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set of weights

I have a friend who’s a Gamer (video games, not the other kind), and he recently asked, “How do you have time to write, go to the gym, and play video games?  Don’t you work?”

“I dunno,” I told him.  “If it’s important enough, you just find the time.”

Now that I’ve had more time to mull it over, I think a more accurate answer would be: “You make time according to how important it is to you.”

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nintendo NES

When I wrote The Vortex, I was of half a mind. The piece felt somehow incomplete–as day without night, protein without carbs, or winning without trying. Some people misunderstood, believing that I espoused a frantic, self-abnegating life. So today, I write this piece with the other half of my mind.

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a vortex

Let’s say… you’re a writer.  You’ve done a lot of reading, but you’ve never come across the book you want to write.  There’s a unique emptiness out there that needs to be filled.  You know you have the talent, the intellect, the creativity to fill this emptiness.  You also secretly fear that if you don’t fill it, eventually someone else will.  And yet, you idle.

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3 silver keys

We all need a home, a source of constancy, a place to return to in order to gather strength, clarity, and equanimity. There are 3 homes with which to concern yourself.

The first home is your Home Team. These are the people you associate with and with whom you surround yourself. They act as your support, your competition, and your inspiration. As an introvert, I know far too intimately the comfort and pleasure of keeping to oneself, slowly transforming into a Zen-level hermit, but your home team can never be neglected. If you ask, “What’s the point? Why can’t I just spend all my free time on myself?” I will say this:

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Living in Limbo

2 glasses of wine

So I was in a motor vehicle accident 2 weeks ago. A car was speeding and rear-ended me on the freeway while I was stopped in traffic, knocking me into the car in front. He then tried to flee the scene until I took out my phone and started copying down his license plate number.

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moon and starry night

Astoria, New York

We stepped out of the fluorescent-lighted restaurant and onto the lamplit sidewalk. The temperature that night was mild. I grabbed her hand as I hurried her along to the Bohemian beer garden. She had never been, so I was eager to show her. We’d have to be quick, I thought, if we wanted to make it to the dessert café before closing time.

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