S1 E 128 — Messy, Creative Leonardo-like Procrastinations

You’ll solve the problems and move forward with what matters to you.  Though bright blasts of creativity will sometimes come out of nowhere, to be inventive on a more regular basis you need time, space and materials.  Get them, and make sure to restock when any one of those categories falls low. Today’s Holiday Birthday

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 128 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 1st day of December in winher of 2019

Evidence

I have a confession to make. Here’s what I’ve learned about myself.  I’m good at getting things going, but not good at completing them.  

I rationalize my procrastination in the way Leonardo da Vinci hardly ever completed a work of art for which he received patronage.  Instead he’d follow the genius of his curiosity across what would much later become disciplines of science and nature. 

He kept brilliant, detailed, and elaborate notes and sketches while he pursued other passions — and those notes rivaled his art and the art of his peers in the 15th century.

I work on several projects at once.  

I treat them as components which must fit together at the right time.  Each one requires a number of tasks to complete so everything works at the same time like all the gears of an old fashioned clock. 

According to Tim Harford, the author, “Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives” Brian Eno’s makes his messy work for him, because he’s got several creative projects in the works at various stages.  If or when one doesn’t pan out, he simply switches to one of his others to bring it to fruition. 

So, what’s that preamble got to do with today?  

Not much, except to say I spent most of the day working on a creative brief describing 17 steps in a phased build out — an attempt to synchronize all of my messy passion projects.  

Maybe I was slip sliding away, but my Patreon launch dominated my “working on the business.”

Goal: By 12/7 launch FOSs request via Writers Cooperative, Facebook and LinkedIn having completed the “Tau of Steves” description relying on Patreon’s help and recommendations to master the chain reaction  of Awareness – Interest – Liking – Desire – Trial – Repurchase and Regular Use. 

Make it easy for your fans to buy a piece of you, and then advocate on your behalf.

I hardly noticed that like the Soup Nazi in “Seinfield“, Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I left the shop without any Holiday Tau for us.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

But, thank you to whomever this birthday present was for.  It certainly fit what my Sunday was shaping up to be.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’ll solve the problems and move forward with what matters to you.  Though bright blasts of creativity will sometimes come out of nowhere, to be inventive on a more regular basis you need time, space and materials.  Get them, and make sure to restock when any one of those categories falls low.

Any thing else worth noting?

I guess, maybe.  I dunno.  I’m leaving Smith’s alone.  Seems dramatic, though.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: It would be an understatement to say a person is getting to know you.  It’s more like this person is discovering you as an explorer would a mysterious, unknown world.” Gemini

Howey, what’s up.  You usually have something worth stealing.  But I guess the exception proves the rule, eh?

“2”  Steve Howey, 42:It will be as though some of your dialogue today locked and loaded itself without your knowing and was just waiting to be triggered.” Cancer

So sadly I turn to two comedians and an inventor.  Really, this is the best you can do?

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Certainty is a dangerous thing in relationships.  It squeezes out the need to come to a consensus, to work together, to question and communicate a way to the truth.  The healthiest and best relationships are riddled with doubt.” Leo

My last chance lies with the two G-men.  I’m just this close to walking away with your Holiday Tau, but wouldn’t feel good about myself if I did.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’ll be amazed and touched by people’s stories, and they will help you understand your own a little better.”  Virgo

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S1 E127 — Why Does My Horoscope Suck Compared to Yours?

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

It goes something like this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 5 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 5th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment; S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enough about this passion project.  

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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

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S1 E126 — Who Wouldn’t Want to Choose Steve, Stephen or Stevie for Your Newborn Infant?

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

I woke up at 6 am with ideas pop corning in my head. Too much food and drink, too much football took its toll on me yesterday afternoon and into the night.  But, this morning refreshed after a wonderful Thanksgiving thanks to Emma the Baroness.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “While you shouldn’t lose sight of your own ideas, neither should you try to force them on anyone.  Share in the commonly accepted version of reality.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 126 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 29th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Yesterday I missed my opportunity to advocate Steve or Stephen as the best name in the world for a newborn — of course with these parents the name would have to be changed to Stevie. 

Here’s why. From my quick and dirty search on the Internet:

You are spiritually intense and can sting or charm. Your name brings love and new starts into life and attracts money. In business, you are the creator and promoter of original ideas and usually enjoy considerable financial success.

You have an eventful, exciting life. You are versatile and have the ability to learn easily. Position and social status is very important for you and you are always looking for way to improve your position in society. 

You have power and ability to chose your own destiny and achieve anything you want in life. You can expand in any direction according to your will and the set of values. 

You have passion for justice and belong to the position of authority. You have an inherent courage and endurance to accomplish “The Impossible Dream”. 

With the power comes responsibility. You hold keys to the material world, but with this gift comes high spiritual responsibility to be fair and true to others. 

You are philosophical and mature, determined and intense with a desire to endure, often religious.

So, c’mon who wouldn’t want to choose Steve, Stephen or Stevie for your newborn infant?

But, the Holiday Tau must be against us today.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  This is not meant for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness or me.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

A high level of savoir-faire requires great cleverness, which is easy for you, as there’s a universal genius at your disposal this solar year.  Notable moments center around unconscious desires becoming conscious ideas becoming reality and your legacy being built with the help of a group of like talents.

I mean I think I do, but now I’m not so sure.

“2”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Do you know the unspoken rules? It will not be a good idea to accept what’s being offered.”   Aries

If that includes more football games and turkey sandwiches I’m right there with you.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Desire and good judgment will pull in opposite directions.  Instead of sticking around for the tug of war, go where it will be easy to do the right thing.” Taurus

Thanks, Emma the Baroness, I appreciate your thank you for helping you host the best ever Thanksgiving.  And thank you for pulling off such a stylish, warm and loving time.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: The people in your life appreciate you but don’t always tell you the way you need to hear it, which today will be verbally.” Gemini

Okay, Steve.  Your Holiday Tau will have the highest impact on how successful I will be.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Be direct wherever you can.  Leave no room for ambiguity, as it will waste time and energy.” Cancer

Wait, you guys.  Isn’t the direct opposite of what Howey just offered?  Was this all about the political arguments yesterday at the backyard bar about Trump?  Just kidding. Was it, though?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “While you shouldn’t lose sight of your own ideas, neither should you try to force them on anyone.  Share in the commonly accepted version of reality.” Leo

So you’re saying there’s a good time to allow my mind to wander when someone else is talking?  I’m listening … tell me more.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Paying close attention sometimes means making sure your mind doesn’t wander, and sometimes it means making sure it does.” Sagittarius

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S1 E125 — No Names Again this Year but Pass the Gravy

How are you picking this one? They were not impressed. I struck out trying to steer the conversation. This was the year when we entertained expectant mothers and fathers sitting around our dining table.  Up for grabs three possible names. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What people will remember about this day is how you made them feel.  Aries

Happy Thanksgiving on this Thursday’s Episode 125 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

This was the year when we entertained expectant mothers and fathers sitting around our dining table.  

Up for grabs three possible names. How are you picking this one?

We have the middle name, which turns out to be the name of his mother who died after fighting chemo and surgery after surgery.

Aww, the table nodded feeling the hidden, but deeply felt wave bringing tears to everyone’s eyes.

Well, let’s get feedback dad said, adding that it was basically his turn to choose this time around. Each of us pitched in as he pointed to us one by one for our response.  

“Hmm.”  I said.  All three are interesting which everyone else took as those are the top three?

How did you come up with these?

Mom said it had to have the same number of syllables without rhyming too much with her older sister and had to flow well from the first beat, to the middle and last name.

I picked my moment and asked couple number two how they chose the name for their son.  

How it sounded?

In my family my given name, Stephen, reached back to skip a generation to my grandfather.  My mom and dad chose it as my first name taken from his middle name.  I inherited my fathers middle name as my own.  Then my first son received Stephen as his middle name.

They were not impressed. I struck out trying to steer the conversation.  

How about our Holiday Tau?

Sorry, no Tau for us.  Emma the Baroness delegated inside preparations for the holiday, so we were just too busy until the party got started at 3 pm.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Emma the Baroness and I subscribe to McQueen’s Holiday Tau!

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What people will remember about this day is how you made them feel.  Aries

Well, the whole world? I can’t sign up for that.  But maybe our extended families.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: What happens in your home between two people is important to the workings of the entire world.” Leo

Look, Steve you know I don’t need to overcomplicate things — it’s in my nature.  I’ll have to figure out the punchline to this premise before I can agree.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:You could overcomplicate things by trying to give more and differently than what is necessary.”  Cancer

So you’re calling me a snake?  Shedding one idea skin for another?  Or more like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly with a new identity? Or if I uncomplicated it, more like a pivot?  I can do that.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’ll shed one idea of who you are to adopt a new one.  You’ve already done this many times, always for the better.” Virgo

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S1 E124 — No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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S3 E4 — What a Fool Believes She Sees

Brook’s anger and frustration surfaced “as a former social scientist” when he described how unbelievable it was to him that so many do people not to believe in the science and the data and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 4 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 4th 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 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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s hard to say which is more difficult — the battering down of instinct necessary to resist the temptation your inner animal is lunging for or the consequences that go along with giving in.”   Aries

Evidence

It was great finally talking by phone with Brook, one of my longer time friends, colleague and co-conspirator.  I told him I felt I’d been returning full cycle to my psychology days to seek an explanation — “What a fool believes, she sees … Doobie Brothers”. 

We talked a little about books and how much I’m really appreciating a connection to logic and both inductive and deductive reasoning passages in Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s “Mycroft Holmes” book.  

Is that an example of one of the “good old days” yearning which Kurt Andersen says used to hold sway, but now conspiracy theories reign supreme? 

Brook said he now finds himself saying more frequently, “At least I won’t be around long enough to witness how this will ultimately play out,” like the older last generation.

Okay, I like this essay for the Holiday Tau today: 

      1. Stories are a staple of humanity.
      2. Humans organize the world through stories. Perceptions are ordered through them, and roles are defined by them.
      3. The collective and individual human identity is forged in narrative — stories told to each other and stories told by each human to his or herself. 
      4. A string of facts is not a story. A string of facts is the raw material for endless stories.
      5. What makes a story is not what’s in it, but how it’s told.
      6. If you ever want to change who you are, then change your story. Don’t make things up; rather, use what’s there and think of it in another way.
      7. The first step in changing a story is in realizing that it is one.
      8. Humans tell themselves stories all the time (often unhelpful and fear-inducing stories) without realizing that is what they are doing.
      9. The best way to test a story is to tell it to different audiences.

So, our Holiday Tau might have been influenced by Oprah’s interview with her neighbors in Montecito, California — the Royals who fled Buckingham Palace.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “No one is born with the stuff that will automatically make them popular or rich. Even those born to the monarchy must earn their status in the eyes of their court and country. You rise to the challenge of creating yourself.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is that the dynamic Brook and I discussed?  Someone who knows what they are doing incites our inner animal bypassing any critical thoughts?  Are some of us just too gullible? Do we have so much invested in our magical thinking that the mere possibility of disproof feels like the loss of a loved one or a divorce?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s hard to say which is more difficult — the battering down of instinct necessary to resist the temptation your inner animal is lunging for or the consequences that go along with giving in.” Aries

Funny, Brook told me how he devotes his morning to reading books that challenge his intelligence. Not only is Howey’s Holiday Tau for me, but it’s relevant for him as well

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Anything that pays off intellectually pays off — period. If you’re wondering if you’re going to make money, consider that may be an irrelevant question when it comes to pursuits likely to polish your mind and soul.” Cancer

Now comes the two comedians and the technology company founder.  Their Holiday Tau colored the professional leadership portion of my discussion with Brook since coaching and advising often boils down to better decision-making.  

But in our back and forth — me as psychologically trained experimental and clinical professional and he as a social scientist — we both set a date to continue our understanding about how context and culture help or hurt what’s been going on.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Context and culture play a huge part in people’s decision-making. Your work goes better when you dive deeper into understanding the values and challenges of the people you’re trying to serve.” Leo

We discussed my writing projects and Brook offered to help me bring them to completion as a cooperative “entity” which would require bridge building through trial and error to sharpen my clarity.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “To bring the vision of your mind into a form that others can see, too, you must build a bridge. It will require trial, error and excellent communication with cooperative entities.” Sagittarius

I’m down with the trees and mushrooms.  If you were to compare the slightly edited version which appeared in the print edition of the Los Angeles Times — I know, remember newspapers — you got the productivity cycle part, but not the nature lesson.  Just saying.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Don’t forget about the part in the cycle of productivity in which nothing happens. This dormancy is as crucial as sleep, which all living things do in their own way, even the trees and the mushrooms.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

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.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7280 to 7397 this week organically grown followers

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S2 E12 — Too Anxious to Meet and Eat

I’m negotiating a bargain between my conscious and unconscious self about scheduling. But, I’m a little spooked about these new self-quarantined CDC recommendations and turned down two scheduled lunches for at least two weeks. But …

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 12 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 15th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9 Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There is outside pressure to do what you’d rather not.  Your hesitation is well-founded, though your reasons are unconscious and lack form.  Still your inner guidance is trustworthy.”  Aries

Evidence

We’ve agreed that if every other day I manage my ongoing email campaign (Working on the Business) — the even days — and feed a pipeline for publishing to Patreon on the even days (Working on the Business) and actually publish on Fridays, well then I’m devoting Saturday and Sunday’s to following “What Would Leo da V Do?”

Today’s Sunday, right! What Would Leo da V Do?  Bubble up associations.  

      • Introverts must be more suited to self-quarantines because of their D4DR genes.
      • Select website posts I can repurpose for Patreon. 
      • Interconnected, ripple-effects normally going unnoticed.  
      • Why introverts excel at scenario planning when extroverts ain’t got time for that.  
      • A good time to pause and reflect about your options.  
      • Dealing with the unknown. 
      • Before and after — when this happened and who was dealt the worst hand?
      • Traveling canceling and planning, when is it save, what will you find. 
      • The way it was.  Remembering Italy before.  
      • Remembering just last month, the way it was.  
      • For Patreon, articles from my websites about comparing 2008 to 2010, as chapters from my books and updates to them. 
      • Working from home, why it’s great to be an introvert.  Now is the time to sit down with your loved ones and plan.  Introduction to the 5-book series. Begin a new bucket list.

What am I missing?  Any sparks from today’s Holiday Tau?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You dare to move forward with a good plan, but you’re just not sure the plans on the table meet your standards.  That’s OK.  It will be fun to go back to the drawing board.” Scorpio

Is it really OK?  It doesn’t feel like fun now.  Just a lot of anxiety and boring, hard work.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What’s left to steal?  Is this your birthday today?  Happy Birthday! Let’s check back in August.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You’ll achieve greatly over the next 12 months using nothing more than what you already have.  With feats of compassion and kindness, you’ll make a difference in the world while raising your own spirit.  A special relationship leads to improvement of health and routine.  You’ll make a legacy deal in August.”

Is there some sort of collision between Leo da V and our Patron Saint?  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There is outside pressure to do what you’d rather not.  Your hesitation is well-founded, though your reasons are unconscious and lack form.  Still your inner guidance is trustworthy.”  Aries

So it seems your Holiday Tau, W&W, seconds my last bullet point and suggests weighing the options.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: A move happening miles away causes a reshuffle. The whole game changes.  Stay agile and alert, ready to respond quickly to new challenges and opportunities.  Taurus

Funny your Holiday Tau should mention mentoring, as I’m beginning to receive replies from my mailing campaign to them.  

I’m a little spooked about this new self-quarantined CDC recommendations and turned down two scheduled lunches for at least two weeks. But …

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You could use help from a mentor.  You’ll be in the lucky position to choose the best one for you based on the accurate evidence presented today.  Cancer

Yes, true.  Is that why I and for that matter Emma the Baroness hold back a little, or are we just private people?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Competitive, territorial urges burble in your being.  Maybe you don’t love the way this feels, but on the bright side, it’s a sign that you have something to protect and preserve.” Leo

Your TauBit of Wisdom is how I advised those hundreds of proteges enrolled in the mentoring program I ran.  

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It’s time to add a few new heroes to your pantheon.  It will benefit you to study some who are just one or two rungs above you on the ladder you would like to climb.” Libra

You know, your Holiday Tau might be on to something.  

One of the unformed Leo sparked ideas is making me look at this potential self-quarantine period as a time to focus on logistics and implications and ripple-effects and consequences that surprised people as the Great Recession wore on.  

Will this be another one of those times?  What lessons will we be able to draw?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: This no time for philosophy.  This is a time for logistics.  Talk through details with discerning people who know the territory and can help you in a practical way.” Sagittarius

Ain’t that the truth, Harvey.  Emma the Baroness and I started out imagining who each other was, merged and grew into who we are. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Relationships start in a state of fantasy.  You imagine who the other person is and they imagine who you are.  Somewhere in the middle, you settle on a mix of experimentation and reality.  Capricorn

Haha.  If I can remember how it actually goes, I’ll tell you the joke about faking authenticity.

“5” Steve Nash, 45:One of the buzzwords you need not worry about is ‘authenticity,’ as you cannot help but be anyone other that who you are.  Showing up ‘authentically’ is basically impossible not to do.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney

Working on the Business

    • 1,372  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S1 E123 — Knowing it Wasn’t a Good Choice, But …

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

If you’re playing along, you probably know about the amount of uncertainty and anxiety I feel towards launching my Patreon page on its crowdfunding platform. The same anxiety and fear I felt struggling with WordPress in 2017 returned.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember when you were sure it would all go wrong and then somehow it went mostly right instead?  The worry is unnecessary.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 123 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 23rd day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Where are all the social media platforms?  All that I could find in Patreon’s drop down box was Facebook.  

So that domino in my indirect chain of fan building kicks off to sell Book One, ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” on my six websites. 
Haha, please be true for me on this Saturday before Thanksgiving!

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember when you were sure it would all go wrong and then somehow it went mostly right instead?  The worry is unnecessary.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Mark your calendar to check back in six months, some time in April 2020. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday (definitely not mine, but closer to Emma the Baroness’):  

“You are a lucky presence in the lives of others.  It makes you even happier to see them succeed than when it’s you turn to soak up the accolades.  This trend of interconnectedness pumps many into our experiences.  Someone invests in you in 2020.  Frugal and focused efforts will pay handsomely in April.”

On this Saturday, McQueen’s felt good — it resonates with my case of FUD and it reminds me of the time when I deliberately chose a career in training and development which required me to conquer my fear as an introvert to stand and deliver presentations, classes and workshops in front of an audience of strangers or near strangers. 

Haha, what was I thinking?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Public presenting is  primal fear.  You’ll bravely do it anyway.”  Aries

Really?  Thank you Steve.  Your TauBit addresses the second doubt about launching my new Patreon page, “Steve Howard is creating digital magazines, blogs and self-publishing a five-book series.”

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: A good story in any form can build your imagination in a way that helps you see yourself as stronger and experience your world as more manageable.” Sagittarius

Okay, I’m saving this one for five days when the fam gathers and sits around the festive table Emma the Baroness sets.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Take pictures so that one day when the spell of the weekend has long been broken you can once again conjure the magic.  Virgo

Why didn’t I stop collecting Holiday Tau with Aoki’s.  Are you trying to stoke my fears, uncertainty and doubt?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You knew it wasn’t a good choice but made it anyway.  Now you have the chance to right it.  Capricorn

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S1 E122 — Is the Next Best Thing a Friend with a Bad Memory?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The physical effort you make to feel good, healthy and relaxed will be well worth the time and money, as will any and all measures of self-care.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 122 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 22nd day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Here’s what I’ve been up to as the week slides into the weekend.  

In two days the deadline for website conversion completions has already been met (11/24/19) but there may be delays in hitting the deadline of 11/28/19 to have Book One, ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” accepted by Apple Books with a promotional “Christmas present” campaign.  

Slip siding away?

Well, this is promising, While I walk three miles around our lake, I listen for lyrics and song titles that might stimulate a memory for friends and relatives for the next possible phase of The Tau of Steves — like “Workin’ For The Weekend” by Loverboy,  “51st Anniversary” and “1983 (Merman)” by Jimi Hendricks oh, and “83” by John Mayer. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The physical effort you make to feel good, healthy and relaxed will be well worth the time and money, as will any and all measures of self-care.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

No, today is emphatically not my birthday, but I’ve sorta been collecting these pearls of inspirational outlooks.  So if I can get away with swiping this I should mark my calendar to look for huge opportunities in May, 2020!

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Life will align more specifically with your talents.  You’ve waited a long time for opportunities as good as the ones that come in the next six months.  Don’t agonize over decisions.  Do what feels right and follow through.  You’ll succeed beyond your imaginings.  Your generosity will have long-term impacts on the lives of others.

Haha.  Who knew?  Get some exercise, look for huge opportunities in May and jot down song lyrics in my notes — life couldn’t be any better.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: Though there’s an advantage in being first if you can swing it, there’s no benefit to forcing the matter.  Take notes so you can deliver something better than the early model.” Gemini

You know Steve I think I’m going to respect your Holiday Tau so much I won’t attempt to steal it away.  Enjoy.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Because there’s little any single person can do about the larger contexts of life, it’s important to exert your influence over smaller ones.”  Cancer

What a great joke!  I love the punch line.  Who else would this Holiday Tau be a perfect fit other than Carell and Martin!  Not so much for me today.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: If you don’t have a close friend you can trust with your skeletons, the next best thing is a friend with a bad memory.” Leo

I’m sure it will, but I’m not feeling it today guys.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You have devoted a great deal of life to finding purpose, understanding beauty and knowing truth.  The quest will connect you to similar thinkers.” Virgo

Coming from a coach I’d expect this — no pain no gain, right?

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:Know what motivates you and what discomfort you are willing to face to achieve it.” Libra

Usually Aoki’s Holiday Tau stands out.  At least I included it today, but I’m afraid it’s operating at a lower intensity.

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your longings are universal longings, your quests age-old, and your desire is  matched by the flame that burns in the heart of every stranger you pass.” Sagittarius

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