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Reclaiming My Attention

The most important productivity tool in my tool belt isn’t the system I use to manage my to-dos. It isn’t the style of notebook I use to capture daily notes. It isn’t the software platform I use to collaboratively manage my projects. All of those are subservient to a single element: my attention. The ability […]

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Future Thinking for 2021 (Part 2) – Developing Personal and Career Capital

One of my favorite productivity writers is Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University. Before learning about digital minimalism, the perils of email, and “being so good they can’t ignore you,” I had been a struggling, but stubborn user of David Allen’s GTD workflow. But it was Newport’s re-envisioning of Allen’s protocols that […]

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January 2021 habit tracking

I use an old-school method of tracking my personal goals and habits that I’ve always enjoyed (seen above). This January, I had three goals for the month: In the morning, go outside and bring in the LA Times before starting breakfast. Journal or write for me (not for work) Shut down any work projects by […]

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Chateau Mangot 2016 (Saint-Émilion)

This Bordeaux-style red blend is mostly merlot, with a touch of cab franc and cab sauvignon, giving it a smooth, fruit-focused character. Drinking this bottle in 2021 found the tannins almost entirely subdued. A shy berry slowly gives way to cedar and spice making this extremely drinkable right now.

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Future Thinking for 2021 (Part 1) – The Year of Journaling*

Making new year’s resolutions seems more precarious than ever right now. And while I’m always reluctant to set goals that I know I’m likely to drop by February, the imperative to do better seems stronger for me than usual in 2021. I’ve been thinking about where I would like to be both in my career […]

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I, consumer (July 4, 2020)

Reading An active, critical approach to engaging with community needs that explicitly acknowledges the influence of social, cultural, financial, and political power on information access and information behavior is necessary for librarianship to confront limitations to freedom of speech and informed citizenship (especially in Black communities). Park Dahlen, S., Chancellor, R., Lee, S., Gibson, A., […]

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2018 Fritz Haag Riesling (Mosel)

Riesling is one of those wines that I rarely think about or crave, but when I find a good one, I will easily grab 2-3 bottles. This riesling comes from the steep slopes of the Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr region in Germany. It has a dense, lemon chiffon color in the glass. The nose offers strong melon […]

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The supposed pleasures of the chase

Cal Newport, computer scientist at Georgetown University, talks about how one successful college coach has survived (until now) without using email. “We might notice that our current commitment to unrelenting, uncontrolled, attention-devouring incoming communication is not necessarily the sine qua non of digital age productivity.” “Nick Saban Just Got Email” by Cal Newport Most of […]

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2006 Insignia Red (Oakville/Napa)

There are many factors that determine a great bottle of wine, but one of the most important is “occasion”: when did you open it, why, and with whom. Sharing this bottle with my family during COVID-19 on the occasion of my birthday certainly made it memorable. It also helped that it was a remarkable vintage […]

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The shattered remains of a supernova

NASA’s website allows you to see what image Hubble took on your birthday. Here is one from my annual year around the sun celebration, taken in 2015. “Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretched in never-ending line along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at […]