Stuck In A Moment

A few times a week my wife Mona texts out a “question of the day” to all her friends.  The most recent one was, “What is your superpower?”

Most people demurred or responded with a joke.  My answer was, “I can do things even when I don’t want to.”  I’ve lived with depression my whole life, so that was an important skill to master.

Mona told me, though, that I actually have a different superpower:  I can recognize when people’s minds are stuck in a loop, and I can pull them out of it.

I hadn’t realized that about myself, but that is something I’m pretty good at.  Sometimes a slightly different perspective is all that’s needed; focus on something different, then come back refreshed.

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?”  ~Cpt. Jack Sparrow

I wish I could do it for myself.

Ted Hawkins

Songs for a Rainy Day

Songs about rain:

I didn’t include the song by Prince because I don’t like that one, or the one by The Who because I realized it was actually a homonym.


We feed the birds, and in exchange they plant us sunflowers:

Johnny Winter

Gradually Losing Interest

In this article on burnout by Emily Guendelsberger, she discusses how research scientists induce depression in rats:

It turns out you don’t need to traumatize them. The most reliable protocol is “chronic mild stress.” There are many methods of making the lives of experimental animals mildly but chronically miserable– a cage floor that administers random electric shocks; a deep swimming pool with no way to rest or climb out; a stronger “intruder” introduced into the same cage. One neuroscientist actually nicknamed his apparatus the Pit of Despair.

But they’re all variations on the same theme: remove all predictability and control from the animal’s life. Then take notes as they gradually lose interest in being alive.

You can read the full article HERE.


This is an unexpectedly fascinating article about hermits:  LINK


“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary:  put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.”  ~Linji Yixuan

“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”  ~Kurt Vonnegut

This, That, and

The “otherkin” are a unique group. They’re defined as “a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as not entirely human.”

I kind of like that idea.

I was reading an article about elephants, and how their brains are wired almost exactly like humans, and it suddenly struck me how species-centric that view is– you could just as easily say it is we who are wired like them.

So maybe we’re elephants in a human body, at least some of us.

Maybe the “otherkin” are on to something.

Things Are

“If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are.”  ~Anonymous

(This was originally credited to “Zen Proverb,” but I’m leery of such general attribution.  If this were really part of the Zen canon, I would expect a more specific source.  But whoever said it, in whatever context, I like it.)

The Sunshine and the Shadows

Full lyrics HERE.

Wobbly Cup

I do like this cup.  It’s by artist Takeshi Yasuda, and you can get it for $125 at

Coffee not included.