Beyond the Rhetoric


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Sunday Snippet: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

October 23rd, 2016

“You will ask me where I get my ideas. That I cannot tell you with certainty. They come unsummoned, directly, indirectly — I could seize them with my hands — out in the open air, in the woods while walking…” Even though my musical expertise is limited only to my undeniable prowess in Rock Band, […]

Sunday Snippet: Tim Urban on Procrastination

October 16th, 2016

“Now, the Dark Playground is a place that all of you procrastinators out there know very well. It’s where leisure activities happen at times when leisure activities are not supposed to be happening. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t actually fun, because it’s completely unearned, and the air is filled with guilt, […]

Sunday Snippet: Mike Dooley

October 9th, 2016

“The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things.” The normal, the mundane and the mediocre typically don’t make for particularly compelling entertainment. To this end, it’s no […]

Simple Life Lessons Are the Hardest to Follow

October 7th, 2016

We’ve been told so many times before that the simplest answer is usually the right one. Occam has been pretty busy and efficient with his razor, and yet we’re still trying to figure out how to mow the 18 holes at Augusta with a pair of school scissors. The thing is that there will always […]

Sunday Snippet: Alan Turing (1912-1954)

October 2nd, 2016

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” As a child, I remember hearing a saying — and I’m paraphrasing — that you should be nice to nerds and geeks, because they’re the ones who will be your boss some day. They’re the ones […]

Sunday Snippet: Each Day Is a Journey

September 25th, 2016

Each day is a journey. We take one step at a time. With friends to support us On each challenge as we climb. Whatever direction we go And no matter what comes our way. May our journey through life Bring us happiness each day. Most of these Sunday Snippet entries are pulled from one of […]

Allow Yourself the Freedom to Get Lost

September 20th, 2016

For better or for worse, my personality is such that I want to know everything ahead of time. If I’m traveling, I want to know how I’m going to get from the airport to my hotel and how long it’s going to take. When we found out we were going to be parents, I had […]

Sunday Snippet: Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)

September 18th, 2016

“Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.” People are weird. Some people might be weirder than others, but we’re all weird. People just don’t make very much sense sometimes, even if we like to think of ourselves as logical and […]