S1 E155 — Distraction or Viewing Addiction?

What happened to my drive?  There’s so much to do and so little time left over from my impeachment viewing addiction.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If someone tells you that you can’t, it only strengthens your will to prove them wrong.  Whatever has been bottled up will now pop out.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 155 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 18th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context  

Here’s what I’m loosely thinking about for gaining a little more self-control:

I’m feeling the need to band my days; schedule types of activities old and new as I launch and maintain Patreon, schedule benefits delivered to each tier, promote assertively to attract awareness, interest, liking and desire.  

I’m thinking those activities are low energy sucking, almost routines that require little to no inspiration beyond daily habits near the end of the day.  

Then there’s the before and after walking, until around 12:30 or 1 pm which is for imagining, conceptualizing, pre-writing in What would Leo da V do? Time before walking and then drafting, editing and publishing until 1pm.

But, there’s flipping, cascading and pin boarding in early mornings that would both inspire and replace What would Leo da V do? Time, or at least sap energy from it. 

I’m thinking of color coding the time boxes which wouldn’t replace the color text I’m using.  Eventually the two text and time slots would match up.

Evidence

Is it any wonder, then that we — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I — don’t have any Holiday Tau to bring me to my senses?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  This ain’t no birthday of mine.  It may be yours and you should claim it, but may steal it before you can find it.  It’s got all the key words I like about me — brilliant, plan, treasures and path.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Brilliant and driven, you will surge with the power of a plan.  Things will derail and adjustments must be made.  You’ll get so good at getting back on track.  Persistence allows you to claim the many treasures along your path that weren’t necessarily what you were aiming for and are all the more delightful.”

I don’t recall either of you working your Holiday Tau into any of your albums.  Speaking for Emma the Baroness and me our beginnings resembled more like lighting kindling, because it was so combustible we felt we could hardly contain it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The beginnings of a relationship are like a winter morning walk.  Give it a few laps to see if internal temperatures adjust for a pleasantly invigorating experience.  Taurus

So, you’re saying taking three mile walks is a good thing? Or, are you saying that my addiction to the impeachment hearings requires a break from time to time or I’ll continue to wake up at 3 am every night?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:The energy of anticipation can go awry and must be managed.  Step away, distract yourself, calm down and come back.”  Cancer

Money is riding on it?  How?  You mean my viewing addiction to find out who knew what and when distracts me from what I intended to complete with my Patreon page?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Sometimes you like finding out what people know that you don’t because it’s interesting.  But right now money is riding on it.  Ask outright.” Leo

Respect and trust flew out the window when it comes to the current president in my view.  That’s how I answered Emma the Baroness’ cousin’s husband while we men sipped our beer in the afternoon sun around small tables waiting for the cousins return from their Norwegian shopping in Lillehammer.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Respect is the bedrock of good relationships; it makes things easier, allowing you go give and receive the benefit of the doubt.” Sagittarius

Sure, that works.  Maybe I should get someone to say that, or tell myself that.  Will that work to get me back on track?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If someone tells you that you can’t, it only strengthens your will to prove them wrong.  Whatever has been bottled up will now pop out.” Pisces

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S1 E154 — Ever Gotten That 3 am Call from Gilligan?

My best intentions drifted away. Instead, the televised impeachment inquiry proceedings mesmerized me. And my podcasts broadcasted all the dirt on the Trump and the Kushner families’ alleged corruption.

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:There is an island within you where you can take refuge.  You don’t have to wait until things get difficult to go there.”  Capricorn

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 154 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of January in winter of 2020.

Context 

So it was no mystery I woke up to light drizzle click, click, clicking on a metal vent sticking out of the wall at the base of our house somewhere near the empty fireplace in the family room with a bubbling out of unconsciousness thought-snippet of: 

The Knowledge Banking core process  for taking clients, customers, subscribers and members (Patrons) on a journey: 

      1. Guided. This or that? Assistance from an advisor to get you started.
      2. Sort Through, Search Again. Do your own research as you weigh your options.
      3. Subscribe to your niche. Receive knowledge critical for your success.
      4. Tagged Member Profile. Gain from a like-minded community.

How close am I to activating it with Patreon using resources integrated with WordPress or not? Pretty sure that was the question that kept me tossing and turning awake at 3 am.

While barely awake and reading mostly in the dark in low screen light so as not to disturb Emma the Baroness another question hijacked my consciousness.

Why did my Kindle’s lower left screen notify me I still had hours left when I’d already finished the book?  

Two reasons.  

Stuff I can use.  

The author included chapters from his other three books after the notes and acknowledgements. 

And, he included questions for book clubs, like the ones Emma the Baroness finds on line to take with her to her book club occasionally, but not  yesterday when she car pooled to San Diego to meet with the rest of her sorority sisters.

Don’t get me wrong.  I accomplished nothing. 

My TV addiction pulled me to channel surf while I scrounged little TidBits until the next installment began when the House of Representatives formerly delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate floor with Adam Schiff reading them.  

      • Later John Roberts, the Chief Justice, was sworn in and he then had the senators swore an oath to do their duty as prescribed by the constitution and then sign their oath.  Hmm.  
      • Meanwhile, the Rudy operative was interviewed on CNN claiming Trump and Rudy were quid pro quo-ing all over the place.  
      • He was on the ground and John Bolton was in the administration, so they should, could be called as witnesses to connect all the dots.  Will Mitch McConnell and the Senate do the right thing?

Evidence

Could the Steves Holiday Tau make a difference and pull me back on track?

And, probably from a peaceful night’s sleep, right Zahn?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Why bother integrating your mind and body?  Because any division that exists here cuts you off from your joy.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So you’re saying there’s still hope?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: It’s not so easy to express the emotions that come up.  This could be the perfect storm from which comes great art.” Leo

If I cast my net too wide, I won’t able to pull it in.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Here comes a scenario you’re overqualified to deal with, and yet solutions elude you.  It’s an opportunity to cast your net wider.” Virgo

I planned on skipping through your Holiday Tau too because of how the first two sentences read.  But, the third reminded me of a song, maybe from Paul Simon which described how people only hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest.  Isn’t that happening on the national political stage?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Sometimes you talk and it doesn’t come out the way you want it to.  But most people hear your intentions.  Or they hear what they want to hear, which you can’t control.” Libra

Haha, Steve, you had me with the premise, but lost me in the long-term.  Sorry.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: To go for the short-term gain will be a mistake in the long run.  The mature choice seems less appealing, but the immature one will be embarrassing in retrospect.” Sagittarius

Would this so-called island be called Gilligan’s Island, Harvey?  It certainly feels like our politics makes people like me yearn for an island refuge, but isn’t that maybe why I’m waking up at 3 am?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:There is an island within you where you can take refuge.  You don’t have to wait until things get difficult to go there.”  Capricorn

Okay, it’s not concentration because I’ve got none today.  Maybe serendipity?

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your powers of concentration will be exceptional today.  Wield this well to digest weighty matters.” Pisces

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S4 E6 — Hey Listen Up. Is This What You Need to Succeed?

Now we witness what may lead to the Third World War as Putin acts on the old saying, “Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.”

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

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “The secret to success is… there is no secret. It’s the same thing everyone knows. Work and try. Improv. Try again. When your offer is what they need and want — success!” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 6th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 11th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E5New Season of Domestic and Global ChaosS4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?; S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All;

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?; S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” what it was like being on the call between Trump and Ukraine’s newly elected President Zelensky.

Veering completely away from the talking points Vindman had prepared the topic changed to Burisma,

Vindman writes, he “looked quickly around the table. Were others tracking this?”

By phone, Trump told Zelensky, 

So whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it.

He was extorting Ukraine to damage a political challenger at home and boost his own political fortunes.

Vindman couldn’t believe it at first.  

The duty to report is a critical component of U.S. Army values and of the oath I’d taken to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.

He had an obligation to report misconduct.

It was one thing to put up with the high frequency of lies, something that reminded himself of he and his twin brother’s upbringing — when they were three or four years old, he had his mouth washed out with soap for lying. 

The office alone makes him the most powerful individual in the world. This particular president is notorious for personal vindictiveness.

For anyone whom he deems loyal he’ll pardon them if they commit crimes.

But, he attacks those whom he considers disloyal with firing, vilification, lies, and every kind of illegitimate attempt at reprisal. 

As a little background, now which helps us understand Putin’s invasion of Ukraine here’s a little history.

Soviet Union was carrying on the ancient Russian domination of Ukraine.

Joseph Stalin carried out the Great Purge, killing and imprisoning millions in Ukraine and demolishing the world-class intelligentsia of the city of Kyiv. Germany, in a pact with the Soviet Union, invaded Poland, Ukraine’s neighbor to the West, launching the Second World War.”

Now we witness what may lead to the Third World Way as Putin acts on the old saying, 

Russia without Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.”

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day:

In the early days of the word “sarcasm,” the term referred to a bitter, harsh mockery. In its modern usage, sarcasm is softened by a touch of irony, humor or both. Still, communicating in this way comes with risks to be aware of, especially with today’s climate of sensitivity. Avoid dry or ambiguous humor. Stick with warmth and authenticity.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42: “Some people listen; others just wait for the chance to talk again. You’re an attentive listener who deserves the same. Today it’s better to just avoid the known offenders who can’t or won’t connect.” Cancer

This TauBit of Wisdom got me wondering if we witness more people fitting this description because of the number of selfies taken.  It seems to be a one way street.  Most of my advice over the past decade for Executive MBA students came naturally from attentive listening.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “The potential for tedium is too high for your liking, so whatever you can do to keep things interesting is strongly favored. Elements of humor, mischief, creativity… even chaos… can help.” Virgo

If today was a couple of days ago I would have rated this a “5”, but I’ve worked through the tedious catchup and am down for more mischief …

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “People say it’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play them — not entirely true. Good cards win. Bad cards can win too, but only if you bluff. Today’s game will be tricky; perform and prevail.  Capricorn

Not so much for me, but applied to the chaos and threats let loose on Ukraine by Putin.  Is he getting away with murder, literally, because of his extraordinary bluffing?

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “The secret to success is… there is no secret. It’s the same thing everyone knows. Work and try. Improv. Try again. When your offer is what they need and want — success!” Aquarius

Hey listen up.  If this is what you need, you know where to find me.  On KnowWhere Atoll, haha.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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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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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

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S1 E 153 — Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True.

Yesterday morning I woke up with Neil Young’s song lyric, “Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you …” running through my dream.  Makes me want to  compose something about his song.  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 153 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 16th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

Evidence  

Now, what I’m realizing is why it stuck in my mind.  The original “Journal of 2020 Foresight” blog written at midlife, could be rewritten as a road trip for finding the best place for you to live, which begins and ends with Neil Young.  

For me, Greendale and It’s a Long Road … (“The Painter”) bookend that journey.  

“Greendale. We’re going on a little trip, folks…. So these songs are about a place called Greendale and it’s a green dale…. There’s a lot going on in town. It seems to be a pretty mellow place, really. In town there’s about 20 to 25,000 people and it’s not a very big place at all… “

“If there is a huge map, which there is, that just shows Greendale, very little over here, there’s mountains and farms, over there, there’s an ocean…. Well, Greendale is a nice town, but it has its quirks….“ 

Now put all that into perspective with “Old Man” and it might drive what I’m calling “Volume Three Manuscript” about legacy. 

I can’t say why, but for some reason these small pieces begin to flow together. And, finally, I just rediscovered “Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True,” in an updated chapter from 2009 co-authored book, “Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work”.

But, Young’s chorus from “The Painter” still sums it up

It’s a long road 

Behind me 

It’s a long road 

Ahead 

If you follow every dream You might get lost” 

Exhilarating for me, how was it for you? Haha. Let’s check in with the rest of the Steves 

Hmm.  No nightmares for me.  So, sorry Zahn I’ll pass.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While you’re trying to improve, don’t turn your internal world into a battlefield where the you of your dreams fights the you of your nightmares.  Accept yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

God, I hope not.  If I do, just shoot me.  Sorry Steve you can keep yours too.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Questioning your beliefs regularly is important.  You’ll ask ‘is this true? at least 10 times today.  Aries

It only makes sense that two iconic musicians would have any TauBit of Wisdom that resonates with me today, right?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: The creative process brings you joy.  There’s also impatience, wonder, envy, excitement, frustration, flow, embarrassment, laughter, satisfaction and innumerable other emotions.  Taurus

So, how’d I do today Steve?  I didn’t ask Leo da V anything other than what was that lyric that played in my head.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It’s important to keep to one story for everyone today when consistency matters.” Gemini

I’m sorry G&G, but when I ask Leo da V what I should do I hope for genius, but often I fall susceptible to distractions and side trips taking me away from the tasks at hand.  Leonardo turned out okay, right?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Most bad habits can be more easily bent than broken.  Perhaps what’s needed isn’t blunt force but a twist.” Virgo

Wait, what?  Coach Kerr are you in on this too?  Thousands of years, eh?  I’m only traveling back about 500 years to Leo and his gang during the Italian Renaissance.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It is likely that the very particular and unique feelings you are having have been processed by humans for thousands of years.” Libra

Don’t worry, Steve I won’t.  Emma the Baroness is all I need in the love department.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: When you act out of curiosity, a need for a challenge or a desire to grow yourself, all works well.  Don’t take action because you think it will bring you love.” Sagittarius

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S1 E152 — Why? Again. Why?

Oh yeah?  I’m from Missouri, so show me.  Okay, technically I’m not from Missouri, but my ancestors were hanging on branches in my family tree. Didn’t complete my Patreon page as I intended to yesterday.  Became confused and self-conscious.

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 152 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 12th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’ll find yourself at a loss as to how to solve the problem.  Ask ‘why?’ five times deep. (i.e.: ‘Why am I on edge?’  Because I didn’t get enough sleep.  ‘Why didn’t I get enough sleep?’ Go three more in, and you’ll be at the root.)” Scorpio

Evidence  

Great suggestion, here’s how I applied it:

      1. Why?  For one, I couldn’t make the headline fit the description I intended. 
      2. Why? I didn’t want to promise something I couldn’t deliver.  You know over promise and under deliver.  
      3. Why? I wanted the headline and theme to “About” to act as a brand for all my writing — to re-organized my blogs on my websites and price the tiers low enough that almost everyone who found me would contribute rather than the 3 tiers they give as examples. 
      4. I changed the sequence around in the “About” description so potential patrons wouldn’t have to click on continue to get to the punch line — what’s in it for them.  
      5. I feel like I have to over promise if I follow their suggested format and tips when all I wanted was a single place for my Flipboard magazines, 6 blog postings and drafts of manuscripts to be offered — stuff I’m spreading all over the place.  And to lower the barrier for attracting FOSs and Steves. Which I feel should become my first bonus offering, once the discord membership is up and running.  But, not publishing my page keeps me from moving forward.  I need to refer to it, link to it, place the badge on each of my websites, on LinkedIn and figure out how to create a page on Facebook for it, once I’ve secured my privacy and passwords.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  You know what I’m going to say, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Your successes are not accidental, although a sudden win this year will feel like kismet.  You’ll do impressive things because you believe you can, or because you don’t let any thoughts get in the way of the actions you take.  You’ll learn a complex system and eventually be well paid for your knowledge.”

Wow, who wouldn’t want to claim thrills and adventure and unknown territories.  Me.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’ve encountered enough mystery in your lifetime to give you a sizable appetite for the thrill of discovery.  Today’s adventure into the unknown requires work and will satisfy you in measure.” Aries

I’m not sure what to make of your Holiday Tau Steve and Steve.  Maybe I’m not tuned into what I could be. 

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: What will be your anchor when the waves kick up?  Likely, it’s a go-to thought, a sustaining habit or a solid person.  Add to your aresenal.  You’ll feel confident you have many stabilizers at your disposal.”  Taurus

I had to chuckle twice.  Two comedians, right?  Hard things.  Yup those things and complicated, complex things are my thing.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Find a way to love the hard things.  People who do difficult things are heroes and champions.  Instead of fearing difficulty, welcome the challenge of becoming heroic.” Leo

Hmm.  Sorry Steve this isn’t my problem or my thing especially for today.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:You don’t have to struggle and stress over wanting things.  Even if you want them way too much, it’s OK.  You can embrace desire and include it as part of what you’re aware of in the situation without letting it rule.” Libra

Oh yeah?  I’m from Missouri, so show me.  Okay, technically I’m not from Missouri, but my ancestors were hanging on branches in my family tree.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:You are so used to your own gifts that you may see them as unremarkable.  Not so.  Just as you are in awe of people who have a talent that you do not posses, others are awed by you for the same reason.  Aquarius

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S1 E151 — Stepping onto the Pitch with a Lean MVP

Now I’m on Patreon  second guessing the level and pricing since Shaggy suggested I start with a lean — minimum viable product.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 151 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 11th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

Evidence  

That would mean to give up some features I’d probably need, like the integration with my websites, apps for a community, which I hope will give the capability of grouping Friends of Steves (FOSs) and Steves.  

As far as I can tell the difference in plans doesn’t cost more, it just means they take more out.

Chris Erskine’s column inspires me to use beach locations for Patreon pricing tiers.  

      • Like maybe the first half-hour of parking for $1 in the Laguna Beach public parking lot near the library a block off of Pacific Coast Highway. 
      • Or what it costs per person if you cross Newport Harbor between the island and the peninsula on the Balboa Ferry. 

Today, I jumped from 1001 to 1010 followers of “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.” Do those followers provide any promising naming clues?

How do my 36 magazines with 1012 followers rank by their followers? 

      • South Coast Region, 134; 
      • San Luis Obispo County; 128; 
      • Orange County Beach Towns, 112; 
      • North County, 110; 
      • Central Coast, 106; 
      • San Francisco Region, 102;

Haha.  After finding menus and double checking prices, will this work?

1st Tier: Balboa Ferry cost of $1, newsletter; 

2nd Tier: $3 for a chocolate shake or side of rings at the Main Street Grill in Cambria, newsletter and exclusive preview copy of the first of a 5-book series, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”; 

$5 for a cost of a Big Sur Golden ale at the Big Sur Tap House; newsletter, exclusive preview copies of 2nd in 5-book series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses: Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere” and access to my community of like-minded people willing share their stories, be interviewed for volume two book series.

Are there any answers embedded in the Tau of Steves?

No, not the legitimate one it looks like.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “There is a rather powerful intimacy in conflict.  Consider carefully how you want to involve yourself in this way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Like last time, and the time before, and before that one today is still not my birthday, if it is yours you are way more entitled to benefit from this little bit of wisdom.  Help yourself, I did.

Wow, since you put it that way I’m really looking forward to how 2020 unfolds with a great travel adventure and accomplishing the passion project that means the most to me.  Who can resist swiping this one?  I can’t.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“Never doubt your competence this year.  You’ve been in charge of taking care of yourself for several thousands of days, and you’ve done an amazing job, all things considered.  You’ll take that experience and turn it into a remarkable relationship, a travel adventure and progress with the project that means the most to you.”

By changing times, just what do you mean? Is your Holiday Tau a warning or an opportunity?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Changing times cause you to consider yourself a little more than usual and make decisions about who you want to be going forward.”   Aries

Am I too proud to ask for help?  Shaggy gave me good advice again, although in the not too recent past he alerted my tingly Spidey sense when he said I should advertise to find followers.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You need help; someone needs to give you help.  All is aligned perfectly for you to build your pitch.” Gemini

I’m pretty sure your Holiday Tau, G&G applied to me when I offered consulting and advise more than now in this incarnation of my life.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Though you know just what another person needs without hearing it verbally expressed, taking action will be delicate and tricky.” Virgo

Good to know, Steve.  I feel I’m just not there yet.  I’ll check back again in the near future.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: You could pull out all the stops and show the full force and variance of your talent.  Diplomacy is showmanship. Hold back a little something.” Sagittarius

Better to know.  But, not necessarily the TauBit of Wisdom that will help me today.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Laughter is restorative as is the idea that you’re accepted for who you are, no pretense or cover necessary.”  Aquarius

Not quite as good to know, if you get my drift.  If not see Aoki and Nash.

“2”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your joy cannot be derailed.  You don’t even bother to turn your head toward anything that might detract from your happiness.” Pisces

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S4 E5 — New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos

You have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion? And if the fragile bipartisan effort to honor NATO defense agreements by Trump supporters and Biden’s party will last much longer?

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

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Every choice has a price. It is obvious that money, time and energy will be exchanged, but that is not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.” Libra

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s 5th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 10th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E4Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?; S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

The history of this passion project begins to emerge when you dip back into each of the publications a year earlier by each season.  Reviewing the four related episodes in Season One — the Normal Year — demonstrates that I plunged right in totally unprepared for translating what it is to create a natural experiment for living like an art form.  

But, at least towards the end of Season One, I needed not only to include evidence of how each of the curated TauBits of Wisdom was relevant to my day, but I needed to consider adding the context — what was going on — which would also steer me into selecting one and not another.  It all became more real, like:

What’s going on in the real world — criticisms of the Trump Presidency, speculation about California’s Internet Privacy law, an opinion piece about how Milton Friedman’s take on capitalism doesn’t work anymore and in the “who knew category” — retiring to Vietnam.

By Season Three — the Post Pandemic Year — in the second episode an article about brain researchers found a “conscious switch” deep in the brain caught my attention. 

Together with finding out San Francisco’s City Lights and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti died at age 101,  reminded me of :

Living life as an artist, synchronicity — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — and getting a break from when you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake.

But, it was the list of unraveling events in Season Two that unnerved me and a lot of you if you can recall where you were and what you felt on February 28th, a Friday in 2020.  

Here’s how I called it just to jog your working memory.

This being a closing day for the stock market week leads to guessing over the weekend where the market will open, it’s not quite surprising that investors would be spooked.  

Which is why “What If That, Then This” logic should include second and third order implications.  

        • Like what is emerging just below the surface that might negatively impact the coronavirus virus efforts and stock market correction and recession fears. 
        • How can you account for the surprising ripple effects cascading in different directions like dominoes tipped over?

But in this season in episode one I hadn’t expected the mood shift into something else entirely.  So I started the new season with basic questions:

You have to wonder how much sanctions imposed on Putin and his kleptocracy will disrupt Russia’s barbaric invasion? And if the fragile bipartisan effort to honor NATO defense agreements by Trump supporters and Biden’s party will last much longer?

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Our ancestors had limited options for entertainment, whereas our options are endless, so each choice we make is more significant. Entertainment has become a matter of identity. How we amuse ourselves says something about who we are.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5” Steve Kerr, 54: “Every choice has a price. It is obvious that money, time and energy will be exchanged, but that is not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.” Libra

On a national scale we’re witnessing newer rippling effects beyond supply-chain congestion at ports on the coast.  Putin’s invasion like Trump’s Big Lie mirror each other  by controlling the propaganda with False Flags, misinformation, and egging on domestic extremists. Hidden costs over how long a time which feed on each other create surprises which no-one enjoys.  

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “You may worry whether your work is good enough, and you can take that as a sign that you’ll excel. Because you care, you’ll learn what matters.”  Capricorn

Yes, definitely I am insecure and timid. I’m a sucker for original research and long trial and error applications of knowledge which put me at risk for boosting sales.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45: “Searching for shortcuts is a waste of time. You’ll make the most progress by hoofing the known road, making people comfortable by doing the expected things, and keeping operations running smoothly by checking all the boxes.” Aquarius

Most of these statements apply, but not for me for today.  Shortcuts come through experience over time mainly by accident which speeds up efficiency in my operations — daily blogging, curating content, and composing manuscript chapters.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “The frivolous things, the jokes, the celebrations, the details that no one seems to care about but you… these are worthy pursuits. Silly triviality will be the key to unlock a wondrous rush.” Pisces

So does this one close the loop about how few entertainment opportunities were abundant back in the way back days and now we’re being entertained to death?  Or is fun to have fun, whether you meant to or not?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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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.   

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“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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