Louis C.K. is a great comic, and all of his specials have made me laugh. His material is so well crafted and naturally delivered that it feels more like a one-sided conversation than a developed monologue. The Nerdwriter put the following video together breaking down how Louis tells a joke. It's a great analysis. I … Continue reading Nerdwriter Analyzes Louis C.K.
Growing up, I was a huge fan of Michael Jordan. I grew up playing basketball in central Illinois when Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were at the heights of their greatness. My parents and coaches would talk about how much he practiced. Everything was about how he worked harder and longer than any other player. … Continue reading Clear on Deliberate Practice
The summer before my junior year of high school, a co-worker introduced me to Zen Buddhism. Since I was smack dab in the middle of those awkward years of development and hyper sensitivity to other's opinion, the Buddhist precept that "attachment is the root of all suffering" seemed like a magical path to happiness. All … Continue reading Searching for Detachment
It's Friday! What a week it has been. Work has cut into most of my writing time, which is okay. I like my paycheck, and sadly my writing provides zero of those. I am, however, working on a couple of posts for this blog - a spiritual piece and a book review. The book review … Continue reading The Joys of Blogging
Back in college, I kept a list of my top ten favorite books. I haven't updated it since then. In fact, I haven't even thought of it until cleaning the house over Christmas break. Each book on the list greatly affected and changed my life. To signify their status, I tried to find each book … Continue reading That Lonesome Dove on My Shelf
2016 was a difficult year. I don’t know anyone who would disagree with that. For me, it was difficult because my father lost his battle to cancer in May. I struggled with it all year and still am. That grief was bigger than I knew what to do with, and I withdrew from life. My … Continue reading A New Start