S2 E24 — Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question?  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right. “Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 24 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

Usually like Paul Simon I get all the news I need from my AccuWeather app, but today I’m drawn to the Comics page.

You won’t be able to see the big picture today and that’s perfectly fine. … growth happens one cell at a time. Focus on what’s next. Your intuition will help you this. Ask a question about what to do, and then accept the answer. The big picture is made up of several small pictures.” Holiday Mathis

I’m almost never disappointed in the wisdom traded between Frazz, a school janitor  song writer, and Caulfield, a precocious student and smart ass beyond his years.

“… When you just ask for answers, and you get your answers, then you bypass the search for patterns.  And patterns are where you find the answers, and the search is where you do the learning.” From Frazz by Jef Mallett

Other than hanging out with Comics, how should I be spending my time?  

Carefully breathing life into more than a dozen unpublished drafts about Italy in the Western Skies and Island Current queue, write the origin story of South Orange County neighborhoods which illustrates two-way migration to and from hundreds of similar lifestyle profiled neighborhoods across regions of the US for my website, Knowledge Banking, and then crank up tentative drafts of Norway.

That’s the writing and editing fun stuff.  

But I need to keep all of these documented daily habits on track to crescendo into self-publishing five books, regardless of questionable results from my scheme to draw rave reviews from Patreon fans.  

Which is another way of saying I shouldn’t hang out so much with Comics, because I need to work on the business by protecting the pipeline, and the writing process without allowing distracting, slip-sliding-away procrastinations (frequently interjected by Leo da V) “this close” to gating the flow from inspiration to publication, promotion and beyond.

Speaking of Leo da V, he turned out to be useful.  

“Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.  

Driving all the way over I was in my head, nervous and anxious about how I would do.  I almost missed the last turnoff.  The steering wheel stiffened. My keep-the-driver-in-the-middle-lane feature jarred me out my fear induced revery.  

Would I be late? Where is the building and parking lot? Did I wear the right clothes — not too casual, not too formal? Would they notice the zit in the middle of my forehead? What would they expect of me?  What if no one else showed up? 

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question.  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right.  I picked up the Crystal Geyer water bottle in a silent nod to the eager student and gestured a just-a-moment, and with a smile first, took a small swig to lubricate the dryness in my mouth, pausing for effect and after twisting the cap back on replied, “I’ve always been told that Art comes from Tupelo or Tallahassee one of those ’T’ places.” 

A polite laugh from the attendees allowed him enough time to ask his follow up question, “Haha. No I mean where does your art come from?”  

To which I replied with a twinkle in my eye, “Oh, actually from KnowWere Atoll.” And, I meant it.

Evidence

One of the fun things about quality control and efficiency and laziness emerges from my process of finding the Holiday Tau online after checking each contender, on the section next to the Comics page,  so I can cut and paste.  I’m usually in a hurry which is my excuse for not noticing these gems until today:

Holiday Forecast for the week ahead:  

… brings us into full awareness that we don’t know everything we want to or need to know to move forward. Many will be enticed to sign up for formal coaching or classes. Those who love a good plan will ready themselves, believing that a difficulty you expect is much easier to handle and master than one you don’t. But if the luxury of formal education isn’t within your reach, don’t worry. Learning on your feet might be frustrating but it makes you stronger than any other kind of learning. Life isn’t a controlled environment in which the tests and lessons have been laid out logically, leading to the mastery of one skill set. Life is more of a jungle free-for-all where the rules, if there are any, keep changing. The prizes change, too.

This one, unlike the forecast is legitimately for Emma the Baroness and me.  About love.  We’re all about love even after all these years.  As a lover and a husband, what would happen if  I didn’t rank Zahnny with a power “5”? You (I) don’t want to find out.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Loving is easier than communicating love, which can be tricky, laden in expectation and the pressure to get things right. For today, stop trying to communicate and just focus on loving.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So you’re saying if I really buckle down and actually spend the time like I should, instead of listening to Leo da V, July and September will be golden — if only this was my birthday, which it is NOT!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

 … and you’ll hang your star on ideas you hadn’t thought possible. Make vision boards, to-do lists, bucket lists and the like. Motivation and plan will come together with a satisfying click. You’ll have money to invest in July. September brings a sweet happening in your personal life.

You know, like mom I always liked you best — all of you, but equally.  Two comedians and an inventor.  Just creative enough and inventive enough to recognize a kindred spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Yup.  Not only tribes I belong to, but improving the moving among tribes and the talent cultures the form in different organization and at each unique stage of growth.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You improve the world by doing as much as you can in the tribes you belong to. If you feel limited by the group, then you’ll join another. Your capacity for friendship and service is bigger than most.” Sagittarius

Following Leo da V’s musings is more fun, but what I’m getting from your Holiday Tau today, Steve, is track where he nudges me to spend my time, and slowly but surely reinforce myself for time in service of closing the gap accomplishing both doing the work and working on the business.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When you follow your own leadership, reward, encourage and treat yourself. The more you reinforce a preferred behavior, the more likely you are to exhibit it.” Aries

Is this some kind of intervention?  Or are you two musicians in cahoots with our Patron Saint, McQueen?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll ask yourself, ‘Is this who I want to be?’ and then make little adjustments from there to either reinforce your choice or turn it in a new direction.  Taurus

What about you Smithy?  Are you ganging up on me, too?  Wait, your Holiday Tau says I don’t have to panic like everyone else did making a run on Costco toilet paper?  

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sky is not falling. It makes some people feel better to join in a panic, and there’s always one going on somewhere. You can choose to participate in it or not. Do what’s right for 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

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

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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

S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  But it’s Shaggy’s birthday.  Emma the Baroness and I dutifully await the appropriate time to text fantastic birthday wishes on an early sleep-in morning-after Sunday. 

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

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 15 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 21st day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E14How!; S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, I still have a lot of publishing to do. I’d be dishonest if I told you I mastered my new intention of publishing daily, especially after breaking up what I considered my source document.  

It’s gotten so bad, that not only haven’t I published what my Patreon readers have grown to expect, those medium-length curations, but even the quick hit 5 stories or less.  

In Know Laboratories:

      • “Research and Development”
      • “Artificial Intelligence”
      • “Innovation”
      • “Disruptions”
      • “Remote Work”
      • “Trends”
      • “Hacking”
      • “Brain” again
      • “Planet” again

In Best West Road Trips:

      • “South Coast Region” 
      • “Central Coast Region”
      • “Peninsula Region”
      • “San Francisco Region”
      • “North Bay Region”
      • “North Coast Region”

But, the number one question on my mind is if the ex will be able to serve out his time in Moscow del Lago or not, as Putin wants to debate Biden and Fox News bets on Putin.

Wait, did I say that out loud?

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank you Steve.  Your Holiday Tau describes a core approach I’ve taken over the years.  Share what works as you create new knowledge and innovation so you can anticipate what’s next and make better choices.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While there’s nothing you can do to ensure tomorrow goes to plan, keeping track of what did and didn’t work in the past gives you greater control over the impactful elements.” Pisces

Wildcards.  Thanks Smith and Nicks for your TauBit of Wisdom.  If wildcards continually surprise you and stop you in your tracks, then try Jobs’ prescription for anticipation.

“5” Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It does sound simple: Know what makes success and follow that plan. And yet, there are wild cards to navigate. For instance, the tools, resources and abilities are not yet at your disposal. Go forward in faith. They will be.” Gemini

Normally, I’d agree with McQueen’s Holiday Tau — diversity of opinions keeps Paradoxy-Moron organizations inventing and building their capacity for cutting edge innovations.  But, at the macro-political level, not so much.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Just because nobody objects to an idea doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Controversy gives things heat, which makes things happen. You’ll thrive on the energy of diverse opinions and opposing points of view.”  Aries

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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 E23 — Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal

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

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

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

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

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

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

But, then …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerk.

But, then …

Evidence

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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

S3 E14 — How!

The excitement of March Madness kicks off today.  Or should have. I wonder if Emma the Baroness’ “little” brother will miss attending the pandemic-restricted event with his longtime friends — not that he really likes basketball all that much, certainly not as much as teaching kids how to ski at Copper Mountain.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 14 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 20th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

I bang away on my black keyboard keys while sitting on my black diamond-shaped patterned futon with green and brown and reddish streaks under the black diamonds.  

My black office chair blocks a certain view of the mess across from me — including yellow towels, folders and tax receipts.  But, here’s really what you might miss in the desk disarray. 

An old, small, brown slim book with barely held together in its original binding.  Ironically it sits just to the left of “Killers of the Flower Moon” second from the end of a book end held in place with a gray pewter college mug.  

Could it have been what launched a lifelong obsession and fascination with Native Americans?  

One with a through line that includes a book about Crazy Horse, maybe by Shannon Garst,  read during my bout with childhood chickenpox or measles in Warren Township, New Jersey, fed onward with “White Eagle, Indian Chief” comic books about the plains Indians, and my 9 and 10 years-olds adventures with Billy into the woods bordered by Dock Watch Hollow Road.

Like mixed metaphors we pretended to be Crazy Horse of the plains roaming Sioux, yet searched for the any signs of the Leni Lenape (Delaware People of the Northeastern Woodlands) along forest trails.

Later as an adult, at midlife, I rekindled my spirit by reading “Bury Me at Wounded Knee” allowing me later to emphasize how Native Americans were tricked and treated as the white- justified “Manifest Destiny” historic theme unfolded in the first ever blog I wrote,  The Journal of 2020 Foresight”.

Could it?  

I mean this fragile, mysterious little book, “Wanamaker Primer on the North American Indian: Hiawatha Produced in Life — Wanamaker — Originator  brought it all back.

If you turn to the inside cover you find only a symbol of Wanamaker – Originator with a 1909 Copyright.  

And you’ve got a 112 year old mystery on your hands. Hiawatha and Wanamaker?  How did it make its way to my messy desk top?

And, yet even more remarkable, President Biden, appointed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. 

“Haaland was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo.The Pueblo people have lived on the land that is now the state of New Mexico since the 1200s and Haaland identifies herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican.” 

Take that, Manifest Destiny!

Evidence

Haha, so convenient.  Zahn’s back and his (our) Holiday Tau couldn’t be any more apropos, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if you were still alive, Steve you might have felt the longing that we pandemic-bound whiners cry about.  Will we remember to stop and smell the roses shown on the other side of a zoom screen?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Even as you long for things to be different, recognize the preciousness of this time. Long stretches of sameness are a necessary backdrop to change. The movement and the stillness are equally lovely.” Aries

Thanks WW&C.  Your Holiday Tau reminds me of a scene I witnessed in high school.  My best friend had his back to the hallway while he switched out text books between classes when from behind he got shoved near his neck — which had been broken not quite a year earlier.  He felt the rage and pivoted around in a whirl, but encountered one of our friends instead of the school bully.  

In microseconds his rage vanished into laughter.  Funny how one detail changes everything in the moment. Today, however I am woefully behind by at least 26 article drafts waiting for final editing before being published.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re focused on what you get to do instead of what you have to do. Of course, they are the same action items, but that one-word change makes all the difference.” Taurus

I like this sentiment, Ms Nicks since I figure you’ve written so many songs and performed so may times loosely documenting your love interests and relationships that the TauBit of Wisdom means a little more to me and Emma the Baroness.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “In relationships, what succeeds or fails isn’t in the actual real-world exchanges but in the participant’s heads. You’ll increase the impact of your actions by focusing beyond them and into the mind of your counterpart.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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

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S3 E13 — Why?

Have you ever pushed the wrong button on your remote or tapped on a link by accident and found something very interesting?  No, me neither.   

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 13 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 19th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

But, I’m so far behind in my publishing pipeline that my conscious mind detached from my finger and clicked on the bio of the source of the Holiday Tau — Holiday Mathis.

So?  I’m pretty sure this portion of her bio is what attracted me enough to engage in my 1-Year Experiment that wrapped up just as the pandemic forced a lot of us into remote work. 

And, here it is where the beginning to the end of life as we’ve known it may be a few more vaccine shots — Fauci Ouchies — away.

Here’s the portion I enjoyed.  

Life can seem at times to be chaotic and random. Humans are notoriously uncomfortable with randomness. Our brains have evolved to filter out most of it, so what gets through are the threats, the changes, and a small amount of “other” from which we are compelled to try make order, to look for a pattern, to come up with a theory, to construct a narrative, to dig into a belief about… is trying, like we all are, to find the pattern.

Evidence

So why is there no Holiday Tau for us — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Especially since Emma the Baroness returned yesterday afternoon from four days at Mammoth Mountain for the family ski trip.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks the Stevie — maybe from her years of singing love songs — here’s the missing Holiday Tau I expected.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The work of love isn’t a doing/acting/fixing job today. The work of love is a listening gig, an ‘entering in the spirit of another’ practice, a task that encompasses receiving and relaxing.” Gemini

And, maybe more profound, but on the same wavelength marries our hearts with our spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The silence between two people is as unique as the sound of their shared language. As you listen to a quiet punctuated by words, you’ll hear clearly the heart’s intention.” Sagittarius

The older we get, and as I advised Executive MBA students and cautioned executive new hires to reframe from was blurting out how we handled that at (my former company) you have to guard against, because it gets old quickly.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:What you’re hearing will mentally trigger a story about the time it happened to you, but you won’t tell that story. Instead, you’ll give your support generously without flipping focus your way.” Cancer

Maybe because I’m addicted to Michael Connelly’s Bosch series and more than I expected to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Microft Holmes series, I want to dig deeper.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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S2 E21 — Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance? It won’t be the last time, because it happens more frequently.  

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 Thursday’s Episode 21 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 2nd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

Overtaken by events once more, I’m urgently summarizing the last four critical chapters from my second book in The Knowledge Path series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses:  Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”.

Is it time for elevating these lessons to a higher priority for publishing on Patreon?

Disruption  (Surviving)

“Those of us who have been in transition (between jobs) can tell you that when you are blind-sided it’s not fun.” 

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.

Steps (6) Anticipate changing circumstances and economic cycles.

Anticipation (Thriving, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF))

“Give yourself and your loved ones more choices and options.”

Why anticipation acts like an advanced warning device: gain more control and thrive.

Step (19) Anticipate the growing shifts in life and business. Nobody wants to swim upstream if the current is moving everything in the opposite direction. Clue your fans in.

Translation  (Fans)

“What isn’t smart is to build the core of your business around something that can change in a heartbeat.”

How to take complex change and translate it into concrete action that lets other people survive the tsunami, you become one of the most valuable people society has to offer. 

Step (18) If your lesser fans have lost their way and you can offer solutions to thrive in bad and good times, then you have a solid opportunity to convert them into true fans for life.

Resilience  (Time Frames: 2003 to 2008; 2009 to 2014; 2015 to 2020)

“You see your peers not able to adapt, not able to grasp reality, and it’s really the death of a thousand cuts.”

What happens when you exceed your “absorption threshold” especially for longer periods of time – dysfunction, fatigue, emotional burnout, inefficiency, even sickness or drug abuse.

Step (17) Sketch out your trajectory in 5-year time frames.  Will we fall into another recession?  Absolutely.  Will you be ready this time with future-proofed strategies? 

Step (7) Persist and pivot to navigate external threats and opportunities.

Does history repeat itself?  

Was it really Mark Twain who said something along the lines that if it doesn’t it rhymes.  

The lessons from thriving during the Great Recession may require tweaking, but the rhythm and chorus feels about right.

Evidence

Let’s check in with our Holiday for today, shall we?

Unless or until this period in our lives becomes more dire, I’d say our legitimate TauBit of Wisdom rings true, just not that high on my list.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The best reason to improve?  For you, it’s to fulfill an idea you have about who you might be.” Scorpio 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I realize this is only the second Holiday Tau for 9 sets of Steves, but without considering the rest your’s hits home.  My research into Inner-Directed MBTI temperaments as a way of identifying their best fits in organization type and growth stage must be what you’re talking about.  I have to weigh this set of COVID-19 concerns to determine if the potential pandemic threat is a distraction or a new focus. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can’t afford to be pulled out of the flow of what you’re doing.  Sure, you can jump back in, but every distraction cost you something.”   Aries

So W&W I hear the tune you’re playing, but today’s not the day for me to sing along.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: There have been plenty of days when you didn’t want to do something, and you did it anyway because you’re a person who honors your commitments.  Today, you’ll be rewarded.”  Taurus

Okay.  Are you saying feelings of panic or the denial of procrastination or just plain distraction can work for me?  I’m not quite there yet, Smithy but if it comes to that, I’ll remember your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Stay fixed on your aim, and let whatever feelings show up organize themselves to help you.” Gemini

Howey, is your Holiday Tau about writer’s block?  Or, is this a complementary TauBit of Wisdom to share with Smithy?  Either way, I’m not feeling the need.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:There are plenty of reasons why you can’t do the thing, and writing them down is the first step in your plan.”  Cancer

Here’s how I’m interpreting your Holiday Tau guys, tell me if I’m wrong.  This loops back all the way to McQueen’s TauBit of Wisdom, right?  So, I need to reach out to my network of mentors, proteges and longtime associates and friends to check in on how they are coping?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your reputation is excellent, and you’ll like the feedback you get when you test that.” Leo

Firm believer here, Coach Kerr.  Your Holiday Tau might as well be preaching to the choir. Especially we introverts love to reflect and meditate, and if this COVID phenomenon is just a scare, I’ll be able to return to offering options when changing careers.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Can anyone tell you what to do with your life? Sure, and lots of people will be happy too. But moments of reflection and meditation will give you better intel.” Libra

Sometimes I mix you and Kerr up although you played a different style of basketball in the NBA.  You should become a coach.  Anyway, spaces.  Almost like that famous Wayne Gretzky quote about shooting the puck to where the scorer will be, not where he is now.  Your soccer probably contributed to how great you were at reading spaces and passing lanes in motion.  Am I right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:The space between things will convey more meaning than things themselves.  You’ll get good at reading spaces.” Aquarius

OMG.  Your Holiday Tau completely took a sharp turn from where I felt your were going.  I love where you left it — an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention — so you!

“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

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 1525. 

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S4 E4 — Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Usually it began with, if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 4th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 6th 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 uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection SeasonS4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from 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 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 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

Context

This morning another reminder that time flies more rapidly than you notice. Jazzy stopped by to pick up a check for settling wedding budget accounts that he and Delta Girl would hand deliver to Surf Doc and Jasmine.  

I toasted Jazzy and Delta Girl during the rehearsal lunch at The Privateer in Oceanside 30 days ago.  I don’t have to remind you about the wear and tear we suffered over the Pandemic Year and just when we felt certain COVID was past us another variant spread like the California wildfires in the Los Padre National Forest.  

Their destination wedding gave pause to and cancellations from grandparents who baby sat their little darlings and couldn’t risk infecting them with the Omicron strain. 

However comma the window of opportunity opened on that magical weekend — 70s temperature, no Santa Ana high velocity winds or rain nor any shutdown CDC recommendations.

Standing in the far corner from the door and opposite the long bar I told a more recent story about Jazzy who 365 days ago, on February 5th, 2021, schemed just how things would play out according to his plan:

Jazzy had been rehearsing in his head how he was going to trick Delta Girl into trudging through deep snow at Hot Springs the next day on their way up to Mammoth for a long weekend. 

If you’ve ever driven to Mammoth and gotten stuck behind semis and long lines of cars, then you might have not have noticed the dirt road exit from Highway 395

It’s usually when you’re speeding past it at 70 or 80 mph under normal conditions on the last leg of a 5 hour drive

So there was that, he’d have to come up with a reason …

As they both packed for their trip, he had to be asking himself, 

Does she already know?  

What am I going to tell her? 

 I better not forget the ring.  

She’ll say Yes won’t she?  

What if she doesn’t?

Or if I drop the ring in the snow?

It worked, she fell for it, she said yes and then “I do” a year later — according to her plan.

Oh, and Delta Girl is a great planner.  

Who would have known that their wedding day would take place 365 days from the day of their engagement and more importantly —between the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl — so no conflicts there.   

But now we find ourselves here, only 30 days later.  The pandemic fear window had closed as their magical wedding opened our feelings of joy and then … Putin’s invasion tosses our feelings of normalcy back up into the air for probable landing on hard ground.

Evidence

Any TauBits of Wisdom we can count on Steves?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Well, there’s Jazzy and Delta Girl’s magical moments in the late afternoon on a lush green lawn exchanging their vows before their honeymoon along California’s Central Coast in Big Sur and Santa Barbara.  And there’s this new beginning of Season Four while at the same time looking back at the past three years through so many disruptions that who can tell what’s normal anymore?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Charming and spontaneous, you’ll prove your mastery of the art of living in the moment. Your improvisations will make memories and sometimes money. Summer sees you serious about a goal and dropping the distractions that compete for your focus. You’ll step up as your own boss, call shots and claim rewards.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Solving new problems often takes a while as you fumble around to figure out what’s going to work. It’s not so today; you’ll get lucky early on with a good and graceful option.” Libra

Yours is a perfect description for what it was like over the first 4 episodes in Season 1 for getting the natural experiment off the ground headed for some sort of a destination.  I always like getting lucky …

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Ever since you went looking for your happiness and didn’t find it, you’ve been wondering if someone moved it, stole it, scared it off… or what? It’s waiting inside a job you can take on to help someone.” Sagittarius

Your Holiday Tau as far as TauBits of Wisdom go just isn’t relevant for me today.  I discovered happiness can’t be pursued as being out there, so I didn’t wonder if someone swiped it — like what is happening to your astrology signs today.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’re sly as a spy. You’re paying attention to more than you appear to be. Sights in your periphery will inform. You’ll learn something crucial as you pretend not to notice it at all.” Aquarius 

I’m well into my Will Robey novel character who as it turns out is a white hat assassin working for one of those three-letter secret agencies.  And this is exactly what he’s doing right now in the chapter I’m now going to finish after I finish this.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you knew it was impossible for you to lose anything that was essentially yours, how would you play it? Would you relax? Would you gain tremendous confidence? Would you take a risk?” Pisces

Over the length of one of my careers, I almost always asked a version of your Holiday Tau, Steve.  Usually it began with if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

Is it?  

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

The need to feel powerful is universal  … (Two) different paths to power. One involves taking on more, while the other involves cutting down. Whether you decide to grow and reach or simplify and shrink your environment to a more manageable size is a matter of individual choice.

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. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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S2 E20 — Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

In hushed tones, he says the market for his business is booming with marijuana growers.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed. Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream. 

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 20 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 29th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates spread out from Florida, north to Michigan and Chicago and from the Midwest in Indiana. 

AJ and D-hops, a Florida Gen-X couple with no children just started renting a place while their home is remodeled. 

He works at an aerospace conglomerate that Emma the Baroness’ father did, and sometimes flies to San Diego to cross the border to their facility, now on his 10th year. He qualifies as an essential employee, seemingly unaffected by the Coronavirus-19 rippling effect.  She works remotely and is discovering what their dog does all day when both had been working at their normal jobs.  

 T. Stephen and Art Mom, living in southern Indiana on the Ohio River. 

Both twice divorced and now re-married Gen-X and Gen -Y couple,  one 50-years-old and a sometime chef, but are idled at home as the auto industry supplier furloughed workers until there’s a reset.  Art Mom, the mother of three daughters requires chronic care for cancerous stomach and kidney health issues is possibly facing yet another surgery and passing kidney stones like it was nothing. They’re making over their back yard to plant vegetables, kind of like a World War II victory garden, for meals and food security.  A pet rabbit keeps their dog company in their house. 

Art Sis, 65 plus Baby Boomer lives by herself in small town outside Ann Arbor, 

She asks if the Chicago adult children endured a major storm bearing down on rural Michigan as fog set in.  She shut down her coop art retail shop on them downtown corner of small town which offered items designed and made by local artists.  Earlier she was on a video conference call with fellow realtors making plans for down real estate market.

Ty and Cam, urban Chicago Millennial parents expect their second chid in May.  

They’re both working from home and giving the spotlight over to their daughter on Zoom, whom everyone else encouraged to sing and dance which she did reluctantly for the first part of the call, but enjoyed performing after the initial shyness wore off.  

Ty’s sister, Cheerio, also a Millennial parent is holed up at home as a family with three kids outside a major university in Ohio.  

Petie’s, her husband works remotely as an IT/HR professional for a major commercial and retail supplier of fertilizer. He says the growing market for their business is  booming with marijuana growers — he said in hushed tones.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed.  Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream.

What kind of omen is it that none of the Steves’ Holiday Tau measured up to at least a “3”, let alone “5” on this final day?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Not my birthday, but I had to add something.  Is this adjusted for the growing pandemic?  You be the judge.  Let’s just hope so. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

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 1461 to 1,481.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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S4 E3 — Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars. “Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 3rd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 5th 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 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season; S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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 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 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Evidence

In the first episode of Season 4 I rediscovered a section about money laundering written by Ben Lewis in his “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting”. 

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s, Dmitry Rybolovlev,  assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” that he knew the president had clear and straightforward talking points: 

“Because I’d written them. Congratulate Zelensky on his victory, show support for Ukraine’s reform anticorruption agenda, and urge caution regarding the Russians. Trump began speaking, and I knew right away that everything was going wrong.”

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.

“Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

In the infamous “Quid pro quo” phone call, Vindman documented the conversation.

“The president didn’t miss a beat: ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though,’ he said. I paused in my note taking. What was this?”

To counter the evidence about Russian email hacking assistance, the president  worked into their conversation the conspiracy theory that Rudy Giuliani had recently been promoting publicly.

Not only didn’t the president stick to the call script Vendman has prepared,  but he substituted his own fabrications.

“Ukrainian actors were supposedly behind the DNC server hack. To that end, he asked Zelensky to cooperate with the U.S. attorney general, William Barr.”

The president’s administration actively blamed actors in Ukraine for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, commonly named “The Witch Hunt” in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And, then the president drove off the road at high speed careening up and over a guard rail.

“‘The other thing,’ the president continued, ‘there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son.’”

Unlike our former president, Zelensky transformed from a rookie, having been a former comedian, to an authentic leader. 

Many of our Ukraine ambassadors and diplomats called before congress during the hearings leading up to the impeachment 1.0, now years later, admit to wondering how Zelensky would meet the crisis unfolding in front of him and daily streamed to our screens. 

“Rocky-like” and against all odds he masterfully inspires his citizens to resist the brutal attacks and has managed to turn the narrative (Putin propaganda) to Ukraine’s advantage.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Struggle and frustration seem like common states that are part and parcel of being alive, when in fact they are entirely optional. These states are caused by resisting change or attempting to control the uncontrollable… What do you really have control over? Where will your effort make a difference?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “For reasons unapparent, someone keeps popping into your mind. This is your intuition connecting on invisible wavelengths. Follow through. In retrospect, this will all make sense.” Aries

Okay, I look forward to it.  My first guess is Jazzy.  But, I think I know why. 

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “As much as you’d like to catch up on people’s lives, you feel pulled to catch up on something internal first. Unplug and get back to being the sort of human that existed for thousands of years before pocket information streams.” Taurus

Really, I should go all Neanderthal?  But, wasn’t it very cold then?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The heroes of yesteryear paved a trail for you. Maybe they weren’t thinking of you when they did it. They were looking out for their own well-being. When you do the same, you never know who you’ll end up helping.” Leo

I’m getting older and even reconsidering donating my DNA to pinpoint more clearly who is and who isn’t a yesteryear trailblazer in my family’s ancestory.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “There’s a decision to make. The risk is minimal, and the upside is obvious, yet this is not an easy “yes.” There are other unseen complexities at work here. Trust your intuition.” Virgo

I would, but which decision did you have in mind?  Adding expenses into a Schedule C since we owe way too much on our taxes?  Lot’s of taxing complexities at work, for sure.  

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Exercise helps with moods, stress, sleep, energy, circulation and just about anything that could ail you now. When you think about the many benefits, you’ll wonder how you don’t make this a more sacred part of your life.” Libra

Especially now that it’s been about 6 weeks since my last physical therapy session for building back my artificial knee better.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Sorting, organizing and planning are in order. The tough part is deciding what stays and what goes. To say yes to your desire is to say no to something else. You’re ready.” Sagittarius

Why is it I can always find it easy to sort and organize what Emma the Baroness finds difficult, especially deciding what goes and what remains?  As she can for me?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Well, the opportunity to pivot presents itself here in Season 4.  I guess the one question I must ask myself is if this path still has a heart for me.  Stay tuned.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “There’s a wall of privacy and an aura of mystery surrounding you. Some struggle with knowing what information should be kept private, but you understand the appropriateness of sharing information.  Aquarius

Both Emma the Baroness and I value privacy.  For most of my careers I advised clients in confidential settings and relationships.  So are you saying bottling messages and setting them adrift from KnowWhere Atoll is too opaque?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 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. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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