S3 E29 — Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau

Jealousy raised its little green head when it came to selecting each day’s Holiday Tau over the course of one year.  At first I didn’t know what I was in for.  

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 29 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 16th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year; S3 E27What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

I hadn’t considered the numbers, the odds.  

Robotically I turned to the “Comics” page in the print edition.  Yes, down at the bottom right hand corner you’d view six comics next to the “CrossWord” on its left side and under “Ask Amy” whose headline for the day is a provocative “Wedding cost her friends.”  

Across the top you’ll also find Sudoku, Bridge and Kenken and wedged in the middle left column you’ll see “Horoscope” with a warning —“The horoscope should be read for entertainment.”

Nothing about jealousy. If I gambled I’d realize statistically given 12 possible TauBits of Wisdom my Holiday Tau would either suck or pale in comparison to the 11 others.  

Which is a long way of saying I was in it for finding and collecting wise sayings I could put to use right away, or at least in the near future.

Here’s a sample from the Findings section of the 1-year report which illustrates how I stole from all the others, changed the categories and color coded them over time to Practical Projects, Work (Volume Two Manuscript), Legacy (Volume Three Manuscript) and Inner Dreams and Intimacies —  and finally grouped them by type of advice.

Scorpios = my legitimate Holiday Tau

Key to the initial categories abandoned during the first 60 days:

W = Wisdom

Y = the best over a year

S = silly

N = support for Steve as a name

Future by Design

N — “Once upon a time, you made up your mind about who you wanted to be, and now embody that vision.  Once again, you’ll imagine a new version.  You’ll attract the people who can help you willfully create the circumstances to help you evolve.  Love yourself as you are.  It’s your last chance before the leap.”

Lifestyle Biz Art Form

Y —“The way to live your life and/or run your business is as much a work of art as anything you produce.  As you express yourself and follow your muse, you show people a path they hadn’t thought of.  Your novel leadership will open the door to the sort of experiences you dreamed about having when you were small.”

Filters and Opinions

W — “To see the world how it is, lift the lenses you’re looking through and take off the filters and rules you’ve superimposed.” 

“People are open to opinions they agree with.  You have a lot of respect for one who entertains other points of view.  Real communication resolves conflicts.”

W, Y— Scorpios: “People can experience similar circumstances very differently.  You’ll live this today.”

Friendships and Relationships

S W — “You will go out of your way, waste your time and break your budget in the name of friendship.  This is how you know you’re doing it right.  For your love and generosity, you’ll be meaningfully rewarded beyond your wildest imaginings.”

W, Y— Scorpios: “You know intellectually that you’re connected to the people who live so far away, though you don’t always feel that connection as powerfully as you will today.”

Coaching and Advising

“You’ll inspire, coach and facilitate big successes for the ones you care about.  In doing so, you’ll fulfill your own destiny and profit in all the ways that matter to you.  Your connection with family deepens through shared work.”

Searching

Y —“You’re like a U2 song because you’ve quested for years, searched high and low, yet still haven’t found what you’re looking for.  That’s good news.  If you were settled, then you wouldn’t go on the incredible adventures in store for this year, one of which begins in another person’s loving eyes.” 

Luck and Resourcefulness

Y —“Dumb luck brings brilliant outcomes.  You’ve a tendency to gravitate toward the action and then pay attention to your environment, making the most of the things you just happen to stumble upon.  You’ll get a top buyer for your work, property or ideas.”

Clarity and Action

W — “Mental fog lifts; you see your situation vividly, know the next move, and there’s nothing stopping you.  Is it the right goal?  Don’t worry about that.  As long as you are moving, you’ll find your way to the right goal.”

Mastery and Development

Y —“This is no time to back down.  You’re well on your way to becoming a master.  Your ability develops with every assignment you take on, so seek the teachers and situations that will throw a lot at you.  The time to invest in loved ones will be the source of your strength, pride and best moments.”

See? Out of twelve I selected only two intended for me. What’s that …  a measly 16.7%. I’m glad I didn’t settle!

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Oh, every once in a while I’d feel jealous that I wasn’t born on a great day.  So, yeah I’d swipe this one. Passion diving is fun and I have a body of knowledge that eludes me.  Two subjects.  I wonder what they will be?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Floating on a strong current of love and support, you’re able to dive into your passions. A lifelong learner, you’ve amassed an impressive body of knowledge. Yet, in many ways, you’ve barely scratched the surface. This year enlightens you further on two subjects dear to your heart and applicable to daily life.

Hey Smithy and Stevie, would it be okay if instead of capturing these ideas on post-its I accomplish the same thing by computer and iPhone?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Treasures at the back of your mind now need to come forward. Get the ideas on paper. The phrases keep you pointed in a particular direction. Put them where you look often — in your wallet, on your bathroom mirror, in your phone.” Gemini

Is your Holiday Tau saying forget getting caught up in politics?  But, maybe capitalize on the ongoing feuds?  If so, count me in!

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Let the world argue endlessly about the sorry state of things. You know the truth: It is what you make of it. Your intense focus on the positive can turn almost anything into your ideal scenario.” Leo

Hey, Steve am I right in interpreting your TauBit of Wisdom as a companion message to your co-founder and the two comedians?

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You get out of relationships what you put into them. You make the effort, and the others meet you halfway, though maybe not immediately. It’s OK because you’re willing to take more initiative in the early stages.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent
    • “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E28 — Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year

According to Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s detective series, it’s a cardinal sin to turn away from momentum.  Momentum drives me to writing the 1-year experiment report by picking up where I left off.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 28 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 15th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E27 What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole; S3 E25Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Last time I shared the pitch for bringing more Steves into the world! Heck, we’re an endangered species if you follow the numbers. 

Stymied at first to name any famous Steves, Google results provided 120 and with a little sleight of hand I listed them according to their horoscopes.

Today I’m outlining sections of the report:

Introduction 

Defining terms — What does Tau mean; Life as an art form in a natural experiment;

The chain of events leading to the 1-year natural experiment including creating and maintaining 6 WordPress websites, a blog taking a peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself;  

Which points to Patreon, a crowdfunding platform; and 

The inspiration behind turning to Holiday Mathis Scorpio sayings starting on 2/24/19;

Methodology 

Conducted 1-Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/29/20;

On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

Tau of 19 Famous Steves 

          • Steve Harvey, 62 (December 22 – January 20) Capricorn
          • Steve Nash, 45 (January 21 — February 19) Aquarius
          • Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011) (February 20 — March 20) Pisces
          • Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) (March 21 – April 20) Aries
          • Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56 (April 21 – May 21) Taurus (Addition part way through)
          • Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72  (May 22 – June 21) Gemini (Added part way through)
          • Steve Howey, 42 (June 22 – July 22) Cancers 
          • Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69  (July 23 – August 22) Leo
          • Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72 (August 23 – September 23) Virgo (Added part way through)
          • Steve Kerr, 54 (September 24 – October 23) Libra
          • Steve Zahn, 51 (October 24 – November 22) Scorpio
          • Steve Aoki, 41 (November 23 – December 21) Sagittarius

Initial plan for coding the Holiday Tau into categories to compare and analyze TauBits of Wisdom.

          1. W —Wisdom for “If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue?” 
          2. N —The name (why a mother would choose Steve for a baby to grow into; choose Steve for horoscope intuition) — prime-the-pump kind of Steve-only and Friends of Steves putting in their two cents; 
          3. Y —1-year experiment — Anything, especially for intuitors and actual magical thinking (Norway vacation should extend the 1-year time frame)
          4. S — Something silly inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” but she chose the alphabet for categorizing small moments — This could be 52 weekly sayings for a year.

In the first 30 day I didn’t really know what the patterns would be until the Holiday Tau showed me. 

Changes As the Year Unfolded

          • Time frame lengthened to make up for two vacations in July and September of 2019. 
          • I needed to sort quickly through 12 sets of Steves first by eliminating about 50% in the daily selection process and second through scoring on a scale of low (1) to high (5)
          • For more in depth tracking and comparisons I switched to a representative sample of four horoscopes.  
          • Settled on changing the categories to practical projects, work, wisdom and legacy and relationships and intimacy. 
          • My monthly reviews eliminate all scored Holiday Taus except for those ranked “5”
          • Those, were segregated from horoscope and from a Steve, to be used as a standalone TauBit of Wisdom.

Findings

Four Representative Samples: (Grand Total 421)

“For Steve Zahn, Emma the Baroness and Me”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 139)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Carell, Steve Martin, and Steve Wozniak”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 103)

          • Practical Projects: 28
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 29

“For Steve McQueen”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 117)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Jobs”

 TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 62)

          • Practical Projects: 20
          • Work: 9
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 13

Evidence

But, what about today?

So, the beat goes on with today’s crop of Holiday Tau. Zahnny does your TauBit of Wisdom fit so well today because of selection or confirmation bias?  Either way, I like it a lot.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is today your birthday?  Y’all know it’s not mine, right? But 10 weeks is 10 weeks, so let’s check back as well as in May and August!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Here come the exciting influences! There are definite emotional benefits from the changes over the next 10 weeks, and you’ll find your mood on a steady rise. Because of this, you’ll attract different situations in May than you do in August. You will leverage one resource for another more brilliantly suited to your needs.

Steve, I’m feeling the rhythm in your Holiday Tau, especially “passages of life” which is the theme for my “Volume Three Manuscript” and illuminates my “back door” approach to composing it from this 1-year experiment (and maybe the next?!)

“5” Steve Aoki, 41: “It is normal to, at times, feel uncomfortable, displaced or lost in the unfamiliar. These feelings accompany the passages of life you will one day be most proud of.” Sagittarius

Oh, I have no problem ignoring the opinion of others, like I’m sure you don’t either Steve.  But, I’m not feeling yours today, so I’m going to ignore it.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “It is so hard for you to take a compliment, and yet it is so easy for you to believe someone’s unwanted critique. In general, this is a good day to ignore the opinions of others.”  Capricorn

What are you now, a mind reader, as well as an NBA Coach?  I’m grabbing your TauBit of Wisdom with two hands and an strapping in for the ride!

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:An intriguing future is taking form in your imagination. This is just one of many possibilities, so why are you already putting limits on it? Practice unbound visualization and watch your reality free up.” Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent
    • “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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 E48 — Tracking Millennials from One Resort to Another

We’ve seen this pattern before.  We discovered it and tracked a migration of 20-something lifestyles (Gen-Y, Millennials) who disappeared from one resort town and reappeared in another resort town as the effects of the Great Recession slowly diminished.  

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “A walk can be a creative and mystical experience. You’ll see sights that affirm your physical course along the way and your general trajectory on the path of life.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 48 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 17th day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E4727 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List; S2 E46Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?; S2 E45Wildcard What Ifs and Doobie Bros Bias

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk; S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Santa Cruz’s unemployment surges as workers counting on jobs materializing or reopening on the historic boardwalk get the bad news.  

The same occurs across the West in towns blessed and yet dominated by resort attractions — summer and winter adventures in mountains, on rivers and lakes.  

The tourist seasons deliver severe blows to the younger quality-of-lifers in their early and mid-20s.  

We discovered it and tracked a migration of 20-something lifestyles (Gen-Y, Millennials) disappeared from one resort town and reappeared in another resort town as the effects of the Great Recession slowly diminished.  

But, this time around there might be hope for Millennial remote-workers. 

Those with jobs in the distributed working knowledge industries — who, unlike their younger brothers and sisters just graduating from college and high school yearn for adventures.

Where?  Anywhere away from the suburbs and urban centers — just to get away, but who become dependent on the tourist trade.  

Working remotely gives you a steady income while those less fortunate around you in pristine resort towns fall victim to the ripple effects and can’t make it on subsistence wages.  

Have you noticed all those Zoomed entertainers with rustic wood backgrounds wishing everyone else safety and health like they enjoy all hunkered down in Montana? 

In a vicious cycle, the invasion of celebrities triggering the increase in second-home property values spike homeowner property taxes.

The effects ripple from there. 

The locals are forced with gut-wrenching decisions like the three long-time locals in Whitefish, Montana we profiled.

Their dilemma led to our discovery of lifestyle profile shifts in neighborhood communities and that led to figuring out how to use birds-of-a-feather bucket lists to find a new town and community waiting for them with open arms.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “No matter how high you rise in position, you retain the no-nonsense outlook you started with. You are skeptical of values based on anything other than human worth.” Scorpio

Well, yes if there is a pattern I follow it, definitely  honoring the development and worth of those I advise or instruct.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “A walk can be a creative and mystical experience. You’ll see sights that affirm your physical course along the way and your general trajectory on the path of life.” Aries

I’m a firm believer in body and mind fitness for mental health. Plus an opening poem in the first chapter of my first book begins with a “hole” in a sidewalk and progresses to choosing a new path to follow in your life.

“4” Steve Kerr, 54:There is success in your current course of action, although you will need to remind yourself of this and also incentivize and motivate yourself to continue in kind. Consistency motivates success.” Libra

I’m sure this is true for other days, but I don’t feel the need today.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: You’ll solve problems all day long — problems of different scope and complexity, some easy, others expensive, some that seem pervasive, others you feel privileged to have.  Sagittarius

Sorry, this bit of wisdom sounds just too generic for me today.

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You will stick to your values even when you don’t want to, it’s hard or the rewards don’t come. Your reason? It’s the adult thing to do. The depth of character it takes to stick to values is a reward in and of itself.” Pisces

To be honest, I just don’t see any other way.  Yes it is the adult thing to do, but what else is there?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: Beware of quick fixes, as today they are likely to fall down in both quickness and fixing. Small changes made consistently over a long period of time will give you the best results.” Virgo

I agree, but why do we fall for the temptation to cut corners only to fall victim to things that seem too good to be true and are?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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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

S2 E47 — 27 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List

Put some adventure into your remote working options. Build a new bucket list of remote-enabled resort towns. Here’s how.

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

Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: What task will move the needle for you today? What is the one thing that’s going to make you feel accomplished when your head hits the pillow tonight? Start with that. Anything else is gravy.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 47 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 16th day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E46Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?; S2 E45Wildcard What Ifs and Doobie Bros Bias; S2 E44Celebrating Emma the Baroness Tribal Quarantine Style 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E44Google Me Some Chopped Liver

Context

I hit the groove, publishing to my platform on Patreon with:

27 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List

Your need to explore is as real as your need for food, and you’ll find a way to adventure wondrously.

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

The Tau: Week Ending 5/16/20

Tags : COVID-19, climate, deserts, horizons, islands, lakes, migration, Millennials, mountains, Pacific Coast Highway, rafting, ranges, regions, rivers, remote, road trips, slopes, sunrises

Here on the Atoll, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

Join our growing group of 2839 followers …. See what you’ve been missing.

Check out this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” delivered, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll. 

Where … ?

Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

              • A Year of Painting Outdoors in Tahoe
              • The Best Things To Do Around Lake Tahoe In The Summer
              • California’s tourism-dependent towns cautiously prepare new marketing for reopening
              • With our ski resort closed, we’re working at a food bank and feeling all the emotions

Pristine Treks

              • National Parks Are Suddenly Flooded with Wildlife. What Happens When Humans Return?
              • Running in the Time of Coronavirus
              • VIDEO: Trio of mountain lion kittens on the prowl in Napa County
              • Hiker In Marin Finds Unexploded, Possibly Historic Ammunition Along Hiking Trail
              • Escapes: Keep the fire for travel burning
              • Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

              • Colorado (Officially) Has a New State Park Near Trinidad
              • The Water Is A Brilliant Blue At Box Canyon State Park, A Refreshing Roadside Stop In Idaho
              • 11 Must-See Spots In Sedona
              • Historic New Mexico Road Trip: Santa Fe To Taos
              • Live out your Santorini dreams in this Palm Springs house asking $3M

Islands and Currents

              • Mauna Kea has had more than a million deep long-period earthquakes over the past 20 years
              • Hawaii plans to extend stay-at-home measures, travel quarantine until end of June
              • 9 Things To Consider Before Booking A Hawaiian Cruise
              • The Pandemic Strands Some Ship Crews at Sea, Others On Shore
              • Transplanting Staghorn Corals Could Help The Species Recover In The Caribbean
              • Hawaii Just Showed Visitors Its Future. It’s Truly Eerie

PCH Regions

              • 8 Small Towns You Should Visit in Oregon
              • How To Spend A Day In Monterey, California
              • The Best Things To Do On San Diego Bay
              • In California Wine Country, A Family Campground (Plus Lap Pool) – Remodelista
              • Orange County harbor anchorages are packed as boats offer socially distant safe harbors
              • Surfer dies after shark attack off Santa Cruz County coast

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’re a part of nature, and it will feel better to think and act in accordance with that.” Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc

Evidence

 Which bits of wisdom were nudging me in that direction?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you are working too hard at something, then you’ll become resentful and bitter. To figure out a better, smarter, shorter route is not the lazy thing; rather, it’s what’s best for all.” Scorpio

Trial and error, that’s how I’d describe the ongoing learning process I encounter with the Patreon platform.  Is it ideal?  Hell, no, wait is that bitterness?  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: Everywhere you look, you’ll see the attention-seeking traps of our narcissistic age. You are called by modesty and service; in this way, you’ll stand out from the crowd.  Taurus

Hi, would you mind taking a photo of Emma the Baroness and me?  We don’t want everyone to notice how frequently we’re posing for our selfies.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: What task will move the needle for you today? What is the one thing that’s going to make you feel accomplished when your head hits the pillow tonight? Start with that. Anything else is gravy.” Gemini

Not sure I’m looking forward to gravy stains on my pillow, but publishing moves the needle to mix metaphors.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Creation is one process. Analysis is another process. Separate the two, and you’ll be comfortable and focused inside each separate process. This will bring about your best work.” Virgo

Well stated.  Either I’m so analytical about my work that I second, third and fourth guess my creative talent.  Or I’m so scattered following the squirrels and all the distractions of my creative process following my intuition that I have no idea how far off the mark I’ve become.  Wait, what should I do?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Relationships are collaborative, creative efforts.  Whom you get into a relationship with makes a huge difference.” Sagittarius

If you only knew Emma the Baroness like I do you wouldn’t need this reminder.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S3 E26 — Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

People often ask me, how did you arrive at the final selection of Steves from whom you steal their “TauBits of Wisdom”?  So I look both of them directly in the eye and say …

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Good questions get direct answers. Write and rewrite your question until it rings with truth and then ask your heart for answers and write down what it says. Move your hand across the page unthinkingly; the words will come.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 22 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 10th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E25 Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …; S3 E24Reunion on the Edge of the Pacific Ocean near Legoland? Hell Yeah! ;  S3 E23Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll; S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Talk about coincidences piling up, their question is precisely the one I’m writing for next  section of the 1-Year Experiment Report.  So here it goes, enjoy!

Turning to my Knowledge Bank, aka Pinboard, let me set the stage.  

In September, 2019 there were 406,129 people in the U.S. with the first name Steve, statistically the 153rd most popular first name. More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Steve are male. 

“Wow, is that a lot?” I wondered.  

Which is why I followed Alice down the rabbit hole (which for some unforeseen reason I’m not shooting any longer when they graze on my front lawn with the jet nozzle set to full  force on my hose (rabbits not Alice)) having Googled “Steve”.

Nope. It’s like Steve is on an endangered list.

But, believe it or leave it on the web I found a hell of a lot of lists.  Lists of famous people.  Lists about ranking the best, worst, most interesting, and most surprising names of real people, normal and famous.

And a famous Steves quiz — Quick, how many celebrities named Steven can you think of?  Close your eyes, no fair peaking!

The famous Steves below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Steven, athletes named Steve, and even political figures named Steven. Steve Martin was one of the original Saturday Night Live cast members. He’s also been in movies such as Roxanne and The Three Amigos. He also is a playwright and an avid art collector. Steve Carrell hasn’t been on SNL, but he used to star on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He really made his way into everyone’s hearts as his starring role on The Office. He then transitioned into films, including Crazy, Stupid Love and Anchorman. Steve Irwin was also on television, but he wasn’t cracking too many jokes. He was an Australian native who hosted the show The Crocodile Hunter. He infamously passed away when he was stung by a sting ray.

And, so on. 

Until I felt I hit the jackpot. Was this synchronicity?  

Something in my little Leo da V brain chimed like someone named Steve ringing my doorbell. Can you believe the Amazon driver’s name was Steve?

One of the famous birthdays sites listed the top 10 Steves organized by horoscope which when you do the math = 120!

    • Scorpios: Steve Zahn, 51; Steve Peacocke, 37; Steve Ditko, (1927 – 2018); Steve Kazee, 43; Steve Valentine, 52; Steve Caballero, 54; Steve Atwater, 52; Steve Edge, 46; Steve Gonsalves, 43; Steve Bould, 56
    • Aquarius:  Steve Nash, 45; Steve Perry, 70; Steve Yeager, 38; Steve McNair (1973 – 2009); Steve Prefontaine (1951 – 1975); Steve Terada, 35; Steve Roberts, 37; Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000); Steve Wynn, 77; Steve Hackett, 69 
    • Capricorns: Steve Harvey, 62; Steve Harwell, 52; Steve Hardynal, 29; Steve Earle, 64; Steve Lund, 30; Steve Jordan, 62; Steve Bruce, 58; Steve Allen (1921 – 2000); Steve Williams, 55; Steve Wariner, 64; Steve Garvey, 70 
    • Sagittarius: Steve Aoki, 41; Steve Buscemi, 61; Steve Cook, 34; Steve Harris, 53; Steve Angello, 36; Steve Moses, 26; Steve Spangler, 52; Steve Biko (1946 – 1977); Steve Taylor, 61; Steve Stamp, 34 
    • Virgos: Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Steve Jones, 64; Steve Garrigan, 31; Steve Pemberton, 52; Steve Schirripa, 62; Steve Oram, 46; Steve Milatos, 27; Steve Park, 52; Steve Hofmeyr, 55 
    • Cancers: Steve Howey, 42; Steve Perez, 23; Steve Burton, 49; Steve Little, 47; Steve Booker, 31; Steve Downes, 58; Steve Lawrence, 84; Steve Thomas, 56; Steve Albini, 57; Steve Byrne, 45 
    • Leos: Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69; Steve Lacy (1934 – 2004); Steve Hawkins, 57; Steve Ronin, 27; Steve Chen, 41; Steve Higgins, 56; Steve Talley, 38; Steve Davis, 52 
    • Geminis: Steve Smith, 30, Steve Lacy, 21, Steve Zaragoza, 37, Steve Vai, 59, Steve Cardenas, 45, Steve Rizzo, 20, Steve Mason, 31, Steve Novak, 36, Steve Savoca, 22; Steve Willis, 43 
    • Taurus: Steve Backshall, 46; Steve Smith, 40; Steve Winwood, 71; Steve Yzerman, 54; Steve Stevens, 60; Steve Clark, (1960 – 1991); Steve Spurrier, 74; Steve McCurry, 69; Steve Arienta, 41; Steve Hansen, 60 
    • Aries: Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980); Steve Redgrave, 57; Steve Mandanda, 34; Steve Ballmer, 63; Steve James, 21; Steve Pearce, 36; Steve Howe, 72; Steve Augustine, 42; Steve Bull, 54; Steve Halliwell, 65 
    • Libras: Steve Kerr, 54; Steve Burns, 46; Steve Terreberry, 32; Steve Young, 58; Steve Coogan, 53; Steve Miller, 76; Steve Whitmire, 60; Steve Largent, 65; Steve McQueen, 50; Steve Lukather, 61 
    • Pisces: Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011); Steve Irwin, (1962 – 2006); Steve Wilkos, 55; Steve McFadden, 60; Steve Harris, 63; Steve Gold, 34; Steve Grand, 29; Steve Francis, 42; Steve Evans, 40; Steve Price, 45

That’s 115 more famous Steves than I could name in 2019.

Need I remind you, the purpose of living life like an artist in a natural experiment wasn’t to sing the praises of 120 Steves, but only to separate them from their TauBits of Wisdom — legitimately or illegitimately.  

Evidence

Let’s start legit — which Zahn, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness and I can claim as our birthright, right?

Except for the part about my unthinking hands grazing across the page, I’m in solidarity with your Holiday Tau today, Zahnny.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Good questions get direct answers. Write and rewrite your question until it rings with truth and then ask your heart for answers and write down what it says. Move your hand across the page unthinkingly; the words will come.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Ready or not, here’s the illegitimate part … I like glowing, magic in the summer and a financial lift (but is that like a heist or an elevator)?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You don’t feel courageous, but you are. At first you get things done regardless of whether you believe you can or not. Then you start a streak. The more wins you rack up, the more confidence you gain. You’ll go public with your idea and glow in the spotlight. Summer brings magical connections and a financial lift, too.

Did you notice the addition of Stevie Nicks to “the 99.9 percent of people with the first name Steve are male”?  If I hadn’t added her would the Holiday Tau include lifting weights and feathers? Or what about leather and lace?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Some things are worth doing even though they might be difficult, and some things are worth doing because they’re sure to be difficult. No one ever got strong lifting feathers.” Gemini

What, Howey, don’t leave us in suspense.  What does excitement lead to?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:An ambitious mood strikes. Ambition requires you to take risks, and risks come with fear, and fear feeds into thrills, which can be addictive. This is only the start of the excitement.” Cancer

So, if I interpret your Holiday Tau correctly Coach Kerr, Leo’s ping, which normally distracts me like a squirrel does a Golden Retriever away from writing my other manuscripts, may end better than I can imagine?  Money? Attention? Props? Someone keeps calling telling me I better act fast because my Honda CRV warranty is about to expire?  Not that kind of calling? 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: A tangent will turn into a main focus, mainly because you keep getting attention, money and props for it. This is actually starting to feel like a calling, if not an obsession.” Libra

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7816 to 7925 organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent? “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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S2 E34 — Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day we welcome Stephen King to our list of celebrity Steves.  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 34 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 24th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?; S2 E32Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?; S2 E31Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Here’s the text of my group email I’m circulating with my former Proteges and Mentors after  yesterday’s marathon.

At our home we’ve earned our black belt in Zooming. 

But, this morning after writing portions of a chapter about organizations and what it takes to move from decline to reinvention, I just had to get out of the house.

I walked about three miles around a lake. 

Took a few video frames of a mallard duck family swimming across it’s surface in a mirrored reflection of fluffy clouds, local mountain peaks and lake-front homes.  

I also listened to Stephen King being interviewed in a Fresh Air podcast.  

He was asked about the pandemic (he wrote a book about one in the ‘90s, I think) and how did staying-in-place change his creative process, if he was in fact he was writing a new book now.

It did.  He is.

He had to revisit chapters already written (a process I know all too well) and figure out changes to the original setting of his story.  

He told Terry Gross it was supposed to take place on a cruise ship in 2020.  

I know, right?

But, he said he’s accelerated his writing progress, because being stuck at home he’s running out of things that normally tempt him to procrastinate. 

Temptations I know all too well.

And he said something else that now I’m wondering about.  

When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? 

I’m wondering if, given the rippling effects of interdependencies and supply chains, will anything in your life or industry or relationships with your clients or customers dramatically change as a result? 

Do you envision a new normal?

Or, will it be the same old, same old?

I’d love to hear what your take is.

Stay safe and healthy.

Steve

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I’m looking forward to everyone’s responses, as long as, I can keep my momentum going while simultaneously publishing now on Patreon. 

Evidence

And, I’m wondering how well our collective Holiday Tau steps up to meet our novel coronavirus challenges.

So, Zahnny you realize how high the stakes are for your Holiday Tau on this start to the weekend, right?  

You don’t want to disappoint the Fonz or more importantly my partner in crime, Emma the Baroness and me. I sorta, kinda get it, but I’m not fully appreciating a strong “5”.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51:“It’s fortifying to spend time with people who appreciate you or to spend time doing the things that really make you appreciate yourself. The opposite is detrimental.Scorpio:

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for those of who weren’t born yesterday, but a day later.  And, let’s check back in late August when things will be back to normal.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Love is the star this year. You want a deep relationship and you’ll get it; you’re able to be vulnerable and open to enrichment. You’ll connect with the emotions of others because you take the time to understand your own emotions better. You’ll soar on the confidence of a personal or professional win in late August.

So W&W I clearly see how this Holiday Tau fits you both, but I can only hope what I’m circulating in my group emails accomplishes any thing close to your standards.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll fill needs that people didn’t even realize they had. It’s also possible that you create need by providing something very interesting and getting people used to having it in their lives.  Taurus

Haha, you three had me with your opening premise about change, until you hit “ especially if the environment stays the same.”  Really? Stays the same. Really?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Trying to change too many habits at once almost always fails, especially if the environment stays the same. Your winning move involves taking on one behavioral change at a time.” Leo

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day when we welcome Stephen King.  So things are getting harder than they should be and they don’t seem to be getting easier any time soon (may be in August if Today is your Birthday), but I find your Holiday Tau timely.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

We used to imitate Steve Jobs with a similar motto, “It’s better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.” And, I like how you tweaked your Holiday ever so much with pointing out sometimes it’s far better to stray from the beaten path.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Don’t ask other people for green lights. Green lights don’t work that way. Usually, they are on timers. And often, when you hit one, you’ll start to hit them all. Or you can always take the backroads.” Libra

Now, don’t read this any other way than it is intended, Steve.  Your TauBit of Wisdom is a core value of mine being in the helping and developing professions as I changed careers.  But, today I’m just not convinced I should rate your contribution a “5”.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your positive attitude is grounded in this: Everyone is capable of improving. So whether a person is innately talented or disadvantaged is really beside the point and certainly not worth dwelling on.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1654 to 1703.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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S4 E15 — So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All

The January 6th Insurrection exposed the very concrete acts of violent authoritarianism and domestic fascism operating in the US — as if our Constitution had been shredded and replaced by a regime more like one run by autocrats and demagogues.

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

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Everyone has faults and it would be a waste of time to address them all. What’s relevant to the current situation? What can be improved and how? You’ll put your energy into making a good thing better.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 15th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 26th 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 E14 Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat; S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?; S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E15Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14How!; S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat;

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

What else could go wrong?

During his one term administration Trump embraced and praised authoritarian thugs all over the world like:

    • Erdogan in Turkey
    • Duterte in the Philippines
    • Xi in China,
    • Vladimir Putin
    • Kim Jong-un

“Why is the president so attracted to autocrats?” asked Anonymous, later revealed to be Miles Taylor in his book, “A Warning” written from his inner circle perspective.

“The president sees in these guys what he wishes he had: total power, no term limits, enforced popularity, and the ability to silence critics for good.”

Other than having things his way by following the “Autocrat’s Playbook,” what else could go wrong?

Sure, as Taylor said, “Trump’s affinity for autocrats means we are flying blind through world affairs. The moral compass in the cockpit, is broken.”

“There is only the ever-changing negotiating positions of a grifter in chief, which will not be enough to win what is fast becoming the next Cold War. Our enemies and adversaries recognize the president is a simplistic pushover.

Basically, Taylor agrees with what a lot of the outsiders (late night TV show hosts) have been joking,  he can be played and moved by flattery.

More importantly our competitive enemies like Xi in China believe he is weak, can take advantage of him or simply ignore him.

Or he exposes sensitive discussions we have with them, and he tries to bully them into submission.

The world depends on the United States to shape history.

But, Taylor asks if  President Trump decided we are on the wrong team.   We should be in a small club of thugs instead a big club of free nations?

The cult of Trump converged on Washington, D.C. to fight the new and improved “Lost Cause.” 

Raskin reiterates strands of the messaging that brought them to:

Destroy corrupt politicians of both parties, traitorous police officers, lying media, agents of George Soros, defenders of the Clintons and the Obamas, other sinister, shadowy forces identified by conspiracy theorists in QAnon and by Trump’s authoritarian polemicists like Steve Bannon.

And this wasn’t their first Rodeo.

Footage gathered on the storming of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on April 30, 2020 showed.

Rioters and militia groups armed with AR-15s showed up in response to Trump’s call to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” with plans of disrupting legislative renewal of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 stay-at-home policy order.

Heavily armed and masked, wearing combat fatigues, and striking the poses of gangsters or terrorists, attempt to physically charge the Michigan State Capitol.

“… the Democratic Party, whatever its faults, is the party of democracy and that the Republican Party is the party of Trump — authoritarianism, corruption, and insurrection. 

No, it didn’t happen overnight.  But, the following quote does seem prescient —

“If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon’s, but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.” —Ulysses S. Grant

Evidence

However, Ulysses was no Steve, unless that’s what his middle initial stood for.  And there is no legitimate Holiday Tau for us, so we turn to swiping yours.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Everyone has faults and it would be a waste of time to address them all. What’s relevant to the current situation? What can be improved and how? You’ll put your energy into making a good thing better.” Aries

I’m struggling with this one, because on a national political level I feel the Republican enablers chose Trump over their oath to the Constitution and relied on sentiments like these to excuse him.  But then there’s Miles Taylor one of the many people in his administration that wrote a book.  And, on a personal level, I subscribe to the wisdom  captured within the TauBit.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The best way to get the attention you need will not be to ask for it directly. That would be like a comedian standing onstage and asking people to laugh. You’ll think in terms of playfulness, entertainment and enticement.” Taurus

Haha. Laugh dammit.  

“4” Steve Nash, 45: “People remember their first time in a place. The chance to show someone around is an opportunity to make a memory. So, what kind of memory do you want to make? You have the power to make a little magic happen here.” Aquarius

So out of context for this episode, but I feel the TauBit for Nash is worth remembering.  Make magical memories.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy within almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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S4 E14 — Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat

There’s something about how we are wired, how we evolved as the Homo Sapient species which renders human memory to be a “fragile instrument and that what we ‘remember’ of an event can easily be influenced by what others tell us to believe by the constant repetition of lies about it.”

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minefields just look like fields until something blows up. It’s a good day to respect hidden history, read all the signs, follow all the rules and heed all the warnings.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s 14th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 25th 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 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?; S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?; S4 E11Were Putin and Trump Dipping into the Same Piggy Bank?; S4 E10Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell? 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The “stolen” election is the new-and-improved Lost Cause myth, according to Jamie Raskin in his book,  “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.”

As a key member of Congress during both impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives — the first directly related to the Quid Pro Quo withholding of defense funds earmarked by Congress for Ukraine, and the second for the Incitement of Insurrection on January 6th in 2021 Raskin fills in many of the missing pieces in what now is widely seen as a vast conspiracy by Trump to hold onto power for a second term.

    • He describes four years of continuous norm destruction and daily shredding of the Constitution by Trump that went far beyond the threat and  danger was on the eve of the Civil War, in February 1861.
    • Abraham Lincoln’s electoral count was never violently challenged by his vehemently pro-slavery vice president of the United States, John Breckenridge.
    • Breckenridge carried “the electoral votes from the Senate over to the House and proceeded to execute his duties faithfully.”
    • Even though John Breckenridge went on to take up the cause of the Confederacy as its Secretary of War.

The Trump Years showed how he and his fervent followers in his administration and on Fox News were “willing to make war on scientific facts relating to climate change or COVID-19, and on historical memory.”

Raskin’s own colleagues in the House of Representatives began and continued “denying, obscuring, or lying about specific historical events—like the Holocaust, slavery, the 2020 presidential election or the January 6 insurrection.”

There’s something about how we are wired, how we evolved as the homo sapient species which renders human memory to be a “fragile instrument and that what we ‘remember’ of an event can easily be influenced by what others tell us to believe by the constant repetition of lies about it.”

… unrepentant champions of the Confederacy and apologists for slavery promoted what came to be called the Lost Cause myth … glorified Confederate generals and soldiers; romanticized life in the antebellum South (and) falsely claimed that the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery.”

Lost Cause myth became ideological cover for the country’s abandonment of Reconstruction and its embrace of Jim Crow apartheid, according to Raskin.

History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes or at least beats to the same rhythms  so much so that Trump’s outrageous lies about the 2020 election mirror the basic form of the Lost Cause myth.

Trump’s political purposes and propaganda connect directly to the substance of the Lost Cause myth.

One campaign strategy which continues is to speak for an aggrieved, downtrodden (and obviously white) majority of the country seek permission to believe their votes were canceled.

The ‘stolen’ election is the new-and-improved Lost Cause myth Raskin says citing one of Trumps many Tweets —

“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.”

Trump’s multimillion dollar investment in mobilizing and “valorizing a movement unified diverse white supremacist groups to work together toward common goals.”

“… went from being a band of 500 isolated extremists at the ‘United the Right’ Rally in Charlottesville in 2017 to the front lines of a mass right-wing street movement of 40–50,000 people in 2021.”

Raskin didn’t want to believe that it was possible for our democracy would ever flirt with  becoming an authoritarian society, a dictatorship, or a failed state.

Me neither. 

But will it happen? 

How close are we? 

Can we overcome what is already in place to overcome the true results of the 2022 Midterm Elections and the 2024 Presidential Election?

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You could use some faith. While a naive abandon of thought process isn’t your style, you could surrender your skepticism for a more practical reason. It’s heavy. Traveling light is faster.” Scorpio

Okay, the day is still before me, so I’ll look forward to faster, lighter traveling.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Like the snap of a puzzle piece coming together or the satisfied rush that comes with a row of green Wordle squares, you’ll often have the thrill of filling life’s blanks. Your wins will build up and you’ll get to wear them like a cape of confidence. You’ll be made a leader and you’ll use your power to make things better.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The other person’s account of the events in a relationship may differ substantially from your own. Be receptive to the other person’s point of view.” Aries

Nowadays it’s a miracle we can agree on anything, right?  But, even as we filter our experiences on a daily basis with loved ones who remember the highlights completely different than you did.  I first “discovered” the phenomenon in Law School of all places.  I sat near the back of a shell like lecture hall with the professor in black rimmed glasses and curly short black hair pacing slightly trying to make a point. 

“Did you like the movie?” he tried as an example.  Our impressions come first.  But then if you probe with “Why did you like the movie?” you may be hard pressed to remember specifics to defend your first answer.  And they may be entirely different than your date’s or spouse’s recollections, so much so that you walk away wondering if you saw the same movie.  “I don’t remember that.” 

His point was about how we as lawyer wannabes can take advantage of the discrepancies between our Experiencing Selves living in the moment free of any thing else and our Narrating Selves which will edit and tell a story worth remembering in the future.  Craig Ferguson, former late night talkshow host summed up it better when his memoir was challenged by someone he wrote about over an incident that the celebrity claimed never happened that way.  Ferguson dismissed his allegation by saying, “This is my memoir, if you don’t like it write your own.” 

Of course, this flies in the face of “Be receptive to the other person’s point of view.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “A curious, experimental mood takes hold. You won’t have to pursue it for long before you find yourself in a magical place. Perception alters the lighting scheme of the world.” Gemini

It’s not even 8am, so I’m looking forward to finding myself in a magical place.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Minefields just look like fields until something blows up. It’s a good day to respect hidden history, read all the signs, follow all the rules and heed all the warnings.” Pisces

There’s something else about not wanting to believe what we see because what we see is so outlandish it can’t add up to what we don’t want to believe is really happening.  The signs were there warning us that the long fuse had been lit, but we were too busy to notice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy within almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected President. 

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S4 E13 — Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?

Today, the shadow of that scandal lingers. How much did Trump’s toying with Ukraine, cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and, ultimately, Trump’s acquittal on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress influence Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Prescient information pops to mind. What’s the difference between intuition and imagination? You’ll get the sense of knowing something immediately without understanding how you could. That’s intuition.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thurday’s 13th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 24th 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 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E12Why Did Trump Sue Deutsche Bank?; S4 E11Were Putin and Trump Dipping into the Same Piggy Bank?; S4 E10Who’s the First Person You Wanna Tell?; 

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E13 — Why?; S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

And of course, questions swirled about Trump’s real relationship with Putin leading up to the famous holding up of funds Congress had earmarked for Ukraine in his Quid Pro Quo phone call with Ukraine’s newly elected President Zelensky.

His acquittal in the sham Senate impeachment (1.0) trial was another such reward for bad behavior.  And a clue that no guard rails could contain his lust for clinching a second term in the White House. —  David Enrich

Tracy Wilkinson and Sarah D. Wire probe the question most on my mind from witnessing the daily streaming of the Putin’s Ukraine invasion and from reading “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman and more recently, “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” by David Enrich.

Given that Trump delayed weapons to Ukraine and praised Putin, did that trigger Putin’s war? 

Wilkinson and Wire remind us that, 

Trump in 2019 threatened to withhold weapons deliveries to Ukraine — caught even then in a simmering war with Russian proxies — unless President Zelensky helped him dig up political dirt on probable 2020 election rival, Joe Biden. 

Today, the shadow of that scandal lingers. How much did Trump’s toying with Ukraine, cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and, ultimately, Trump’s acquittal on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress influence Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine?

Numerous experts and current and former officials say Putin was emboldened by the Trump years. The former KGB officer turned president ably manipulated Trump into publicly backing his denials of having interfered — to Trump’s benefit — in U.S. elections. And, according to former aides, Putin convinced Trump to accept his claim that Ukraine was part of Russia. 

By most accounts, Putin stewed in grievances for years — the expansion of NATO farther east into his sphere of influence, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and a post-Cold War world order that marginalized Russia — waiting for an opportunity to build back his vision of a grand Russian superpower empire.

Marie Yovanovitch, a former US ambassador to Ukraine said Putin saw “that we had an administration that was willing to trade our national security for personal and political gain.” 

Fiona Hill, a highly regarded Russia expert who served on Trump’s National Security Council noted at a “critical period,” when Ukraine was fighting Russia and needed weapons, Trump had his own political future in mind. It sent “a message to Putin that Ukraine is a plaything for him … and for the United States.”

During the Obama administration, Putin invaded parts of eastern Ukraine, annexing the Crimean peninsula and installing Russian proxies to fight Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region — with minimal US or international rebuke.

Still, Trump’s actions, and the lack of significant consequences he faced, represented a unique opening, a bright green light for Putin in Ukraine. 

According to Adam Schiff, 

What that told Putin, tragically, is the United States doesn’t care about Ukraine, it doesn’t care about its people, it doesn’t care about its democratic aspirations. It doesn’t care if Ukrainians get killed by Russians. I think that’s the message Trump’s conduct sent, that we would use Ukraine as a political plaything

Schiff added “that Putin anticipated if he started a broader invasion of Ukraine, he could count on Trump either to praise him or to criticize Biden.”

Trump has done both.”

Evidence

Turning away from Trump’s and Putin’s consequential relationship to today’s TauBits of Wisdom shifts my gears a little.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Prescient information pops to mind. What’s the difference between intuition and imagination? You’ll get the sense of knowing something immediately without understanding how you could. That’s intuition.” Scorpio

And, that’s me.  Elsewhere I described what happens during one of my advisory sessions.  I’ll listen to what my client or executive or MBA executive student describes about a current situation until pieces of their stories click into knowing something that’s the difference maker in their dilemma.  Sometimes it arrives as a mind-video, sometimes it takes a probing question to trigger it with their answer.  Sometimes it arrives a sentence or two at the beginning of the session.  The imagination part kicks in when together we consider scenarios and strategies to solve what’s blocked their success.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “If you’re not sure why you’re so popular lately, it could be the charmingly unpredictable element you bring to conversation. Quite the opposite of the usual interactions, your contributions are unexpected.” Sagittarius

When it’s not about helping someone else to help me to help them — I so hated that expression — and it’s just a conversation I look for the pun.  Something somebody just said in the middle of the conversation sparks a slight smile and then there it is, an unexpected twist that tickled me and causes laughter.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “A lot of people have ideas, but far fewer have the bold determination to follow through. Consider yourself among the elite. Planning is a pleasure. Get as much on paper as you can now while you’re thinking clearly  Capricorn

So Emma the Baroness threw a party for two of her closest non-sorority sister long-time friends last night. She hosted a Bachelor Party Viewing night — that either just ended or just began — as an excuse like a book club to drink wine, or in this case lemon tear drops, catch up, eat and drink and eat and talk in that Experiencing Self space all close friends occupy when they get together.

I volunteered my banishment to our upstairs master bedroom and somehow stumbled across an PBS documentary that inspired me.  I wonder if Aldwyth is still alive, because the show aired a few years ago. 

But, here’s her official story that played out and moved me — 

Aldwyth is a single-named South Carolina artist who defies categorization. She is a painter, a sculptor, a box constructionist, and an intricate collagist. Like her artwork, the trajectory of Aldwyth’s artistic life has been anything but simple. ALDWYTH: FULLY ASSEMBLED follows her remarkable creative journey, documenting her challenges and obstacles and telling the story of her inspiring “second act.” 

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12252 this week to 12344 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 234 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “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.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.

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S1 E173 — AI, EVs, MRIs, Me and Steves

Yesterday before changing the appointments for two, not just one MRI and then spending time at the Honda dealer and eventually at the RSM Toyota dealer, I had met Steve at Bagel and Brew.  

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 173 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 20th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I followed my game plan of establishing common ground — asking how long he’d lived in Mission Viejo and then sharing personal stories about me and Emma the Baroness.

How we lived in the Newport Beach neighborhoods known as Corona del Mar and Balboa Island before lucking out by “winning” three real estate lotteries from one in Irvine to two in Mission Viejo for Finisterra and Pinecrest.

He didn’t recall the name of one of original HR execs from his company (before his transfer from Texas) who contributed to the Orange County Development Round Table  (OCDRT), but said he leaned on corporate HR partners both in Houston and in California while progressing through sales. 

Now he said his son is in a corporate role of VMWare, which he had never heard of, and was experiencing the shifting sands of corporate life in sales management like he had.  

I told him about my trials and tribulations with WordPress (he hadn’t heard of it) and my 6 websites (he had someone else do his)  and self-publishing about where to live when we had considered our moves.

And about work — the results from the OCDRT collaboration project.

And, to leaving a legacy after talking about his last week’s visit to wrap up his mother’s estate, passing in her 90s.

“Yeah, we expected it, but you don’t really, right?”

It’s still a shock.  

Another HR guy from his work passed away too last week or so.

We got serious for a while describing my unexpected profound reactions to Italian history and art. 

And, he nodded in agreement with how you can’t miss the highlights if you’re vacationing in Italy — the Renaissance, Coliseum and Vatican in Florence, Venice and Rome.

I asked if he was Steven or Stephen.  Steven. 

Steven.

“What is it Dale Carnegy says, ‘A name is the most powerful … something,’” he volunteered in reaction to my segue to Thanksgiving with expectant Millennials and the absence of Steve on their list of names in consideration.

I drew blanks from him when I asked the do-you-know-many-Steves line of questioning.  

He didn’t really know where it came from or why his mother chose it. 

He remembered who the Steves were in the “Tao of Steve” film, but never saw the movie.  

His reaction conveyed how he might enjoy reading my books and signaled if I needed to follow up with him for input and stories for either “Volume Two Manuscript” or “Volume Three Manuscript” he’d enjoy it.

Returning to my office, I received phone call messages and texts about RAV 4 Hybrids from eager sales rookies.

So, I ended the afternoon getting my 4Runner ready for trade in.  

    • Simple Greened the white residue from cracked radiator on the rest of the engine. Waxed hood and roof above windshield.  
    • Washed floor mats. 
    • Used portable feature of vacuum cleaner for floors, seats and rear area.  
    • Used ArmorAll for all black trim.
    • Used Mothers as alternative to ArmorAll for four tires.

Evidence

So Zahn, is your TauBit of Wisdom for the day referring to my dearly departed and paid off, faithful “friend” of nearly 20 years and 178,000 miles or my problem of being overtaken by events? 

If it’s the 4 Runner, is it the way to better miles per gallon a functioning stereo system and an upgrade to Apple CarPlay?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You see the problem that is standing in your way but what you might not see is that this problem is the way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Don’t feel too bad Mr. Patron Saint, Steve remembered you, but not the independent movie about you — not the ones you were actually starring in — how cool all your moves were in the romantic sense. 

Since I’m no longer a leader in the world of work, I’m not ranking your TauBit as high as Zahn’s for today.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): None will question your ability to lead.  The thing is that you’re not yet sure about where, why and how you want them to go.” Aries

Smithy, my son, thank you for your Holiday Tau in tandem with Zahn’s.  I finally get the difference between EVs and hybrid vehicles and leasing options vs. buying options.  Fingers crossed.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Well, it certainly won’t be love, now will it!  And why is this your Holiday Tau instead of Winwood and Wonder’s? 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You think you know what enough love is, but you’re already loved so much more than that.  What will you get busy on, knowing that love is already covered?” Virgo

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

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

Long-Form — 

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

Progress and Procrastination — 

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

Speaking Volumes — 

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

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept

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