S2 E23 — Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal

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

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

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

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

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

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

But, then …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerk.

But, then …

Evidence

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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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 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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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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S1 E145 — Three Miles of Coincidental Dancing

Experienced an unexpected coincidence (aren’t they all)  while walking three miles around the lake, lost in my playlist and not really paying attention on New Year’s Day 

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 145 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 2nd day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life plays its own music.  You have little control over which song comes next and a lot of control over how you dance.  Cancer

Evidence  

I bumped into Tammy, a two-time co-worker and consultant with her daughter on the backside almost directly across from Bagel and Brew.  I’d helped her through her earlier thinking about a consulting website — “I want it to be more than brochureware.”  

She asked me what I’d been up to. I paraphrased my Patreon tag line to try it out — creating digital magazines, blogs and self-publishing a five-book series — and she wanted to see my blog and website.  “You’re on LinkedIn, right?” she asked as we continued on our way.

Today, after three days of updating email addresses and sending my holiday greeting in batches of 40 or 50 at a time, I tried to find Tammy’s email address, but couldn’t. Huh, that’s weird. 

Oh, well I’ll just let her initiate the contact I figured as an awareness and interest scheme. 

Was this coincidence attributable to our Holiday Tau? 

Probably not, but we’ll see where involving Tammy might go. So, I need to make it easy for everyone, even those outside of my 1849 1st degree network-audience to click only on one link which takes them to my Patreon page.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Dreams can be your wings, but only if you involve other people.  Otherwise, they’re like a virtual reality headset that keeps you isolated.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  I walked in a zone with its very intentional sound track.  Looking ahead I wanted to find not only TauBits of Wisdom, but love songs as I played one after another in alphabetical order.  If it moved me, I punched the title into my iPhone notes.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life plays its own music.  You have little control over which song comes next and a lot of control over how you dance.  Cancer

Sure, you could say I’m happy about a lot more time I now have which can be devoted to my passion projects like this one. Reconnecting by email with former clients, proteges, mentors and other advisors and consultants feels energizing  — if I can efficiently mount my email campaign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re happy about being able to do things you once couldn’t, both new items and ones that go way back.  Aries

Haha.  Tell me about it.  Like WTF.  Why doesn’t this work?  What do I now? But, seriously is there any hope?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Questions are like keys to you today and will require a similar finesse, so don’t be afraid to give them a giggle and a twist.” Leo

You guys been listening in, or something?  Your Holiday Tau may be just what I need today!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Sometimes the way to win is to play harder and smarter; sometimes the way to win is not to play at all.  Take a step back for the big strategy.” Virgo

Haha.  Does this count? I’m so close to getting Patreon initially functional and off the ground and have a strategy of sorts to engage 1800+ in my network so let the games begin.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: There’s something good in every day, but more things good about today.  You’ll want to keep track of this; take some time to write about it or snap a pic.” Sagittarius

I hear you Harvey.  In fact, right after this I ask, “What would Leo da V do?” a little more often.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Your heart is calm and you creativity is lit.  Being creative is essential to your well-being; you should visit as often as possible.  Capricorn

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S1 E143 — The Grand Prize Winner

Up against a deadline.  I hunkered down for eight and a half hours, first figuring out how to, and then merging lists of LinkedIn 1st degree people with a list of past clients and co-workers and acquaintances and finally lists of Executive MBA students I advised over the last decade and the list of Executive Mentors I recruited into the program.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 143 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Write about your daily life, including the small details.  You’ll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extend inward and outward.” Scorpio

Evidence

Here’s what I discovered:

Most of my LinkedIn network didn’t include emails, though I should have had access to them.  I’ll have to deal with that later in the next week or so.  I’ve got duplicates and old and new info on them.  I need to create groups.  I guess the name of the game is to get them to self-subscribe to MailChimp or Patreon-based updates.

OMG.  This Holiday Tau might be the grand prize winner.  I really can’t speak for Zahn, Winkler or Emma the Baroness, but I can speak for me. I’ve been journaling for decades as I mentioned earlier in the experiment.  It helped me transition from one career to the next.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Write about your daily life, including the small details.  You’ll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extend inward and outward.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sure, Steve on some level I probable think this, but I can’t say it’s the overt game I play.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can think of a challenge as an obstacle in your path or as a test to reveal how far you’ve come, how capable you are and where to focus your efforts toward mastery.  Aries

Now, not on the same level as a grand prize winner, but maybe second place goes to Winwood and Wonder’s Holiday Tau.  I’m living through this one all day today.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Creative people can get easily bored by circumstances that don’t inspire them.  But remarkably creative ideas are born by using through that boredom.  Taurus

Can I get a witness?  Who sang that song?  This may be why Emma the Baroness and I have grown in love and acceptance.  As long as we don’t become co-dependent upon each other, right?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: We’re always changing, just maybe not in the direction we want to.  That’s why everyone needs a witness for an outside perspective.” Leo

My colleague I.G. from my leadership training and consulting days used to query the managers about risk and success before revealing that calculated risk is the stuff of super managing.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Some shrink from danger.  Others seek it.  You do neither.  You meet life as it comes, assess your risk and at.  This is the cool-headed approach of confident living.” Virgo

Seriously, Nash are you going to let your Holiday Tau leave us in suspense? 

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Minute gestures convey deep and complicated emotions.  Attention flows to certain things and not to others; the trail of that attention is a journey and a story.  Aquarius

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S1 E 141 — Be Your Inner Artist and Let Her Fly

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.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 141 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 26th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5 “  Steve Aoki, 41: You’ve a chance to look at your behavior as a film director might.  Choices will be made about how to compose the next few scenes.  Be the artist you are.” Sagittarius

Evidence

Really a down day for any Patreon project procrastination work.

On the home front, it was “rain rain go away.” 

Last night winds howled.  We braved the elements and closed the patio umbrellas, quickly placed the table cover on after sliding the wicker pie-shaped arm rests under so they wouldn’t blow away.  

Our friends Jay and Elle visited us driving to the local Peppino’s Italian restaurant on the lake, before they and their adult son hit the road for wide open spaces of Phoenix, first and then to their home in Prescott.  

Rumor they repeated was of a migration outflow from California to other states, so much so, that California will lose a seat in Congress. 

This after Emma the Baroness blurted out a comment, just like Trump.

Any how, let’s remember our Holiday Tau for at least one more day.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The spirit of love generated at various times of the week lingers.  Your mood is cozy with the knowledge that when the heart is fulfilled, not much else matters.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

On the previous day Steve Nash’s Holiday Tau triggered a former colleague who thanked me for something I said that changed his life.  He didn’t tell me what it was and I’ve been wracking by brain trying to recall what it was, but I bet it was a version of what McQueen has for me today. Opportunity results from preparation meeting luck at the right time.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People who say they’re lucky tend to notice opportunities more than those who self-describe as unlucky.  Your luck will happen regardless of how you see yourself.” Aries

Here’s hoping.  Let this sucker fly and see how many are inspired.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: An idea doesn’t have to be great to inspire people. You don’t know what will fly until you put it out there.”  Taurus

Again, Steve this one might be a keeper just to let it simmer in my brain for awhile

“5 “  Steve Aoki, 41: You’ve a chance to look at your behavior as a film director might.  Choices will be made about how to compose the next few scenes.  Be the artist you are.” Sagittarius

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S1 E 140 — Chasing Squirrels While Barking At Nothing

I feel I’m running on fumes with this Patreon “passion project” rushing to finalize the page requirements, have it reviewed and then go live.  

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 140 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of December in winter of 2019. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Decide how long you want to devote yourself to a project.  If you want it done quickly, go alone.  If you want to make this into a regular part of your world, go with someone who’s down for the journey.” Scorpio

Evidence

It’s the Sunday before Christmas Eve and Day. One of the requirements if you include goals is to pinpoint them: 

      1. Cover an unexpected expense of $400 in an emergency which Neal Gabler wrote eludes the vast majority of us Creatives and 
      2. Cover costs of doing business; $428.05 month / $5136.60.

Meanwhile I’m roughing out a series of emails aimed at building master the chain reaction  of awareness, interest, liking, desire, trial, repurchase and regular use. 

I’m at least 30 to 45 days behind, but will begin with “Happy New Year“ to everyone as the 1st message. 

Second is “How have you been, what’s going on in your life?” 

Third is in response to what they say, with Patreon completely finished and 

          1. How it works, 
          2. Thinking about tiers — what’s your advice and feedback? 

Fourth invites them to my Facebook.

On with the Holiday Season and our — Zahn’s, Winkler’s, Emma the Baroness and my Holiday Tau.  Is it too gimmicky, this project? I have mixed feelings and should heed our advice.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Decide how long you want to devote yourself to a project.  If you want it done quickly, go alone.  If you want to make this into a regular part of your world, go with someone who’s down for the journey.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Actually I’m so self-absorbed in this project, that I need to notice Emma the Baroness rather than key on how much attention I’m receiving.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Noticing is a form of love.  Not noticing is more antithetical to love than hate is.  Just as love can bond and heal, neglect can cut and wound.  Today you’ll notice the quality of attention people give you.”  Aries

My life is joyful in spades and this project should be providing more and more joy than anxiety as we near the end of the holiday season and kick off a wondrous 2020!!

“5” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Doing things on your own is one of the great joys in life.  Discovery is a particularly satisfying subset of the category.  To find something that wasn’t in the guidebook can be wondrous.”  Taurus

Power naps are good.  What would Leo da V do? If he says it’s ok then count me in.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: After a few weeks of commanding your days, it’s very relaxing to let the day do what it wants.  This is your chance! And if it all culminates into a long nap, more power to you!” Leo

As you know, Steve I always sing the praises of your TauBits of Wisdom.  Most of the time they don’t sync up with what I’m doing.  However, I see the beauty in today’s and will keep it.  Thanks

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Looking back, you won’t know how you did it.  Looking forward produces a similarly baffling sensation.  But it will get done.  Action is much more effective than the memory of projection.”  Sagittarius

You know, Steve this is touching on how both of us, the Baroness and I, view the world.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You don’t show all you have — you don’t even hint at it!  That’s for the new people who don’t know better, or the insecure, or the ones who are fearful they don’t have enough.  You play it cool, keeping your assets to yourself.  Capricorn

It is odd when that happens.  Like the time a former employee in one of my outplacement seminars matter of factually told me something I told the group changed his life.  He was on his way out of a brief alumni networking meeting when he turned to say good bye and told me he just wanted to thank me.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s odd the things that pop into your head — a short interaction with a stranger or a conversation you had a decade ago.  Why is this relevant now? Maybe it’s not.  Take a breath.  Find a focus worthy of you.  Aquarius

Sign me up.  Playfulness feels carefree enough to inject into this weeks Christmas family reunion.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): It is said that the finest inventions are nurtured in hardship.  Maybe so, but a lot of great ideas have other roots, for instance in the playfulness of a carefree moment.  Your creativity will come without suffering.” Pisces

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S3 E9 — Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best 

“No Irish Need Apply, Nor Worship in the Highlands or Somerset County,” is the chapter’s working title. The one part from yesterday that wasn’t a misrepresentation described how my grandfather served in World War I in the Navy and became a “spy” for the State Department.

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 9 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 12th 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 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment

 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People only take risks in hopes of achieving goals they think are possible. You’ll paint a picture of your vision with well-chosen words and provide the inspiration others need to move forward.” Aries

Evidence

I have to correct an item from yesterday.  Here’s what my mother wrote initially:

Friday —

Hope you had a wonderful birthday (not today, but on Halloween — Scorpio Time) Well, I learned something this morning!! After our talk about family “history” last night, I read the large framed document in the guest room hallway — and — guess what, John McLennan was my grandfather.  The following is excerpt from the larger of the two documents.  

Supreme Council 33rd & 

Last Degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Council of Free Masonry. 

John McLennan, Native of Scotland 

born December 27, 1861, 

resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.  

Duly enrolled in our Grand Armyin Auroa Gratia Consigitory 

December 21, 1900.

Months later she wrote:

Also — it occurred to me that in your search for my Dad’s background I neglected to tell you that all of our ancestor’s names would begin with “Mc”!! 

My dad had it changed to “Mac” (Don’t know when), telling me he didn’t want to be confused as any ‘Irish Catholic”!!! Bigotry??!!

Somewhere in my digital files I remember the background, oh I remember now it’s in the queue for inclusion as a chapter in the “Volume Three Manuscript”. 

Here it is, the chapter’s working title is “No Irish Need Apply, Nor Worship in the Highlands or Somerset County.”

The one part from yesterday that wasn’t a misrepresentation described how my grandfather served in World War I in the Navy and became a “spy” for the state department.

My mom wished be a happy birthday (though not for today), and alas none of us enjoyed Holiday Tau today — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness nor me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So it’s only fair, this being the start of the weekend and the start of the end of the pandemic to appropriate Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Your creativity soars high. This year, you’ll follow a wild idea to full realization. The golden question is this: Which one? You have so many! The criteria your idea must meet to be successful: It helps others, is needed and doesn’t exist in the world already, and there’s a clear vision to the first dollar you’ll make to sustain it.

Yes I stipulate to many, many creative ideas so the question is golden. And, thank you for defining what my criteria should be.

Don’t you agree Steve’s Holiday Tau fits nicely with my soaring wild ideas?  It extends in more detail how to describe more clearly.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People only take risks in hopes of achieving goals they think are possible. You’ll paint a picture of your vision with well-chosen words and provide the inspiration others need to move forward.” Aries

And, then there’s this.  Howey’s Holiday Tau advocating achieving clarity of purpose by crafting an elevator pitch. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:If you don’t have an ‘elevator pitch,’ then this is the perfect time to come up with one. It’s not for the influential people you might meet; rather, it’s your clarity of purpose.” Cancer

I’ve struggled to figure out an efficient way posting a draft to Patreon or one of my websites.  And, then get good at remembering all the stuff that is quirky about each site. And, after that routinely pump them out. Stuff I have to work out: 205 curations, essays, chapters and essays at various stages in the pipeline and 97 Volume Two and Three manuscript chapter drafts. I’ve made headway these last two weeks by following CM&W’s Holiday Tau almost to the letter.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’re efficient and impressively productive, appearing to balance many things at once, when really you are balancing one thing at a time, giving your full attention to each, however briefly.” Leo

In a word, “iterate” is the working principle once I start something.  But, while that’s how I approach the tactical writing, staying in the moment, I keep an eye on what’s up ahead and navigate away from blind alleys or boxed in mazes of my own making.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s all about thinking ahead today. You’ll anticipate potential pitfalls and either avoid them or, if they are unavoidable, deal with them as quickly as possible.  Aquarius

Thanks Harvey, one of my most frequent testimonials from my clients has been your TauBit.  I hope to continue in this stage of my writing career.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re influential. Maybe you won’t detect it, but you can be certain that people believe something different after they’ve interacted with you than what they believed before they encountered you.”  Capricorn

And finally, if Smith and Nicks’ Holiday Tau told me if instead of hurling left-wing and right-wing arguments at each other, you looked one or two levels deeper under the name calling you’d find a commonly agreed upon problem statement, then yes I’d sign up.  Something could be accomplished,  After all it takes two wings to fly.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Both sides of the argument can’t be right, but there is a rightness in each stance. It will bring you good fortune to look for it. Do it quietly, gingerly and with great respect.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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