S2 E35 — Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?

To be honest, I didn’t expect to continue this natural experiment beyond the first year, until COVID-19 isolated us and I just had to find out in what way would my Holiday Tau change? 

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Emotions are more attention-getting than facts. So while the true bits are the most relevant and necessary parts of your story, mix in some emotion or no one will hear them.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 35 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 25th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?; S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?; S2 E32Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

It’s the end of this first month of this second year experiment. 

    • Yesterday I reached out to the first phase of my LinkedIn network for answers about how well each was coping with the new realities at home and work.
    • Today, I published a companion piece on Patreon and shared it on LinkedIn with tags. 

Here’s a sample of it:

Reimagining Life and Work. Will COVID-19 Accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution?

“Trying to push something out of your mind is a sure way to drain your willpower quickly. You’ll have greater wells of self-control when you face what’s going on and create some if/then strategies.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

The Tau: Week Ending 4/25/20

A special welcome and thanks to 81 new followers in just the last 6 days. Like, share and join our 1735 community members to see what you may have been missing.

Headlines from our daily “Top 30 Digest” of stories and trends brought to you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Helping you face what’s going on and create some of your own if/then strategies.

What if … ?

Trends

              • Why coronavirus will accelerate the fourth Industrial Revolution
              • 10 ways COVID-19 could change office design

Local stories from towns along Pacific Coast Highway, mountain resorts and lakes, islands and the great outdoors. Bucket list ideas for deferred itineraries.

Where … ?

Regions

              • Day Around the Bay: San Mateo County Orders Non-Residents Off Its Beaches
              • San Diego Parks Reopen, But Beaches Remain Closed

Mountains and Lakes

              • Following coronavirus closure, Mt. Baldy ski resort reopening in limited capacity
              • Lake Tahoe Luxury Estate From ‘Godfather II’ Lists for $5.5M!

Islands and Currents

              • “‘It’s beyond frustrating’: tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out”
              • Empty resorts spell long crisis for Caribbean as coronavirus hits

Outdoors

              • The New Rules of Hiking During Quarantine

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“Remember the time when the unexpected change shook up your perspective and then something truly positive came out of it? You’ll get more of the same.

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, crisis, deep learning, future, islands, lakes, life, mountains, regions, travel, trends, work

Evidence

Zahnny, Zahnny, Zahnny what am I going to do with your Holiday Tau? I mean a closet, a museum, and sifting through artifacts.  I kinda get it, but not enough to value it much today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Cleaning a closet can be more interesting than going to a museum. All the artifacts are specifically related to something you did in the past, even if that something is simply putting an item in a closet.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks, Steve.  Being someone who relies on my intuition, thinking and perceptions your TauBit of Wisdom probably identifies one of my weaknesses as a writer — one I need to incorporate for articles on Patreon, my blog, in my books and shared on social media.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Emotions are more attention-getting than facts. So while the true bits are the most relevant and necessary parts of your story, mix in some emotion or no one will hear them.” Aries

Okay, Aoki it seems like your Holiday Tau comes closed to what we identified as time-to-mastery once an offer had been accepted, an orientation completed, initial training and coaching initiated and for the newbie to contribute to the cause.  It certainly underlines my frustrations with mastering WordPress and now Patreon.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The more complicated a game is, the better off you’ll be when you understand every nuance of the rules. While it’s possible for a beginner to win a poker hand, the expert has the best chance at taking the night.” Sagittarius

I see how it is, Nash.  You and Aoki sit in the locker room playing cards — poker — and listening to country music about when to hold them and when to fold them.  Meanwhile Emma the Baroness and I have become the undisputed champions of jigsaw puzzles during this pandemic!

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:In cards and in life, much depend on the hand you’re dealt. If it’s crummy, you have to figure out other ways to play it. A bluff, a clever play, folding early and waiting for the next round… you’ll figure out the best move.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1703 to 1735.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E31 — Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly

I’m exhausted as any introvert can be — energy, ambition and overall level of caring about this passion project depleted.  Just grunt work left.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:We don’t get to decide what’s empowering. You’ll get a charge from unexpected places, and watch others be revved up by things you’d have expected to be draining.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 31 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 18th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Spent the afternoon yesterday using my LinkedIn network to update Contacts and “Friends of Steves” emails.

Boring.

Until, one of my former Executive MBA students reached out to me.  

She messaged me in LinkedIn because she noticed I landed on her profile and clicked on her contact information and copied and pasted her into my contacts.  

I thought she had moved back to Silicon Valley from Orange County but in a couple of message volleys discovered she’s operating from the UK, having relocated her strategic marketing and customer experience consulting firm.

The exchange boosted my energy level. 

But, what really got my creative juices flowing was stumbling across an article profiling the CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, who had been interviewed on my Sam Harris podcast.  

His company is behind WordPress and having acquired Woo Commerce and Tumblir and, get this, he’s got 1,1170 employees in 75 countries “speaking 93 languages … The company does not have an office.” 

Steve Glaveski wrote about him while introducing levels of remote work citing the pluses and minuses on Medium, The Five Levels of Remote Work — and why you’re probably at Level 2. 

In his three dimensional pyramid leading to a blue tip of the of Nirvana (which very few any reach, he works his way down to asynchronous communication 

(4) Nirvana 

(3) down to adapting to the medium and 

(2) down to recreating the office but online and

(1) at the bottom non-deliberate action. 

Of course you climb it from 1 to 4 if you know what you’re doing.  

You can probably guess tech companies like Automattic and “Box, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all told their employees some variation of ‘work from home.’” 

Evidence

Oh, oh.  How am I coming across?  Does Zahnny’s Holiday Tau hit too close to home?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “A story can be an instrument of control. That’s why you have to be very careful about how you cast yourself in your own stories. Make sure you’re the hero, not the victim.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  We all know this isn’t my birthday.  Not even close.  Nor is it Emma the Baroness’ but we’re not above faking it.  Not to the level of paying for fake IDs or passports, but more like a misdemeanor offense.  Chaos? Check.  Intention? Check. Transformation?  I’ll check into it and report later in the year.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You have everything you need to take on this exciting year. Do plenty of brainstorming and experimenting to figure out what you like and want to pursue. Once you have strong intent, all will organize around that. A patch of chaos you weren’t sure what to do with will turn out to be the source of an exciting transformation.

Again with your spot on TauBits of Wisdom, G&G.  Drudgery turned into an energizing coincidence via LinkedIn and then Glaveski’s Medium article about Matt Mullenweg’s approach to making Remote Work, well work boosted my serendipity-fueled adrenalin higher.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:We don’t get to decide what’s empowering. You’ll get a charge from unexpected places, and watch others be revved up by things you’d have expected to be draining.” Virgo

Would you agree with our Patron Saint, Emma the Baroness?  We started off that way, but have we settled into habits?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): For a relationship to succeed, all parties should be self-reliant and yet willing to ignore that and rely on one another anyway, not because they have to, but because that’s what relationships are for.  Aries

Wait, is this a companion TauBit of Wisdom to McQueens?  Are you three trying to tell me something?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s amazing how doing the right thing in general will lead to many very specific correct actions. The situation that most needs improvement will fall right into place.  Taurus

Needy is as needy does, but I’m not risking a small fine for stealing yours.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Approval, attention, affection, recognition — to pretend you don’t need these things is silly, but to appear to need them too much is off-putting. So you’ll play it rather cool, choosing your moments to be direct.” Leo

Hi Harvey, you Holiday Tau is timely and on display as MAGA folks demonstrate against anything forcing them to change their habits for the good of the Huntington Beach, California.  Separately, I’ll make sure I include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report of my 1-year experiment.  Thanks, Steve.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’re not looking to be consoled by things that affirm what you already believe, at least not consciously. To stay aware and honest, keep questioning what you think is true.  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1594 to 1628.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”
    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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S1 E175 — Where’s the Finish Line? Is This Ever Going to End?

Today’s one of those low ebb kind of days after trading in my friend of 20 years for a new model.  Except the sexy new thing didn’t perform as expected.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 175 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I couldn’t get CarPlay functioning.  Nobody at the dealership could either after troubleshooting my iPhone 8 power cord with their power cords and newer model iPhone.

Look it said so in the features on this vehicle when I conducted my comparison searches.  I asked Siri for a solution.  She was no help.  I typed in the problem statement a variety of ways into the Google browser.  

Lot’s of similar problems, but not with an iPhone 8.  

Story of my life.  

I returned to making sense out of publishing articles to Patreon, desperately trying to reference posts like about Dave McCoy, the entrepreneur who build Mammoth Mountain. Well, the mountain was already there, but you get the picture.

Didn’t complete any goals for the week, except for meeting with Steve B, but I didn’t follow up with him. I gave up and returned to the LA Times.

So I turned to Michael Hiltzik who wrote about a 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,”

Evidence

Yesterday turned out to shine as far as our legitimate Holiday Tau — Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  How about today? I wonder why I’m so reluctant to follow today’s TauBit?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Every stage and room of life is different.  What plays well on one doesn’t look so great on another.  Get help setting things up.  Another eye on things won’t be a bad idea.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Most of this is true for me except for the last sentence, but the least amount of truthiness is this is my birthday.  You already know it’s not.  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll discover secrets inside yourself and others.  Knowing how things work makes you more powerful in the world.  You’ll love what it feels like to go where you only dreamed of going before.  A relationship grows more dear to you.  And this team will create interesting things together.”

Rooms, what’s with rooms today?  A cage?  Sorry Jobs, I don’t get it.  But, you certainly did at Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Center) when Larry Tesler hosted their GUI interface.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): As beautiful or gilded as a room may be, if you can’t get out when you want to, it’s still a cage.  It’s a day to test and protect your freedom.” Pisces

Don’t I wish your Holiday Tau rang true during this low ebb day.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: To know you’re getting something good even when the indicators are mixed — this is the art and talent you’ll have today.”  Taurus

Okay, my mother behaved in a way consistent she said with our heritage — neither one of us wants to throw money at something if we can get it cheaper or figure out a better way.  Thanks for your TauBit of Wisdom guys.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Before you sign up for a class or throw money at a situation, maybe what’s needed is another way of thinking about what’s goin on here.” Virgo

Making room, a room can be a cage, every room and stage of life is different.  Is that the theme for today’s Holiday Tau?

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: There are things you have but no longer need, things you need but don’t have.  Get rid of the excess to make room for the new.” Sagittarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 
    • Michael Hiltzik wrote about 1979 demonstration for Steve Jobs at PARC by Larry Tesler, who died at age 74, 

“But his most important contribution to computing history may have been his role in giving Jobs a front-row view into PARC’s technology. I told the story in my 1999 book about PARC, “Dealers of Lightning,” 

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.
    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept. 
    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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S2 E24 — Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question?  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right. “Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 24 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

Usually like Paul Simon I get all the news I need from my AccuWeather app, but today I’m drawn to the Comics page.

You won’t be able to see the big picture today and that’s perfectly fine. … growth happens one cell at a time. Focus on what’s next. Your intuition will help you this. Ask a question about what to do, and then accept the answer. The big picture is made up of several small pictures.” Holiday Mathis

I’m almost never disappointed in the wisdom traded between Frazz, a school janitor  song writer, and Caulfield, a precocious student and smart ass beyond his years.

“… When you just ask for answers, and you get your answers, then you bypass the search for patterns.  And patterns are where you find the answers, and the search is where you do the learning.” From Frazz by Jef Mallett

Other than hanging out with Comics, how should I be spending my time?  

Carefully breathing life into more than a dozen unpublished drafts about Italy in the Western Skies and Island Current queue, write the origin story of South Orange County neighborhoods which illustrates two-way migration to and from hundreds of similar lifestyle profiled neighborhoods across regions of the US for my website, Knowledge Banking, and then crank up tentative drafts of Norway.

That’s the writing and editing fun stuff.  

But I need to keep all of these documented daily habits on track to crescendo into self-publishing five books, regardless of questionable results from my scheme to draw rave reviews from Patreon fans.  

Which is another way of saying I shouldn’t hang out so much with Comics, because I need to work on the business by protecting the pipeline, and the writing process without allowing distracting, slip-sliding-away procrastinations (frequently interjected by Leo da V) “this close” to gating the flow from inspiration to publication, promotion and beyond.

Speaking of Leo da V, he turned out to be useful.  

“Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.  

Driving all the way over I was in my head, nervous and anxious about how I would do.  I almost missed the last turnoff.  The steering wheel stiffened. My keep-the-driver-in-the-middle-lane feature jarred me out my fear induced revery.  

Would I be late? Where is the building and parking lot? Did I wear the right clothes — not too casual, not too formal? Would they notice the zit in the middle of my forehead? What would they expect of me?  What if no one else showed up? 

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question.  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right.  I picked up the Crystal Geyer water bottle in a silent nod to the eager student and gestured a just-a-moment, and with a smile first, took a small swig to lubricate the dryness in my mouth, pausing for effect and after twisting the cap back on replied, “I’ve always been told that Art comes from Tupelo or Tallahassee one of those ’T’ places.” 

A polite laugh from the attendees allowed him enough time to ask his follow up question, “Haha. No I mean where does your art come from?”  

To which I replied with a twinkle in my eye, “Oh, actually from KnowWere Atoll.” And, I meant it.

Evidence

One of the fun things about quality control and efficiency and laziness emerges from my process of finding the Holiday Tau online after checking each contender, on the section next to the Comics page,  so I can cut and paste.  I’m usually in a hurry which is my excuse for not noticing these gems until today:

Holiday Forecast for the week ahead:  

… brings us into full awareness that we don’t know everything we want to or need to know to move forward. Many will be enticed to sign up for formal coaching or classes. Those who love a good plan will ready themselves, believing that a difficulty you expect is much easier to handle and master than one you don’t. But if the luxury of formal education isn’t within your reach, don’t worry. Learning on your feet might be frustrating but it makes you stronger than any other kind of learning. Life isn’t a controlled environment in which the tests and lessons have been laid out logically, leading to the mastery of one skill set. Life is more of a jungle free-for-all where the rules, if there are any, keep changing. The prizes change, too.

This one, unlike the forecast is legitimately for Emma the Baroness and me.  About love.  We’re all about love even after all these years.  As a lover and a husband, what would happen if  I didn’t rank Zahnny with a power “5”? You (I) don’t want to find out.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Loving is easier than communicating love, which can be tricky, laden in expectation and the pressure to get things right. For today, stop trying to communicate and just focus on loving.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So you’re saying if I really buckle down and actually spend the time like I should, instead of listening to Leo da V, July and September will be golden — if only this was my birthday, which it is NOT!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

 … and you’ll hang your star on ideas you hadn’t thought possible. Make vision boards, to-do lists, bucket lists and the like. Motivation and plan will come together with a satisfying click. You’ll have money to invest in July. September brings a sweet happening in your personal life.

You know, like mom I always liked you best — all of you, but equally.  Two comedians and an inventor.  Just creative enough and inventive enough to recognize a kindred spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Yup.  Not only tribes I belong to, but improving the moving among tribes and the talent cultures the form in different organization and at each unique stage of growth.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You improve the world by doing as much as you can in the tribes you belong to. If you feel limited by the group, then you’ll join another. Your capacity for friendship and service is bigger than most.” Sagittarius

Following Leo da V’s musings is more fun, but what I’m getting from your Holiday Tau today, Steve, is track where he nudges me to spend my time, and slowly but surely reinforce myself for time in service of closing the gap accomplishing both doing the work and working on the business.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When you follow your own leadership, reward, encourage and treat yourself. The more you reinforce a preferred behavior, the more likely you are to exhibit it.” Aries

Is this some kind of intervention?  Or are you two musicians in cahoots with our Patron Saint, McQueen?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll ask yourself, ‘Is this who I want to be?’ and then make little adjustments from there to either reinforce your choice or turn it in a new direction.  Taurus

What about you Smithy?  Are you ganging up on me, too?  Wait, your Holiday Tau says I don’t have to panic like everyone else did making a run on Costco toilet paper?  

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sky is not falling. It makes some people feel better to join in a panic, and there’s always one going on somewhere. You can choose to participate in it or not. Do what’s right for you.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”

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S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  But it’s Shaggy’s birthday.  Emma the Baroness and I dutifully await the appropriate time to text fantastic birthday wishes on an early sleep-in morning-after Sunday. 

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, I still have a lot of publishing to do. I’d be dishonest if I told you I mastered my new intention of publishing daily, especially after breaking up what I considered my source document.  

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  

In Know Laboratories:

      • “Research and Development”
      • “Artificial Intelligence”
      • “Innovation”
      • “Disruptions”
      • “Remote Work”
      • “Trends”
      • “Hacking”
      • “Brain” again
      • “Planet” again

In Best West Road Trips:

      • “South Coast Region” 
      • “Central Coast Region”
      • “Peninsula Region”
      • “San Francisco Region”
      • “North Bay Region”
      • “North Coast Region”

But, the number one question on my mind is if the ex will be able to serve out his time in Moscow del Lago or not, as Putin wants to debate Biden and Fox News bets on Putin.

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank you Steve.  Your Holiday Tau describes a core approach I’ve taken over the years.  Share what works as you create new knowledge and innovation so you can anticipate what’s next and make better choices.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While there’s nothing you can do to ensure tomorrow goes to plan, keeping track of what did and didn’t work in the past gives you greater control over the impactful elements.” Pisces

Wildcards.  Thanks Smith and Nicks for your TauBit of Wisdom.  If wildcards continually surprise you and stop you in your tracks, then try Jobs’ prescription for anticipation.

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Normally, I’d agree with McQueen’s Holiday Tau — diversity of opinions keeps Paradoxy-Moron organizations inventing and building their capacity for cutting edge innovations.  But, at the macro-political level, not so much.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just because nobody objects to an idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Controversy gives things heat, which makes things happen. You’ll thrive on the energy of diverse opinions and opposing points of view.”  Aries

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S2 E23 — Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal

March came in like a lion and left us feeling like this was the start of a Great Recession rewind …  But, then is this what’s really going on?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Each bit of information has a particular frequency. When you share information, you share the vibrational tone of it, too. Vibrations change what’s around them. Choose carefully what you share.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 23 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 4th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

“The digital era has turned what was once unconscious into a very conscious act of curation.” — Holiday Mathis

But, then …

“You’ve lost weight.”  That was the first thing I noticed, but kept to myself while the percolator grumbled to a halt and I unfolded the morning newspaper.  

“What, no more mega-rich hot properties to sustain you?” I said nothing.  

Thinner paper. Fewer sections commanding their separate but equal identities.  

It reminded me of the days, weeks and months leading up to our summer vacation just a few years ago when real estate news was no news.  

It was status quo. Then later hit its groove bullying its way back into the California news.  Now what? 

“You’re becoming anorexic,” I kept to myself.  

At  least you showed up on time, when the family room glare reflected off the darkened french doors leads me from the front door into the chilly blackness at 5:23 am.

Craving that dark smudge of newspaper ink on the tips of our thumb, and pointy-finger and bird flipping fingers Emma the Baroness and I settled into our family room facing couches to recommend articles we each scanned briefly.  

We traded Chris Erskine’s column with each other, now post loss of his wife and adult son, for his take on the human condition:

Hostage Day No. 21: At some point, men will need haircuts and the nail salons will be forced to reopen, or this thing could get really ugly. As it is, a lot of husbands are discovering that their wives have been coloring their hair. Once relationship secrets like that start spilling out, where does it end? 

Turns out the Chardonnay Moms in our little town require a bit of maintenance. The husbands require almost zero. Once in a while, you splash them with a little Lysol. “OK, dear, turn around,” the wives then say, and blast them with the garden hose. 

We live now in a world of our own small, comforting habits. Everyone is coping differently. 

My bored son and I pass long days practicing his driving. We drive round and round in giant loops, admiring the mushroom clouds of spring. Look, whatever gets you through the night. 

I try not to judge. Heck, I barely move. I’ve worn the same pair of PJs during my entire captivity. I sit around reading dog-eared Ken Kesey novels and listening to Kenny Rankin records. I thumb my ear as if there’s a bug in there somewhere. 

My daughter Rapunzel confesses to, once or twice a day, pausing to take a few deep breaths to test her lungs.

When I feel scared, I imagine striking out the ’27 Yankees. I pitch Babe Ruth nothing but butterfly changeups and dirty curveballs. I zing him tight on the chin. He laughs a little and flicks the next pitch into the North Atlantic. 

Jerk.

But, then …

Evidence

The question now turns to which TauBits of Wisdom might lift the surrounding darkness and lighten the mood?  Right, no legitimate Tau for Zahnny, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness nor me, so skipping then to those other four Steves who are ripe for the picking, eh?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wait, Smithy, are you synching up your Holiday Tau with well, Holiday Mathis’ curation insight — flipping from unconscious to consciously intended? Or is your’s operating on a physics string theory kind of rhythm? 

You’re making me stand on my tip toes to grab, “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. off our top book shelf. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Each bit of information has a particular frequency. When you share information, you share the vibrational tone of it, too. Vibrations change what’s around them. Choose carefully what you share.” Gemini

So Coach Kerr, you’re going to have to help me out with your provocative Holiday Tau. I hope it’s not how I felt the economic and political vibrations signal another Great Recession, so be prepared.  I hope it’s about Kobe Bryant being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame instead. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll experience an instance of poetic justice. This is the most delicious happening of the week and is best savored instead of shared, as its meaning is mostly relevant to you.” Libra

Haha.  As if this passion project isn’t enough to stretch my essence and reputation (real, but probably imagined) I hope you are right.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You know who you are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new styles of being. The more confident you are in your essence, the less you need to cling to one way of presenting yourself.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”

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S3 E14 — How!

The excitement of March Madness kicks off today.  Or should have. I wonder if Emma the Baroness’ “little” brother will miss attending the pandemic-restricted event with his longtime friends — not that he really likes basketball all that much, certainly not as much as teaching kids how to ski at Copper Mountain.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 14 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 20th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

I bang away on my black keyboard keys while sitting on my black diamond-shaped patterned futon with green and brown and reddish streaks under the black diamonds.  

My black office chair blocks a certain view of the mess across from me — including yellow towels, folders and tax receipts.  But, here’s really what you might miss in the desk disarray. 

An old, small, brown slim book with barely held together in its original binding.  Ironically it sits just to the left of “Killers of the Flower Moon” second from the end of a book end held in place with a gray pewter college mug.  

Could it have been what launched a lifelong obsession and fascination with Native Americans?  

One with a through line that includes a book about Crazy Horse, maybe by Shannon Garst,  read during my bout with childhood chickenpox or measles in Warren Township, New Jersey, fed onward with “White Eagle, Indian Chief” comic books about the plains Indians, and my 9 and 10 years-olds adventures with Billy into the woods bordered by Dock Watch Hollow Road.

Like mixed metaphors we pretended to be Crazy Horse of the plains roaming Sioux, yet searched for the any signs of the Leni Lenape (Delaware People of the Northeastern Woodlands) along forest trails.

Later as an adult, at midlife, I rekindled my spirit by reading “Bury Me at Wounded Knee” allowing me later to emphasize how Native Americans were tricked and treated as the white- justified “Manifest Destiny” historic theme unfolded in the first ever blog I wrote,  The Journal of 2020 Foresight”.

Could it?  

I mean this fragile, mysterious little book, “Wanamaker Primer on the North American Indian: Hiawatha Produced in Life — Wanamaker — Originator  brought it all back.

If you turn to the inside cover you find only a symbol of Wanamaker – Originator with a 1909 Copyright.  

And you’ve got a 112 year old mystery on your hands. Hiawatha and Wanamaker?  How did it make its way to my messy desk top?

And, yet even more remarkable, President Biden, appointed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. 

“Haaland was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo.The Pueblo people have lived on the land that is now the state of New Mexico since the 1200s and Haaland identifies herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican.” 

Take that, Manifest Destiny!

Evidence

Haha, so convenient.  Zahn’s back and his (our) Holiday Tau couldn’t be any more apropos, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if you were still alive, Steve you might have felt the longing that we pandemic-bound whiners cry about.  Will we remember to stop and smell the roses shown on the other side of a zoom screen?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Even as you long for things to be different, recognize the preciousness of this time. Long stretches of sameness are a necessary backdrop to change. The movement and the stillness are equally lovely.” Aries

Thanks WW&C.  Your Holiday Tau reminds me of a scene I witnessed in high school.  My best friend had his back to the hallway while he switched out text books between classes when from behind he got shoved near his neck — which had been broken not quite a year earlier.  He felt the rage and pivoted around in a whirl, but encountered one of our friends instead of the school bully.  

In microseconds his rage vanished into laughter.  Funny how one detail changes everything in the moment. Today, however I am woefully behind by at least 26 article drafts waiting for final editing before being published.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re focused on what you get to do instead of what you have to do. Of course, they are the same action items, but that one-word change makes all the difference.” Taurus

I like this sentiment, Ms Nicks since I figure you’ve written so many songs and performed so may times loosely documenting your love interests and relationships that the TauBit of Wisdom means a little more to me and Emma the Baroness.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “In relationships, what succeeds or fails isn’t in the actual real-world exchanges but in the participant’s heads. You’ll increase the impact of your actions by focusing beyond them and into the mind of your counterpart.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E22 — Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines

Those little changes in routines make Emma the Baroness and me a little more paranoid. Months ago, she bought a box not wanting to spread a persistent cough to the “Three Chick” sipping wine and dinner during their Rose Review on opening night of “The Bachelor.” Now, we have more masks than we’ll ever need to use, right?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 22 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 3rd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

We like shopping at Ralph’s grocery store as early shoppers line up on the sidewalk in a queue waiting until for their elders to unhurriedly roam the aisles, stand on footprints six feet apart, and be traffic copped-like choreographed into check out lanes.  

Except for the major change with plastic bags — the heavier duty reuse kind — that the checkers and the baggers don’t touch anymore.  

That change causes the minor major riff in men and women shopping.  Men hunt.  Women graze.  Emma the Baroness hates self-check out machines and would rather wait minutes longer in check out line to save a job.  

Since we’re now bagging our own kill, I’d rather mosey up the “Welcome Valued Shopper” and handle my transaction in seconds.

We’re proud of our safety first protocol.  Did you touch the virus?  

We Purell our hands, our keys, our phones (sorta) the door handles, the trunk latch but not our face mask.  

We stage our grocery bags at the entrance of our garage having Purelled its opener, and the garage refrigerator handle, and the door nob to our house and then wash our hands with hot soapy water Sanjay Gupta style.

We let the bags with nonperishable, non-refrigerator imperatives sit in the garage for 36 hours, just in case.  And then another 24 hours for items we let in neatly lined up against a hallway wall on the brown wood floor that connects our downstairs bathroom to our dining room and into the kitchen.

Uh oh. Now what? 

I slept in until just a smidge after day light.  Trundled down the stairs. Peaked out into the gray.  And couldn’t see it.  Without any filter, paranoid questions flooded my mind:

      • Maybe it was obscured by a bush, or landed under the CR-V resting on the cement.  
      • Was the Orange County paper printing presses halted by the virus?  
      • Or, the paper slinger sidelined by what Trump insists is the China virus?  
      • Couldn’t she, Holiday Mathis, who writes the Holiday Tau, have predicted this? 
      • Or, did she?  Without the print edition, how will we find out?

Fighting to float to the top in my mind, past the road to paranoia, is the offramp to understanding, I remind myself over and over.  

Why is something happening? 

If that, then this!

    • If that’s the reason, then you’ll know exactly what to do about it. 
    • The cause that explains the symptoms.  
    • Marshall McLuhan said something like it’s standing under something, visually.

Curiosity.  

To me it’s a gap closer.  

It’s what drove Leonardo, if you believe Walter Isaacson, and scientists that Mario Livio explained in, “Why: What Makes Us Curious?”  

Even Michael Connelly, my favorite author since watching Prime TV and then reading his Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch LA detective series fictionalizes curiosity in a non-Bosch story.

His main character (maybe falling under Leo da V’s spell)  should be paying attention to wooing the critical next investor to keep his lab afloat instead of solving a Malibu beach murder. 

In Connelly’s “Chasing the Dime” novel, the pursuit takes him into an impossible, high risk set of circumstances with no way out. 

Until some little thing overlooked shows just a sliver of light which may lead to the daylight at the end of the darkening tunnel. 

With enough venture capital, he’d be back breakthrough-ing in his “Paradoxy-Moron” lab.

Which, is the answer Connelly’s scientist character would have, if he was Steve Zahn, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness or me instead. 

And for those who know me, this is one of the opening standby questions I’d always ask of clients and EMBA students who sought my career and life trajectory advice. 

It’s the topic explored in the opening chapter, “Life on Your Own Terms” in Book One, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”. And, thanks for asking, I took my own advice …

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you had all the money you could possibly spend, then would you still be doing this work you’re doing today? If not, what work would you still be willing to do? A job you love won’t feel like a job at all.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks, guys. Your Holiday Tau means the most to me as I push through on this passion project path.  But, will the scenery get better sometime soon?  How long before we’ll be forced to change?  Shouldn’t we take the time to toy with ideas and spin some scenarios?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Though you may doubt your path, don’t turn back. Forward march. The scenery will get better up ahead. The time to change is when you’re certain. Give yourself the leeway to toy with ideas.” Leo

Hi Coach Kerr.  Correct me if I’m wrong. What your Holiday Tau signals is the setting and the frame of mind you should be in to spin scenarios about what probably will happen, given the rippling effects of unintended consequences and the reactions to those first, second, and third order into other traumatic changes in time to take advantage as they play out?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You appreciate easy, delightful hours but you don’t expect every moment to be a smooth adventure. This helps you take on challenges without the stress and drama that comes with thinking things should be different.” Libra

Now, isn’t this the newer story of my life on this path?  Yo G&G I’m talking to you.  Nod if you’re there.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You can occupy the present without being there. Your internal reality is constantly reaching into the future, back to the past or to the realms where the opinions and stories exist. Bringing yourself to the present moment takes effort.” Virgo

Hey, W&W I like the your Holiday Tau, because the lyrics speak to me much like Leo da V, my muse does when he whispers something that triggers free associations frequently enough to create something new.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Dreams have been called postcards from another world, an interior landscape where a different language is spoken. The awake and reasonable part of you could crack some of this subconscious code today.  Taurus

However comma here’s the counterpoint to always following Leo da V, the part about a strength over used turns into a weakness.  Thanks Steve for letting me swipe your TauBit of Wisdom.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: What should you do with the thoughts and actions that run at cross-purposes with what you want? Drop them. Decide what to do and then tell yourself that it’s as good as done.” Sagittarius

At first I felt due to circumstances I over curated today’s Holiday Tau, but your’s Smithy is step two to Aoki’s, am I right?

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It would be easy to blame circumstances for the things you don’t have time for today, but that goes against your sense of responsibility. Instead, you’ll make extra efforts to prioritize what matters to you.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E13 — Why?

Have you ever pushed the wrong button on your remote or tapped on a link by accident and found something very interesting?  No, me neither.   

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 13 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 19th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects;  S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt … 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

But, I’m so far behind in my publishing pipeline that my conscious mind detached from my finger and clicked on the bio of the source of the Holiday Tau — Holiday Mathis.

So?  I’m pretty sure this portion of her bio is what attracted me enough to engage in my 1-Year Experiment that wrapped up just as the pandemic forced a lot of us into remote work. 

And, here it is where the beginning to the end of life as we’ve known it may be a few more vaccine shots — Fauci Ouchies — away.

Here’s the portion I enjoyed.  

Life can seem at times to be chaotic and random. Humans are notoriously uncomfortable with randomness. Our brains have evolved to filter out most of it, so what gets through are the threats, the changes, and a small amount of “other” from which we are compelled to try make order, to look for a pattern, to come up with a theory, to construct a narrative, to dig into a belief about… is trying, like we all are, to find the pattern.

Evidence

So why is there no Holiday Tau for us — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Especially since Emma the Baroness returned yesterday afternoon from four days at Mammoth Mountain for the family ski trip.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks the Stevie — maybe from her years of singing love songs — here’s the missing Holiday Tau I expected.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The work of love isn’t a doing/acting/fixing job today. The work of love is a listening gig, an ‘entering in the spirit of another’ practice, a task that encompasses receiving and relaxing.” Gemini

And, maybe more profound, but on the same wavelength marries our hearts with our spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The silence between two people is as unique as the sound of their shared language. As you listen to a quiet punctuated by words, you’ll hear clearly the heart’s intention.” Sagittarius

The older we get, and as I advised Executive MBA students and cautioned executive new hires to reframe from was blurting out how we handled that at (my former company) you have to guard against, because it gets old quickly.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:What you’re hearing will mentally trigger a story about the time it happened to you, but you won’t tell that story. Instead, you’ll give your support generously without flipping focus your way.” Cancer

Maybe because I’m addicted to Michael Connelly’s Bosch series and more than I expected to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Microft Holmes series, I want to dig deeper.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E21 — Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance? It won’t be the last time, because it happens more frequently.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 21 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 2nd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

Overtaken by events once more, I’m urgently summarizing the last four critical chapters from my second book in The Knowledge Path series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses:  Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”.

Is it time for elevating these lessons to a higher priority for publishing on Patreon?

Disruption  (Surviving)

“Those of us who have been in transition (between jobs) can tell you that when you are blind-sided it’s not fun.” 

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.

Steps (6) Anticipate changing circumstances and economic cycles.

Anticipation (Thriving, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF))

“Give yourself and your loved ones more choices and options.”

Why anticipation acts like an advanced warning device: gain more control and thrive.

Step (19) Anticipate the growing shifts in life and business. Nobody wants to swim upstream if the current is moving everything in the opposite direction. Clue your fans in.

Translation  (Fans)

“What isn’t smart is to build the core of your business around something that can change in a heartbeat.”

How to take complex change and translate it into concrete action that lets other people survive the tsunami, you become one of the most valuable people society has to offer. 

Step (18) If your lesser fans have lost their way and you can offer solutions to thrive in bad and good times, then you have a solid opportunity to convert them into true fans for life.

Resilience  (Time Frames: 2003 to 2008; 2009 to 2014; 2015 to 2020)

“You see your peers not able to adapt, not able to grasp reality, and it’s really the death of a thousand cuts.”

What happens when you exceed your “absorption threshold” especially for longer periods of time – dysfunction, fatigue, emotional burnout, inefficiency, even sickness or drug abuse.

Step (17) Sketch out your trajectory in 5-year time frames.  Will we fall into another recession?  Absolutely.  Will you be ready this time with future-proofed strategies? 

Step (7) Persist and pivot to navigate external threats and opportunities.

Does history repeat itself?  

Was it really Mark Twain who said something along the lines that if it doesn’t it rhymes.  

The lessons from thriving during the Great Recession may require tweaking, but the rhythm and chorus feels about right.

Evidence

Let’s check in with our Holiday for today, shall we?

Unless or until this period in our lives becomes more dire, I’d say our legitimate TauBit of Wisdom rings true, just not that high on my list.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The best reason to improve?  For you, it’s to fulfill an idea you have about who you might be.” Scorpio 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I realize this is only the second Holiday Tau for 9 sets of Steves, but without considering the rest your’s hits home.  My research into Inner-Directed MBTI temperaments as a way of identifying their best fits in organization type and growth stage must be what you’re talking about.  I have to weigh this set of COVID-19 concerns to determine if the potential pandemic threat is a distraction or a new focus. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can’t afford to be pulled out of the flow of what you’re doing.  Sure, you can jump back in, but every distraction cost you something.”   Aries

So W&W I hear the tune you’re playing, but today’s not the day for me to sing along.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: There have been plenty of days when you didn’t want to do something, and you did it anyway because you’re a person who honors your commitments.  Today, you’ll be rewarded.”  Taurus

Okay.  Are you saying feelings of panic or the denial of procrastination or just plain distraction can work for me?  I’m not quite there yet, Smithy but if it comes to that, I’ll remember your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Stay fixed on your aim, and let whatever feelings show up organize themselves to help you.” Gemini

Howey, is your Holiday Tau about writer’s block?  Or, is this a complementary TauBit of Wisdom to share with Smithy?  Either way, I’m not feeling the need.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:There are plenty of reasons why you can’t do the thing, and writing them down is the first step in your plan.”  Cancer

Here’s how I’m interpreting your Holiday Tau guys, tell me if I’m wrong.  This loops back all the way to McQueen’s TauBit of Wisdom, right?  So, I need to reach out to my network of mentors, proteges and longtime associates and friends to check in on how they are coping?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your reputation is excellent, and you’ll like the feedback you get when you test that.” Leo

Firm believer here, Coach Kerr.  Your Holiday Tau might as well be preaching to the choir. Especially we introverts love to reflect and meditate, and if this COVID phenomenon is just a scare, I’ll be able to return to offering options when changing careers.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Can anyone tell you what to do with your life? Sure, and lots of people will be happy too. But moments of reflection and meditation will give you better intel.” Libra

Sometimes I mix you and Kerr up although you played a different style of basketball in the NBA.  You should become a coach.  Anyway, spaces.  Almost like that famous Wayne Gretzky quote about shooting the puck to where the scorer will be, not where he is now.  Your soccer probably contributed to how great you were at reading spaces and passing lanes in motion.  Am I right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:The space between things will convey more meaning than things themselves.  You’ll get good at reading spaces.” Aquarius

OMG.  Your Holiday Tau completely took a sharp turn from where I felt your were going.  I love where you left it — an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention — so you!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1525. 

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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