S1 E149 — Tales and Trails and Mind Blowing Dents

I can’t seem to get it together enough to launch Patreon. Even though we are living at the beginning of a new year with endless possibilities lying ahead, I’m just not feeling it. 

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 149 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 9th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A project frustrates.  Get away from your work for a while, and then you’ll come back with an idea.” Aries

Context

Why?

Is it time to fire up the way back machine?  Because, what I do now began long ago.

    • I wrote about the Daniel Boones and Davey Crocketts who captured my black and white television soaked mind as a kid in Dock Watch Hollow and Doepke Lane as proxies for the Howards migrating westward from the Carolinas to Tennessee and Missouri.  
    • Following trails and rivers was the only transportation available.  Pushing the frontier west from the East  into the Midwest up against the Mississippi River and out of heavily forested areas whole populations settled and farmed living the good life until the Gold Rush triggered a stampede across the plains.  
    • Using locations in the Journal of 2020 Foresight — Basecamp, The Ridge, The Outpost and Tribal Territories — I mixed and mashed too many threads into an odd fitting fabric of then and now (actually then).  
    • The eternal now lies somewhere between understanding the past and projecting into the future.  
    • Acknowledging I felt the pull of trends and accepted paradigms.  
    • Mark Twain wrote about the Sierras.  
    • Buffalo Bill Cody briefly delivered the mail on horseback between Independence, Missouri and California. 
    • I made that trip, following portions of Route 66 through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.  Two or three times hauling furniture and dreams. 
    • It ended at the Pacific shoreline.  
    • After a brief period in Pico Rivera, and a 100-resume broadcast to every type of psychology-related employer I could locate in Southern California from Huntington Beach to Coronado, we found Corona del Mar for my commute to Fairview State Hospital and the Behavior Modification Institute across Pacific Coast Highway. 

Two take aways.  

Harry Dent blew my mind in two ways.  

    • Demographic trends (economic impact of generations hitting their mid-40s peak spending) and
    • The migration of boomers to the boonies because the internet sets them free to do so. 

Evidence 

And, now we are here.  Did it really help with my slip sliding away?  Not really.  Is there anything in today’s Holiday Tau that can?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Like last time, 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.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:

You’re so adept at making your own luck that it will probably catch you off guard when you don’t have to.  Fortunate surprises will happen while you’re relaxing.

Wow, Steve.  Thank you for your bluntness.  I’m going to take you up on today’s advice

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A project frustrates.  Get away from your work for a while, and then you’ll come back with an idea.” Aries

Okay Howey, what do you have for me?  I look forward to monitoring the performance of my Patreon offerings — once it goes live.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll objectively figure out why what you’re doing is right for certain people and not others so you can broaden or narrow  your appeal according to your goals.  Cancer

Hmm.  Your Holiday Tau, while not what I expected for today and not even on my mind, is so profound I’m going to give it a “5” because it is so important.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: One way to tell love from its imposters is that love is happening in the present.” Leo

Intuition, you say?  Since nothing else seems to be working, maybe I’ll combine your Holiday Tau with McQueen’s and fast forward to the end point.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:Decisions don’t have to make sense to be good.  Have the guts to follow through on your intuition, and you’ll look back with a grateful heart.” Capricorn

Is it because I high “5-ed” your buddy Wozniak’s Holiday Tau that you think I’ll do the same with yours?  Guess again, Steve.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You are trading dysfunctional patterns for routines and habits that better support your well-being.” Pisces

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S2 E19 — What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Are we a dying breed? On the endangered list? We long-form columnists, essayists, authors, freelancers, reporters, journalists, bloggers and self-publishers? Sustaining a lifestyle business takes time and persistence.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 19 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 28th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo? 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

Evidence

What would Leo da V do? Today he’s got me musing about endangered long-form writers ….

    • And, about the plight of bookstores and book publishing and why I’m learning as I go iterating with all the moveable parts building a knowledge bank  — taking concepts, putting them into practice and becoming more efficient at producing better practices towards self-publishing
    • A phrase from my way back and connected to Xerox PARC surfaces.  It’s what inspired me to create and share new knowledge. 
    • It’s how they described their research and development process — we experiment with each new tool (new prototype in the lab) to see what it makes us become, and then we innovate again and repeat the process.

And, of course Leo da V’s got me off wondering if it’s true that innovation like rust never sleeps?  

    • What lies in our imagination now?  
    • What’s percolating in our collective unconscious as we stretch and use limited resources in new and different and resourceful ways? 
    • As we improvise? 
    • As feelers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their hearts and souls in altruistic, unselfish ways.  
    • And thinkers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their minds and viewpoints to see new knowledge created and patterns that signal solutions never tried before to address complex challenges from a different angle. 
    • Take the why of curiosity to the what if of experimentation.

Turning to today’s Holiday Tau how strong is it, our legitimate one, for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Not much, I’m afraid.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51:“You don’t feel comfortable in every environment but you’re willing to try until you feel the level of comfort that helps you navigate it.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, this couldn’t be better if it really was my birthday, but it isn’t  If it’s yours I see good things coming your way, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You’ll meet the person who can help you launch your life in the direction of your dreams.  You’ll connect in different social circles in the next 10 weeks.  Next month places you in opportunity’s path, and you’ll turn an ordinary situation into an extraordinary moneymaker.  Friends and family will celebrate you.

Wow, Steve I now know why we appointed your our Patron Saint.  You couldn’t more on target for today.  And you’ve got me recalling my conversation with Brook when we wondered out loud if there was a half life of wisdom, like there is for engineers?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The world is changing fast.  What worked for you parents won’t work for you.  Past generations have much to offer you, and vice versa.” Aries

Hey G&G, while you might not be our Patron Saints, your TauBit of Wisdom fits for an innie Like me!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

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 1452 to 1461.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S2 E17 — Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

It feels like a day is a week. And a week is a month and a month is a year.  If this lasts a year will it feel like what, a decade?  

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 17 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 26th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment;

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates, first from Colorado, and then a roundup from Southern California. 

From their mountain home in Dillon, Colorado — the Boomer couple report that the Summit County Mountain resorts are shut, tourists were sent home, boutique stores closed and it recently snowed — yay for them.

From a studio apartment off of 2nd street in Belmont Shores (Long Beach, California)  — social marketing manager and flight attendant report he’s working remotely from home, she’s on unpaid furlough with options to return, but had been harboring mixed emotions considering that passengers wore masks and the attendants weren’t allowed to, yay for him hopefully the airlines will change their policy.

Moving south, as if you could.

From their Huntington Beach home in Orange County — stay-at-home mom and firefighter raising year old boy, he’s concerned about being second responder and maybe being a virus carrier without knowing it and bringing it home, one or two cases have popped up in the Los Angeles district at large.  The district set up trailers for potential quarantined facilities away from the stations and from families

This from widowed OK Boomer  in Irvine, California — his fiancé, like Dillon sister-in-law suffered from migraines for the last two or three days so he’s been holed up, except for a trip to his local Costco to fill up his gas tank.  He reports something out of the ordinary when he noticed the tight bundle of vehicles parked right in front of the big box store unusual for the time of day before opening. 

Reporting from their South Orange County two bedroom apartment in San Juan Capistrano — couple newly moved in together with Moe, her dog. He’s been working remotely for a couple of years now as senior product manager for online advertising firm who like his Belmont Shores brother has seen their online consumer business pick up while other walk-in businesses have dropped. She’s been laid off at the non-profit Harbor museum  as staff was cut back to only those who care and feed the sea creatures in the aquarium,  while her school class visitor training suffered from the school closing ripple-effect. She’s waiting to hear if she’s been accepted from UCI for to earn her teaching credential.

And, not quite in San Diego proper, but North County, San Diego — suburban family with second child due in two weeks, husband home earlier than expected because of a Coronavirus-19 case reported in his office building, looking forward to the help from OK Boomer driving the hour (no freeway traffic) trip to baby-sit number one grandchild while mom and dad (if allowed) are at the hospital. Dad’s commercial real estate hotels and office building owners are freaked out about their business and meeting Dad’s loan payments.  

Wow, is our Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me more about the absence of physical connections?  Sign of the times?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You hear the song and then miss someone who doesn’t even exist.  That’s the power of art, of music and of your own capacity to connect.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hold on there, mister Patron Saint.  What if up until this time they couldn’t do what the wanted to do, but now can?  And if what the want to do is share interesting and challenging experiences?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Those who only do what they want to do are limited indeed.  Most of the good stuff comes from doing what’s right, helpful, challenging, interesting, gutsy.”  Aries

Like what we’re wanting — physical, touching — those kinds of relationships? Do Zoom meeting count for gathering intelligence?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Knowing what someone values is like having the keys to their kingdom.  Good relationships involve good intel.”  Taurus

So far I have to say your Holiday Tau carries the most wisdom so far.  Fake news, fake certainty, fake everything is not fake scary.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Humans crave certainty.  Where none is available, fake certainty will do.” Gemini

Guys, your Holiday Tau feels like the antidote fo Smiths scary uncertainty.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll be watching out for yourself, loved ones, colleagues and everyone around you, even total strangers.” Leo

Hmm.  Hi Coach Kerr.  I want to agree, but right now I’m not sure if I regret doing something today.  This does seem like stellar Tau.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll see moments, wonder about how things might have worked if you’d have done it differently, and get golden insight and ideas for going forward.” Libra

Okay, look this is a TauBit of Wisdom I’d expect from Mr. Jobs, right?  If you don’t reverse engineer your success you won’t institutionalize the reinvention process as a core success process — an insight I’m working on for “Volume Two — Work” manuscript.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Sometimes you can reverse-engineer a thing that’s working well to duplicate the success.  Sometimes you can’t.  Try anyway because the alternative is to start from ground zero.” 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 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S1 E137 — Shouldn’t I Bet It All on the Four 5s I’ve Been Dealt?

Why am I researching first electric vehicles and now hybrid SUVs?  The writing may be on the wall.  I’ve driven my silver green 2000 Toyota 4-Runner for almost 200,000 miles.  I noticed a puff of smoke leaking out to the grill the last time I returned from Home Depot.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 137 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 19th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Change can be hard.  So when you go through the trouble, you want the changes to be for the better, and not just for the different.”  Aries

Evidence  

No payments, right?  But, after a while you have to recognize how much you’ve been spending on repairs — a water pump here, a rebuilt transmission there?

    • Other stuff commanding my attention like a dog when he smells a squirrel — Trump’s Impeachment inquiry and a podcast Sam Harris conducted with a guy who is revisiting the potentially constructive use of LSD to treat addiction.  
    • What a listening surprise for me on my way to Home Depot to buy “rabbit-be-gone” stuff.  
    • During my first career in psychology, Timothy Leary peddled the recreational use of it when he lived in Laguna Beach just before the time I moved to Corona del Mar, but used the Laguna Beach post office for my business mail.
    • And Marc Maron interviewed a photographer who self-published a book about the ‘60s.

But, here’s what I worked on for today’s Patreon passion project:

How your contributions make a difference. It takes six and a half days a week to produce these labors of love, beginning each day at 5:30 am. We need to cover our travel budgets for Western Skies and Island Currents giving you the inside story of what it’s really like to live like the locals. 

We subscribe to media so you don’t have to, to curate quirky headlines and highlights: From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between. We deposit those stories and related research into our knowledge bank as background context for our blogs published across our six websites. 

Each website incurs registration and hosting fees.  And, as we self-publish we’ll pay for ISBN registrations and promotional marketing expenses for the first five books in Volume One, The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy. 

With your kind and generous support we will be able to expand and concentrate on producing future book series in Volumes Two and Three and itineraries, travel guides and bonus reports. 

And maybe, just maybe we’ll be able fund a life-long dream, The Center for Knowledge Creation and Innovation.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Getting to the effortless flow like water trickling in a brook makes all the difference in the world when it comes to transformational change.  But, it ain’t easy even if it’s blowin’ in the wind.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Change can be hard.  So when you go through the trouble, you want the changes to be for the better, and not just for the different.”  Aries

Wow, thanks W&W.  You’re talking about that professional state some people describe when you are in the flow, more like jammin’ and playing jazz.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: To form a new habit, you must put your mind to it, then get your mind out of it.  Don’t overthink it.” Taurus

Okay, Smith your Holliday Tau describe my whole adult life — working on a body of work or knowledge, but having to more practical things like switch jobs or market and promote to clients who have challenges I can help them through while I work on the real essence of what I’m about.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: The highway to success has many exits.  Detours happen.  Do what you have to do, then merge right back on.” Gemini

Is it that obvious, Steve?  I going with the flow here hoping to hit my stride and then I’ll return for some serious editing.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The early stages of an endeavor tend to be rough.  It’s prudent to keep going and, when you’ve hit your stride, return to the earlier work to update and improve it.”  Capricorn

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S1 E136 — Just How Do Zip Codes Prevent Homebuyer Remorse?

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 136 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 15th day of December in winter of 2019.

Only ten days remain to complete your Christmas shopping, guys.  Fewer, if like our family you celebrate Christmas Eve as the occasion to pass out gifts and the day as designated for White Elephant gifts.  

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You know that you don’t yet understand a thing enough to form an opinion, let alone act on the matter.  This knowledge is, in and of itself, virtuous.  A lesser person wouldn’t even realize the gap.” Pisces

Evidence

I’ve struggled with my opening long-form essay for Patreon.  One that synthesizes all my separate passion projects.

What I care about like ocean pollution and coastal water — started me profiling the impact on towns in “California Coast Tip to Tip” and “Western Skies and Island Currents.” It was a natural.  I traced the “Mother Road” from the Midwest to the West coast already in “Best West Road Trips — Route 66.” Spoiler alert; it ends at the Santa Monica Pier. 

Pacific Coast Highway as an itinerary felt like the natural next project.

And water in rivers and lakes like just after a visit to friends living in Durango, Colorado in my fourth of five books to be published in the Knowledge Path Series.  

The whole Animas River turned a deep muddy yellow from an upstream blow out of a closed mine in neighboring Silverton.  Interestingly, years later our friends moved back.  

Their story mirrored the arc of three residents victim of gentrification forces in Whitehead, Montana … to illustrate how zip codes matter and can prevent buyers remorse simply by knowing your lifestyle and previewing new towns as potential quality-of-life communities in a region. 

How does being an introvert … We come in 6 temperament flavors.  We’re easy with solitude.  In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins if given the choice, and inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities.

I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager.  What does an Idea Packager do?  That’s what I’m answering in Volume Two of the Knowledge Path Series.  The first volume answers the question, if I can live and work anywhere then which community should I choose as my best fit for inspiration, satisfaction and happiness? 

The second answers the question, if I could work for any company or type of organization as an employee or consultant, which type brings out the best and worst in me?  

OK.  What’s the answer for you?  Which is the best or worst organization for an Idea Packager to draw a paycheck?  

Here’s the story I tell when someone asks me about it. We hadn’t seen my wife’s cousin for years.  She threw a wonderful welcome to Norway family reunion for us as experienced through severe jet lagged senses.  On her grand piano in her study sat a book, “Homo Deus.” When I asked her what she liked about it, since it was one of my favorites, she told me she refers to it with clients.  When I told her about in Volume Two we began one of those long conversations between friends who hadn’t seen each other, like forever, but reconnected as if time hadn’t passed between us. 

As advisors and consultants we had so much in common, especially when I told her organizations in decline suited me best.  She laughed, saying they’re motivated to change, which is huge because that isn’t always the case.  Send me a copy, I’d love to read it she said as she rose from the long dining room table to attend to one of the children. 

OK, two down, what about the Volume Three series? This series in a sense asks the question has wisdom reversed?  In slower-paced less technology-driven times the elder generation passed down critical lessons to younger generations.  Like the clothes I passed down to my kids growing up — my old army fatigues and field jacket — as popular as vinyl records. Now, I find myself wearing hand-me-ups from them.  This one is less fleshed out than the first two volumes and requires most of my time to figure out.  I’m just asking myself, “What would Leo da V do?”  Like Leonardo I’m easily distracted from what I should be doing to earn a living and a sucker for following my curiosity. 

Little snippets come to me when he lets my unconsciousness bubble to the surface.  What started as a dream of being interviewed for the WTF podcast by Marc Maron seems promising as a working title, “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book.” This one is a little dangerous for me.  Why? I intend to self-publish what I envision to be self-written. Maybe better put by a community.  

In what sense?  That’s a great question.  The subject matter focuses on legacy and wisdom. But through what it’s like to be given a name by your mother who brought you into the world with loving expectations.  You begin with a sound — your name. And you grow and evolve in your own life, so I’m wondering to what extent that name imprinted into you influences your life. This is probably the only time in history that we have the technology to solicit input from Friends-of-Steves — their parents, sisters and brothers, lovers and partners, and friends and associates — to give their view “from the outside”, as well as, from Steves themselves for their view “from the inside.”

So then the three volumes of The Knowledge Path: Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest and Leave a Legacy” would be complete? Yes, but I can’t do it alone.  Which is why I’m here on Patreon and need your help.

Pretty sure I can say your Holiday Tau gets to the essence of my long essay.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It is rare to be in a situation where a mentor knows exactly what to do with your talent.  You’ll have to figure out quite a lot about yourself on your own.  As long as you expect and embrace this, the process will be fun.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researchers Note:  No this isn’t my birthday.  But, I like it enough to include it.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Travel will be your soul’s thriving influence, as will connecting with new people. You’re gifted in the art of reading and relating to people, yet you’ll seek to further build your emotional intelligence, thus ratcheting up the excitement in your personal life.  Novel self-ware will bring instantaneous and long-range benefit.

Isn’t this TauBit about my speech would have been shorter if I had more time?  A little editing goes a long way, eh?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A conversation doesn’t have to be long to be effective.  In fact, the longer it is, the less effective it will be.  Think and write about what you are feeling.  What is worth expressing here?  Choose carefully.” Aries

Haha.  And if over the course of a 1-year experiment my talent will be totally unrecognizable in a good way …

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Small daily improvements lead to sizable monthly improvements.  If you only do 1% better each day on something that matters to you, in 100 days you’ll have completely transformed your skill level.” Cancer

Like I always say, Steve your Holiday TauBits of Wisdom cover more than just today’s life.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The value you give today’s pursuits can be summed up by these words of explorer Dame Freya Stark: ‘Love of learning is a pleasant and universal bond, since it deals with what one is and not what one has.’” Sagittarius

Given the political nature of events unfolding in our country, the order has been reversed.  Form an opinion and spin the facts.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You know that you don’t yet understand a thing enough to form an opinion, let alone act on the matter.  This knowledge is, in and of itself, virtuous.  A lesser person wouldn’t even realize the gap.” Pisces

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S3 E6 — What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Isn’t incredible that so many  people do not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and my first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 6 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 6th 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 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; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

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; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

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; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Evidence

I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today:

      1. History is an art, not a science.
      2. History is typically told by the war-winners, the power-players, the dominant forces on the scene. Therefore, history is never the truth; it’s only a truth.
      3. History changes and evolves with humanity.
      4. If you don’t take charge of your own history, someone else will. If you care about your story enough to shape it and tell it your way, then it will have a chance of living on in that manner. If not, your story is vulnerable to the whims of whoever tells it.
      5. History must be told again and again. No one remembers a story told to them once. Enduring history is told until it forms grooves in our individual and collective consciousness.
      6. Some believe that a person dies twice: once when they stop being alive and then again when they stop being remembered.
      7. To take up the cause of telling the story of the conquered, overlooked, oppressed and little-known is a noble cause.
      8. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana, philosopher.

Sobering, eh?  I’ve been having conversations kinda like those with my friend, Brook and with my self in an internal dialogue.  

But, today Emma the Baroness arranged for a pontoon boat excursion around our lake with SLO Girl and Shaggy to celebrate Delta Girl and Jazzy’s engagement — but the threat of Shaggy’s and Jazzy’s recent snowboarding expedition to Big Sky near White Fish Lake, Montana canceled it.  

With potential COVID contagion on airlines, in airports and ski lodges postponed the romantic event Jazzy and Shaggy advised against the risk.  

Although Emma the Baroness’ love story literally jolted us with our electric shoulder bumps and has grown in different ways over the years, we definitely could have passed on Zahn’s Holiday Tau — it’s not all roses given and received, don’t you know.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Don’t let the mythologies around love color your own ideas too literally. For example, ‘love at first sight’ is only one version. It is every bit as exciting to build a friendship into something more electrifying.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

As internal consultants pushing a boulder uphill during an organizational transformation  used to say, “Suspend your critical thinking” as a way to get past the it-will-never-work-because-we-already-tried-it status quo dismissals of new ideas.  Now, should we be saying, “Suspend your belief about …” 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You cannot make a point with someone who won’t, can’t or just isn’t listening. The growth of your influence depends on picking the right audience, something you have a talent for now.” Aries

Isn’t unbelievable that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m returning full cycle to my graduate school days in psychology and first career to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “They want you to believe, but why? Who benefits from your adherence to the belief system? And if all were to comply, would the outcome be something you could get behind?  Taurus

Insights.  That’s what I’m all about. What is the half life of wisdom? For engineers the half life of their knowledge, I believe,  is five years — that’s the measure of how far they have fallen behind in their profession if they haven’t taken classes, engaged in self-study or dedicated time each day, week and month to invest in themselves.  Otherwise they loose their value in the employment marketplace.  Given the pace of life how long is it until half of what passes for wisdom no longer works?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Insight into who you are and why you make certain choices is no small gain. It’s knowledge not usually acquired in school or imparted by experts. Insights into self are the gold of true seekers. You’re to be commended.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 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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S1 E127 — Why Does My Horoscope Suck Compared to Yours?

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

As fall comes to a close and winter is upon us I’m feeling a touch of hibernation pulling me to more comfort food and couching it with blankets and still more football.  

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Your voracious curiosity must be satisfied.  You’ll live by information.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 127 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 30th day of November in the fall of 2019.

Evidence

Not entirely sure how to take advantage of Patreon’s platform for endangered writers like me, but I sketched out an introduction draft requiring more work

It goes something like this:

I guess it’s my turn for introductions. Hello everyone.  Just like you, I’m a recovering Steve.  I’m an introverted procrastinator who collects nouns, zip codes and steals horoscopes. For many years — for far too long — I tried to deny it.  

But with your help and support I’m coming to embrace it.  This passion project was going to become my memoir.  

I’d been wrestling with just what my legacy would be.  

However, I realized it could be so much more.  I began wondering what had influenced me the most, my Myers Briggs temperament — INTP, my obsession with tying people, places, things, ideas and trends together in new and original ways? 

Or was it my quest to build bucket lists of the highest quality-of-life towns throughout the western portion of America? 

Or simply surrendering to the wisdom of my horoscope?  Which I soon discovered sucked compared to yours over this past year.

So, what about today? How sucky is my Holiday Tau? Yes. I get the premise, but I’m waiting on the speed.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You already know that you get more out of what you concentrate on.  What’s remarkable about today is the speed with which it happens.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So turning to the less sucky Holiday Tau, let’s see what can be discovered. I’ve got the passion, but I’m not sure I can authentically claim a certain attitude.  Yet.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The execution of your plan depends on an attitude of certainty.  Double down on the route you’re taking.”   Aries

Okay, this feels more like me so, Steve, I’m rating your TauBit highly relevant to me and my passion project today.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Your voracious curiosity must be satisfied.  You’ll live by information.” Gemini

Don’t I know it! Add in my obsession to overcomplicate stuff and I end up with fits and starts and documents all over my desktop and in the cloud resisting any attempt to reassemble them into a coherent package I can communicate.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:The truth seldom comes in a complete package.  It comes in pieces, mixed into the moods and opinions of those who deliver it, and it requires a good amount of assembly.”  Cancer

Are you sure?  Why can’t I have the magic spinning wheel?

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You don’t have to have a magic spinning wheel to turn straw into gold.  You’ll weave the spell with your words instead.” Leo

So this is about tension and anxiety and what doesn’t kill you makes your stronger, eh? Maybe.  Or, maybe what doesn’t kill you makes you weak and weaker until you give up.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: A deadline causes stress, a purpose causes motivation.  Ideally you’ll have both.  Without the deadline, things drag.  Without the purpose, the drag is painful.” Sagittarius

Okay, sorry Steve, I don’t ever remember an episode when I wondered bigly or small stuff about my life.

“2”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You wonder sometimes whether you are living a big life or a small life.  But in an infinite universe, scale is somewhat irrelevant.  If it matters to you, it matters.” Pisces

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S3 E5 — Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!

Wait, what?  Our extended family actually grew with a new baby this past week.  Does that count? She’s healthy as is her mom, but to my disappointment another child is brought into the world and not named Steve.

Today’s Holiday Birthday (actually 9 months ago on 6/7/20) … Results beyond your expectations will come at the start of the new year. Your family grows in March 2021.

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 5 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 5th 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 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

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; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

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 ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You have more stories than you think. The things you’ve done are so familiar to you that you cannot imagine how impressive they would be to another person, but if you share, you’ll find out.” Gemini

Evidence

Wait, what?  Our extended family actually grew with a new baby this past week.  Does that count? She’s healthy as is her mom, but to my disappointment another child is brought into the world and not named Steve. 

She could have been named Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but noooooo!

Today’s Holiday Birthday (actually 9 months ago on 6/7/20): 

“You’ll be called on to do something you haven’t done before. You’ll be both inspired and inspirational. A group will form around your leadership as you apply past experience to figure things out. Results beyond your expectations will come at the start of the new year. Your family grows in March 2021.”

Weirdly, as I scrolled through all the 109 news sources I track each day to fill 36 digital magazines I curate, the executive summary (which Brook asked for yesterday) popped into my mind. 

It feels like it is all about me — which is one of the experiment’s goals to answer the question: 

        • Does my horoscopes apply to me each day? My null hypothesis follows as something like horoscopes don’t apply to my experiences throughout the day. 
        • In the beginning I felt they might serve as fodder for fractured fairy tales or how greeting cards trigger my witty twists and the kind of humor I sprinkle into conversations. (Maybe the easiest TauBits to Twist are the ones I rated a “2” at the other end of the scale.)
        • And, for quite awhile I bracketed my Blog-to-LinkedIn posts with current and year old TauBits to make it easier for me to craft a headline.

Then, there’s the overarching goal from a life-story writer and an idea packager (me) about which “5” rated TauBits of Wisdom extend their wisdom beyond any specific Steves daily horoscope — wisdom-worthy for handing down as part of a legacy memoir no matter who or when I recorded them.

        • And, then there’s-by-the-numbers — the comparison of horoscope categories that I felt fit me on any given day, but showed up for Steve Zahn and Steve McQueen and Steve Carell, Steve Martin, Steve Wozniak, and Steve Jobs.
        • Why I decided to do it for the sake of the 4 day sampling each week and they represented a sample of the rest of the 12.

I began color coding the Big 4 to make it easier for me to tally by category of TauBits after the 1-year experiment terminated officially.

        • Those four categories morphed over time from what I loosely expected to find to what emerged as “Practical Project”, “Work and Career”, “Legacy Memoir” and “Love and Relationships”. 
        • How many could be characterized broadly and by which sub-topic.

Enough about this passion project.  

What about the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  

One of us likes to form opinions by tuning into news shows, and talk shows.  The other of us tries to filter out the noise and critically think about what is happening.  Does that count?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you ask the others, they’ll tell you what they see and you won’t be able to help being influenced. To find that truly original take on the situation, wait before you ask. Look at it a long time by yourself first.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

An inspiring relationship plays into the changes you make this year. That long list of things you didn’t have time for before gets a lot shorter as you check off many adventures. You’re not setting out to develop yourself; it just happens. Plans shift and expand. There are more people to care for and also put to work.

So, thank you Stevie and Steve.  Yes, please I’ll swipe this one since Brook’s offer yesterday during our somewhat meandering conversation helped me realize you two are on to something today.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “You have more stories than you think. The things you’ve done are so familiar to you that you cannot imagine how impressive they would be to another person, but if you share, you’ll find out.” Gemini

Right, Howey’s Holiday Tau, while brilliant and told from the opposite view where you look back to your younger self and give advice that would have made a difference is not quite right for me today.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:The best and brightest version of future-you hinges on the ability of today-you to pay close attention. To stay engaged, figure out what’s in it for you, even when the scene seems to revolve completely around the other person.” Cancer

This seems like it would should come from Nash or Kerr instead of from two comedians and a founder.  It definitely would have encapsulated Kobe Bryant’s approach to scoring. 

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Sometimes, you have faith and you act on it. Today, your faith isn’t as strong, but you still benefit from action. Keep shooting for the goal regardless of whether you think you can make it.” Leo

Not quite a 5, guys, but I will say this — too many people over run pristine locations and don’t think twice about leaving their trash behind on the trails and beaches as if it were somebody else’s job to clean up after.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Messes occur. It’s not your job to clean them up, though you’ll probably do it anyway, or at least be involved, because leaving things better than you found them is in your creed.” Virgo

Wise, brilliant advice I’ll swipe from you Steve.  

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Trying to accomplish everything on the list will be too stressful and counterproductive. Decide on what you’re not going to do today and, suddenly, everything lightens up. Plus, you move quicker.” Sagittarius

As if!  I can’t claim it, but I’m working towards deploying my imagination for knocking out walls — kinda like a “Love It or List It” story telling project.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “No one knows how you do it, but somehow you’re able to draw vitality from lackluster scenes, badly illuminated in fluorescent light. Your imagination knocks out walls to install its own sun-streamed windows.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 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 E2 — New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

You’re supposed to buy on the story — how promising a stock looks into the future at today’s price.  And, sell on the news — the best may be over for the next quarter so you take money off the table and squirrel away your profits

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 2 in Season 2 of the Pandemic extension of my Natural Experiment on February 28th in the last day of winter of 2020.

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?

How seriously should we take falling dominoes?

Turning to our Holiday Tau — for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me — what’s the meaning of these ripple effects? 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Your pie wins the contest, and your special sauce garners worldwide intrigue. This is the stuff of fantasies and diary entries, so be sure to put the day’s events and potential events into both.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is there a sense of panic I can buy into?  Haha, just kidding.  I’ve learned my lesson as a rookie 401K and IRA investor.  I never experienced a time when I lost so much money — well actually the value of shares in a mutual fund not the actual money unless you sell the shares — for such a long time in the last Great Recession.  This time around we learned our lesson, Emma the Baroness and me.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

So, coach Kerr again you’ve laid my soul open.  An SPIP, like me feels too constrained operating in a talent culture that won’t encourage independent idea packaging even if the organization is packed with systematic professionals.  It’s why I build the whole Executive MBA Career Curriculum from scratch and chafed at the pressure to conform over the last two years. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’re an original.  Saying the lines others have said gets old fast.  It’s invigorating to express your uniqueness.” Libra

I have Emma the Baroness, the love of my life, to remind me of this when I get too busy with my manuscripts and Patreon platform machinations, oh and your Holiday Tau, Steve.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The sparkling parts of life are the in-between moments when you have nothing to gain or lose.  What’s valuable is unquantifiable.” Sagittarius

As I type this I’ve wrapped my left knee in an ice pack having returned from walking three miles around our lake.  This TauBit you’re sharing, Steve, feels painful and counter intuitive physically. 

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Though it sounds counterintuitive, moving the parts that don’t want to move will keep you pain-free.  Use this as a metaphor for another part of your life.” Pisces

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • 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. The report includes 
    • Began reading and taking notes on “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney — All human beings have 99.9 percent of  the same genetic prescription. Our individual differences come from the 0.1 percent of our genetic material that is just us — derived primarily from our neurochemistry,  a private reserve of about 150 different brain chemicals and recipes to formulate our neurotransmitters — guide messages from cell to cell, directing all brain functions.
    • A SURVEY OF 222 LEADING SCIENTISTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises and water crises

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V 
    • Progress —Early feedback from Finnmark:  Interesting concept. I think your opening salvos should be free so people can get a sense of what their Patreon membership will provide. Also, blogs are not going to reach a young audience if that’s what you want. Youtube is far more effective for that age group. 
    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

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S1 E93 — Why is it easier to Hate than to Love the other Half?

Here’s the problem.  Sleep disturbance. Between digging into our 500-year history detailed in “Fantasyland” in which Kurt Andersen explains why 50% of us hate the other 50%, and then binging on the whistleblowing impeachment inquiry where it all unfolds, I’m dead tired at 4:30 am.

Evidence 

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

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

Yay! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 93 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

And, of course, returning from a three-week vacation forces time zone reckoning that lingers and lingers.

In the days following  vacation, reestablishing a schedule is always a challenge when you’re exhausted.

So I ignored the challenge and followed my intuition instead.

I surfaced a thread I want to pull on in Kurt Andersen’s work — heroes like Daniel Boone who left Tennessee for Missouri just like my great, great, great grandfather did — and Buffalo Bill Cody who turned a short stint in the Pony Express delivering mail from Independence, Missouri to stops on the way intended for California residents.  

Cody figured out how to mix real — Sitting Bull, with fantasy shows to bridge the coming industrial age. And a little later on that string if you pull hard enough you surface PT Barnum, the Donald Trump of his time.

And, then there’s another thread connecting the KKK, beyond the Confederacy to include Baptists, and so much more.

I feel I’m about ready to circle back and close loose ends across many of my open passion projects.

But, instead I asked myself, “What would Leo da V do?” There’s just no accounting what he’ll whisper at 4:30 am when I could sleep no longer. 

    • Flashes about launching a Patreon campaign with a dream-like Marc Marin-style interview of me as a typical Steve. 
    • The LA Times interviewed Zack Galiflianakis in kinda that way.  I guess I’m after the kinds of humorous questions to ask which would draw in supporters of the whimsy project and prompt them to recommend Steves to be considered for email interviews. 
    • Maybe answering just one question at a time is more inviting than filling out a survey of questions. 
    • Kinda like the when the Writers Cooperative announces a monthly topic for all writers to address. Should that be a MailChimp campaign-like thing?  
    • A new Steve signs in and gets question one to respond too, while others who have been around get their 10th or 11th, depending upon where they are in the time sequence of signing in.  
    • Each week, then they’d get a new question to answer and hopefully look forward to, and want to share, and see in Patreon — behind the wall, of course, unless they’re already a member.

I couldn’t let Leo da V off the hook, or maybe it was the other way round.  In an “If that, then this …” spirit I continued:

    • So I need to write a Maron dream and answer my first of 10 weekly questions as a Steve would. 
    • I have to set up MailChimp or a campaign like that to send out the questions with a deadline (?) for a response, before they can receive their next question.  
    • Maybe, write invitations to women who have Steves in their lives to recommend them as new members.  
    • Play off of what’s in a name? Again, the first-time parents considering names and what they mean.  What they represent, right?  
    • Maybe directed to mothers of Steves soliciting why they named their sons Steve. 

Shh, Emma the Baroness is still sleeping.  So, no need to wake her about our lack of Holiday Tau — again.  How many day in a row has it been? Never mind. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes, turning to Leo da V helps me avoid what needs to be done. Other times it’s my super power. But this Holiday Tau for CC&W reminds me of a workable approach to most things in life, especially when it comes to launching a new venture.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

Yeah, I guess so, especially for us introverts in an extrovert world.  But I’m not feeling your Holiday Tau today, specifically after beating the sun up at 4:30 am.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “If you find that you’re not the master of the way you think, feel and behave, it means you’ve given your power away and need to get it back.” Cancer

Well, I’ve filled my days with stuff I love to do, but at what cost?  I’ve got other passion projects at various stages of completion and they aren’t on my list of things to accomplish yet,

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You manage your emotions well now, partly because you’ve made it a priority to fill your days with the things that make you feel good.” Virgo

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