Cheetah

I’m fascinated by how quickly some folks adapt to shifting circumstances and how others fail. There’s nothing like a planet-wide quarantine to wreak havoc on entire segments of the economy and society. Meanwhile, others are directly gaining from the turbulence as new opportunities present themselves. Back in October I had an old friend over for … Continue reading Cheetah

The Other Pitchforks

Some years ago I helped a friend plant a cherry tree in her back garden and we had a conversation about it. She specifically selected a tree that was bred to produce beautiful spring blossoms and gorgeous autumn foliage, but no actual cherries. She didn’t want cherries falling off the tree and staining the pavement. … Continue reading The Other Pitchforks

灾害

I’m going to drag out an old linguistic trope. The Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters meaning “danger” and “opportunity.” In reality it’s a false translation by westerners, but the larger point being made is still valid. New opportunities do, in fact, arise during periods of chaos. The trick is to be … Continue reading 灾害

Recipes For Disaster

Here’s what I made for dinner tonight. I’d like to reverse engineer where this meal came from in light of our current collective situation courtesy of Covid-19. So far the supermarket shelves are still mostly full, give or take some irrational panic buying of select items. I practice various forms of household preparedness. You could … Continue reading Recipes For Disaster

Belle Reve

This is an old neighborhood in Denver. (“Old” by American standards goes back to about the 1890s in Colorado. It ain’t Rome.) But when I daydream about places I love these are the kinds of neighborhoods and buildings that come to mind. These are modest yet sturdy buildings that were constructed incrementally over time by … Continue reading Belle Reve

Little Picture

From my perspective the Big Picture stretching out into the future is one of recurring overlapping structural challenges of all kinds. As an individual I have zero control over any of it. But I have a compelling interest in finding effective ways of navigating through whatever may come. I’m sometimes described as a doomer, but … Continue reading Little Picture

The Mangiapocalypse

Mangia: the Italian verb “to eat.” Apocalypse: the complete final destruction of the world. Push them together and you get the Mangiapocalypse. This portmanteau was suggested by a friend who was describing the philosophy of preparing for disaster in a way that’s abundant, fun, productive, and oriented toward a better overall quality of everyday life. … Continue reading The Mangiapocalypse