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

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

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

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

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

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

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

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uh oh. Now what? 

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

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

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

Why is something happening? 

If that, then this!

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

Curiosity.  

To me it’s a gap closer.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

S4 E5 — New Season of Domestic and Global Chaos

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

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

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

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

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

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

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

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

S1 E147 — Whistleblowing, Melancholy and Curbing Fallen Needles

So this is chore day.  And return to normal decorated days of everyday life.  Which brings a melancholy of its own, especially as you tune back into the news and there’s a whistleblower alleging even more corruption in the Whitehouse. 

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 147 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 4th day of January in winter of 2020.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Why did you start this endeavor?  You are a million emotional miles from early impulses that had to do with impressing someone.  Taurus

Evidence  

This is the first Saturday of the new year and being a Saturday where we live means Sunday is when we take the curbside cans to the curb for Monday morning pick up.  And one of the big items is the Christmas tree known by its Native American name — Falling Needles.  

It’s also fitting that today is chore day, because I’m picking up where I left off in 2019 with the intention of “working on the business” more efficiently.  

Back in July I left off after writing drafts of 41 chapters for a Volume Three manuscript — I now imagine I’m being “interviewed” in the old folks home about my life.  

How would it begin — as a way of telling a story about my legacy and wisdom I’ve picked up along the way?

    • I found a draft from 12/15/19 for an open post. 
    • The Tau of Steve clearly captured my imagination and might be a good reason for Patreon supporters to become community members in Discord. 
    • I’d need to invite them to become part of the experiment like this one the horoscope project which began in February 2019.  
    • “What I learned from … horoscopes this past year”. 
    • My first dated Scorpio horoscope on 2/24/19, “Nothing exists in one dimension for you, and three is also too few, because you are understanding things on levels unexplainable.” 

And, six others I might be willing to trade. A natural experiment or “living life as an artist.”

And the beat goes on with today’s Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  Yesterday’s sample really, really sucked.  But today?  How optimistic for the year, if I tie these loose ends up ASAP.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What’s coming up is fantastic, although there’s not a moment to waste in anticipating it as many loose ends still need to be tied.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I just don’t remember any more Holiday Tau that spoke to me than today’s.  From the original list of motivational and inspirational TauBits I only rejected three.  So, they’re really, really good or I felt really, really needy.

So Steve, your Holiday Tau tells me that my audience will find me and learn to like what I’m offering, right?  I’ll take it if you don’t mind.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What they want from you and what you want to give may not exactly match up, but they’ll learn to want what you prefer to deliver.” Aries

Haha, sometimes it takes so long to create what I started that I totally forget the why and have to back track to rediscover it.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Why did you start this endeavor?  You are a million emotional miles from early impulses that had to do with impressing someone.  Taurus

Look, Steve I realize this TauBit of Wisdom is well wise, but I just can’t use it to day.  Maybe early next week?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Be glad you recognize your own faults.  People with faults can improve, whereas those who believe they have none will spiral into more complicated delusions.” Gemini

Howey, your TauBit makes a lot of sense.  Was it somebody else’s Holiday Tau that explained when we yearn for the good old days, they weren’t really what happened as much as a fantasy that never was either.  It’s more about expectations.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Before you waste any time longing for what was, consider whether it really was or not.  Why not stand in the present instead?  Cancer

Okay, now I’m feeling the answer to the sheer volume of Steves today is that I’m feeling really, really needy and these looked really good through that filter. Hell, I don’t know where my true boundaries lie.

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Don’t let other people draw the line for you today, as only you know where your true boundaries lie.” Leo

Okay, I was following the first part, because it reminded me of the Knowledge Path — which when you strip it down to its essence is a way of designing your future.  So, yes life still happens to you, but anticipate most of it so you aren’t startled and surprised frequently and as a result you have the energy and resilience to deal with it as you move forward.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Some days you feel you have control over experience, other days it feels like life is happening to you.  Remaining in your power has to do with taking the right amount of responsibility.” Libra

As in Emma the Baroness …

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: The best part of the day is the part where you pause to acknowledge what you have and want it anew.” Sagittarius

Promises, promises.  So listen Steve the new year is a time for hope and new resolutions, so while I can’t really use it today, I’ll keep your Holiday Tau in mind for later.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:People learn your wants.  You adjust your expectations.  You’re stronger.  Tasks get simplified.  You extract more pleasure from this.”  Capricorn

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

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

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

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

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S1 E135 — The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

I was looking around without finding what I wanted when I had to ask myself why hasn’t this book been written?  So I decided to write it myself.  

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 135 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 14th day of December in winter of 2019.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It is when you’re pretty sure no one cares or notices that you will do the most important work of your soul — work that’s validated purely by your higher self.” Scorpio

Evidence

“They always say” to write about something you know.  I didn’t want this to be all about me, which it actually is, but this is something I’m incredibly curious about.  

      • Over time do we become our name — do people react to your name in mostly the same way? 
      • Is that different than how they respond to my name?  
      • What’s in a name, anyway?  
      • A certain wish, a certain hope, a certain sacred naming event new parents take seriously.  How does it, or did it play out?  
      • Mothers … I’m looking at you! And sisters and brothers, you too.

About turning horoscopes into topics to solicit stories from Steves. 

Next steps:  

      1. Read from the 105 horoscope categories (!) to identify the top 12 situational themes that speak to me more than any other.  
      2. Then frame an engaging question for each and try them out.  
      3. Or can the Top 105 be grouped into 12 mega categories for articles? For Patreon posts?  
      4. Maybe leading into each of the 12 invitations to respond is a song with powerful lyrics — again the top 12 — maybe targeting to FOS, especially those dating and falling in love with Steves — romance leading to merging what was once two single dreams into a common, single dream of a life together.  
      5. How did you see the world then?  
      6. How did you see yourself then?  
      7. Athletic outdoors lover, musician? Or philosopher king?  Nerd seeking your revenge?

Or, it can be the season, right?  With only two weeks left to squeeze your last minute Christmas shopping into, there’s that pressure.  But, isn’t this the time for me to pay attention to my higher self?  And, my soul and reflect it in my Patreon passion project?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It is when you’re pretty sure no one cares or notices that you will do the most important work of your soul — work that’s validated purely by your higher self.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

G&G, your Holiday Tau couldn’t more relevant for me.  Where people are in their development is what I’ve focused on across all my careers. Specifically in helping people realize what’s unique at each of 9 life stages they will encounter over their lifetime, God willing.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Your contentment depends on recognizing where people are in their development and setting your expectations along those lines.”  Virgo

I know you’re competitive, Steve, but are you trying to break into the line up to replace my go to muse, Leo da V?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Take the time to ramble; that knotty bit of psychology that’s had you distracted will get worked out in the air.” Libra

Haha.  Given the choices maybe I’d rather settle for being smarter, talented and better-looking.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: The ones who succeed aren’t smarter, more talented or better-looking.  They’re the ones who never quit.” Leo

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S1 E133 — Why Don’t More Creators Write or Blog?

If this is Thursday, December 12th, then you know that tomorrow won’t be a lucky day, right? So I better pack in as much Patreon decision-making stuff as I can today just to be on the safe side. 

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 133 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 12th day of December in winter of 2019

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Part of you thinks it’s OK for you not to do the things you tell yourself to do.  Perhaps your demands are unrealistic or misaligned with your routine. Investigate.”  Aries

Evidence

For those of you still playing along, you know I’m working on reward tiers for my Patreon Page.  And, I can’t shake the sinking feeling that hardly any “Creators “ write or blog.

Shaggy, in our text messages, thought 5 levels were too many support tiers and advertising would be a better way since I needed to reach thousands just to get a few supporters. 

I’m still attracted to local guides — the ones sketched out while sitting around a pool in Palm Springs or Desert in my notebook at Ranchos Los Palmas.  

I imagined in the Journal of 2020 Foresight — the journey part — beginning in 2003 how fictional expedition members contributed to a growing knowledge base for the express purpose of sharing with other expeditions.

Now flash forward all these years and I’m reimagining how a membership could unfold.

What’s in it for them to join my private Facebook group or want to support me on Patreon? 

A survey?  

Their attitude to new people moving in? 

How satisfied are they about continuing to live there?  

Where else would they consider moving if push comes to shove?  

Would they like to participate in my ongoing research? 

To share their knowledge of local history? 

To be interviewed?  (Is three enough?) 

Know someone who would? 

Be introduced to locals in other similar towns my researched suggested?  

Not the chamber of commerce or real estate promotions, but what it’s like living there everyday?

Which is the right way to go?  The more strategic?

And is it a continuing sign that there is no Holiday Tau for us today?  If so, what does that signal?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Maybe all it signals is a I need to turn to the wisdom of the crowd.  How may I lift your Holiday Tau if you find it of little value?

Over the last couple of days I felt troubled by my perceived types of Creators who have made Patreon their platform of choice.  Or put another way, now it appears that we in endangered species who write may be becoming extinct even there.  But, Shaggy might be right too — skip the platform and advertise instead.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Part of you thinks it’s OK for you not to do the things you tell yourself to do.  Perhaps your demands are unrealistic or misaligned with your routine. Investigate.”  Aries

Yeah, yeah.  True I guess.  I’m thinking too much before the habit sets in, which is the reverse of my superpower.  But, I’ll let you two musical icons keep your TauBit of wisdom.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Tasks done by rote are easily accomplished this way.  But once you start thinking about them, they become difficult.  Get your head out of the deal.”  Taurus

So Howey, I understand the gist of your Holiday Tau, but I just can’t profitably use it today.  It does trigger an association to how hazing in fraternities and sororities leads to bonding, but I’m just not in the market. Thanks, though.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:When you have to fight for a thing, you appreciate it and are stronger for the effort.  When a thing comes easily, it allows you to focus elsewhere. Both have merit.” Cancer

Okay, Steves these last two seem contradictory.  On the one hand G&G’s TauBit tells me to think more about the event, while Harvey’s cautions me against it because more thought often leads to distractions when follow through (like now) are required.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The thoughts that drive you to a behavior are more important than the behavior.  Unravel the moments that precipitate events.”   Virgo

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:Some things are more useful to think about than others, and you’re willing to go there.  It will mean resisting distractions.”  Capricorn

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

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.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips

S1 E124 — No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 124 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

What’s been going on? Yes, it’s official I launched my  Patreon page  yesterday — at least navigated all the false starts, getting lost following set up instructions, finding my way back, getting lost again and submitting it for review after coming up with a tagline, patron support descriptions and background photo. 

Now comes the hard part. “Languaging” it as a branded theme.  So many drafts followed many more drafts.  But, here’s a working synthesis:

I’m an introverted procrastinator.  I collect zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays, but appropriating which predictions I want to believe lie ahead for me on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

As most hackers know, zip codes provide the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  They are harder to steal with a straight face.  

Now is the even harder part, finding a voice.  I’m inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” both by her simplicity and humor and by an early passage:

I was not abused, abandoned, or locked up as a child.  My parents were not alcoholics, nor were they ever divorced or dead.  We did not live in poverty, or in misery, or in an exotic country.  I am not a misunderstood genius, a former child celebrity, or the child of a celebrity.  I am not a drug addict, sex addict, food addict, or recovered anything.  If I indeed had a past life, I have no recollection of who I was. I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary.

I’m feeling a little time pressure now.  Emma the Baroness and I are hosting our family for Thanksgiving and while she prepares the feast and decorates I’ve got front yard and back patio chores to complete.  Those chores compete with completing my federal and state taxes.  Good luck, right?

You can tell I really don’t have a coherent description of my endeavor and how it’s possible to devote so much time and have so little to show for it, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

A Researcher’s Disclaimer:  This is neither Emma the Baroness’s nor my birthday.  

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

How you fit in with so many different types of people is a marvel you’ll repeat time and time again, matching moods, blending into cultures, taking on just the right attitude to gain approval and power.  You’ll live in a beautiful bubble for a while and create from that place, recalling it for months and years after.

Wow, Steve.  I’m definitely stealing yours.  I mean, “What would Leo da V do?”  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What are the others overlooking?  You get three times more creative just by asking yourself the question, and you feel five times more alive when you figure out the answer and then tend to it.”  Aries

Yo, musical icons I’m feeling your groove about obstacles.  And your Holiday Tau of alliterations — counteract current culture — but, its message strikes to the heard of my energy and frustration and avoidance experienced in 2017 when I launched WordPress websites.  Sometimes, I just had to walk away for days at a time.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Anticipate obstacles.  Decide how you will counteract the current culture of distraction, as this will be a necessary first step toward the completion of any other plan.” Taurus

Wait, just what are you talking about?  Do you have any idea Steve?  Scandal? Bitterness? I could use a minute of distraction.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sweets of flattery and the bitterness of scandal are unnecessary distractions you don’t need to taste today.  The only news worth spreading is news that can help.” Gemini

Do Jeffersonville, Indiana or Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lillehammer, Norway or Florence, Italy count?  No, just the attitude? Got it. 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you go, arrive as a tourist; it’s the heightened awareness that helps you see it differently.  From this observational mindset, everything appears new, interesting and delightful.”  Virgo

And finally we come to Mr. Aoki who just seems to receive a high volume of Holiday Tau.  What are you offering today? I’m sure you and others will find relevancy, but I’m going to skip it today.  But, thanks.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Those who are cloaked in the all-too-common disguise of ‘someone who has it all figured out’ are only hiding from their own development.  Learning requires exposure.” Sagittarius

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips