Short Time (2019 in Review)

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The thread connecting all of these yearly reviews is the sudden surge of existential panic that sets in when I start to write – oh god, another year gone – and a desire to somehow claw it back, to start …

What Happened (2018, Year In Review)

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This year was a blur.

As my kids get older, it seems more and more likely that I will be thinking that every year…

“Wow. What just happened?”

Well, a lot happened, really. It was a successful year in many …


John Stezaker

Every year, I spend time dissecting the year that’s gone. And then, I spend time trying to plan or predict the year to come.

As I’ve grown older, this process has become more fraught. I am both more ambitious and …

Risk Mitigation – 2017 Year In Review

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Each year, as the weather cools and things get quiet, I take some time to look back over my goals from January and ponder how far I’ve come – or how little I’ve changed.

This also gives me a convenient …

Palm Reader – Goals For 2017

Every January, I post my goals for the upcoming year.

This is a useful exercise, even though I come back to these goals very rarely.

For one, I think of it as setting a general direction – pointing myself towards …

Stranger Anxiety – 2016 Year In Review

2016 was certainly a year of upheavals.

Looking back, I’m amazed at how fast it all seemed to go by – how much happened, and changed, and somehow, seems now to have always been the way it is now. That’s …

Iron John – Goals For 2016

(For the first part of this post, go here.)

2015 was a great year, objectively and emotionally. In many ways, I have achieved the lifestyle I dreamed of and worked so hard for – I set my own hours, …

Year In Review: 2015

Saul Steinberg's Last Self-Portrait.

So. 2015.

Ollie’s first full year of life, the year my business did it’s highest levels of growth. Black Wing came out. I stopped exercising. I ate a little better. I drank more, then less. I buried myself in work, …

An Unstable Year – Goals For 2015

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Having gone over 2014 and judged it to be good, our attention turns to 2015.

What do I want to accomplish with this year? My 35th year of life?

I’ve always liked goal-setting because it involves setting priorities. Priorities …

2014: Year in Review

I’m just realizing I didn’t actually do one of these last year – or rather, I did the “year in review” post, but not the goal-setting post. Weird.

Not for lack of goal-setting, though. I had many goals in 2014, …

Half Deaths, Half Lives


i. Half-Death

Our dog was names P-Chan, which is an unlikely name. It was the name of a character from the anime Ranma 1/2, a combination of “P” for Pig and “Chan,” a way of addressing small children in Japanese, …


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I realize this is quite a while after the fact, but after reading a few reactions to the True Detective finale which seemed to miss much of the point, I’d like to offer an alternative explanation.

Obviously, if you haven’t …