’t think that’s true for […]

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I have to believe in myself

Oh Allah, it is Your mercy that I hope for, so do not leave me in charge of my affairs even for a blink of an eye, and rectify for me all of my affairs.  None has the right to be worshiped except You. I spent much of my adult life coasting, without concrete goals and without a vision.  In […]

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