I used to write poetry

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Last night I saw a shooting star so bright and big it scared me.
I need to get out.
This is no longer my tribe.
Play your classical music louder, LOUDER.
I’m avoiding your text.
TEXT
TEXT
Instant Messaging are you ruining my communication?

I don’t blame you. You who were clear from the beginning.
Unavailable.
Your friends vs my friends
Can we still be friends
after all this
history?

Give it time and they’ll adjust the textbooks.
Or the kids won’t care.
You have to want to care.
It takes energy to care.

You don’t feel like it?
Perfect, do it anyways.

I used to write poetry.

EOW

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HAPPY SEPTEMBER my long lost blog. Let’s fill you in on some new projects like EOW which stands for ‘Every Other Week’. EOW is a song challenge with friend Nick Riedell to encourage each other to write, record, and share more of our music. Here are two tracks I’ve posted so far. Happy listening and again … happy September!

When I see your face will I recognize your voice?
Will I know when you call my name?
Will it sound the same?
Darling, don’t fear.
My darling, don’t fear.
Oh darling, don’t fear.
My darling, don’t fear.
 

 

 

Remembering to share. At a friends request…

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Remember when I used to post on this blog? Oh, yes. Thanks to a certain friend who reminded me last weekend that in fact some do check this site. What better way to start back up the relationship then to share  photos. Shot on 35mm film with a lomography Fisheye and a Polaroid disposable. Special thanks to Walgreens for being the last remaining developer of film in my hometown! Here I’ll make room on the couch, just poured us some lemonade

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Melt me. Red Hook Criterium videos

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Red Hook Crit was started by David Trimble who wanted to celebrate his birthday by throwing a bike race. Such a great idea. Be prepared in seeing a lot more cycling related post from me. I recently got my first road bike and I’m hooked, clipped, and loving it! I’m also constantly learning … like what is a criterium? According to Wiki, it’s a short course (usually less than 1 mile) race often run on closed-off city center streets with the race length determined by a number of laps or total time. Sweet. Here are some videos I’m crushing on from the 2013 Red Hook Crits … like I said, melt me!

Race day as seen by 8bar Bikes in Milan

Red Hook Criterium recap in Milan.

Sitting in the saddle of Chris Pino during the Brooklyn Navy Yard race. Bummer dude gets a flat, but the experience is worth the watch.

Listening to Sherry Turkle

It all started with this article from the weblog Mockingbird. I was fascinated by the shared Colbert Report video featuring Sherry Turkle, an M.I.T. professor and author of Alone Together. Watching that video led me to her TED talk…

So interesting! Below are just a couple of notes and small snippets from the TED talk that I want to remember…
Sherry Turkle describes three gratifying fantasies in which our devices in our pockets are changing our minds and hearts. They are …

  1. that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be.
  2. that we will always be heard.
  3. that we will never have to be alone. (this being central to changing our psyches)

She goes on to say … “Being alone feels like a problem that needs to be solved. And so people try to solve it by connecting. But here, connection is more like a symptom than a cure. It expresses, but it doesn’t solve, an underlying problem. But more than a symptom, constant connection is changing the way people think of themselves. It’s shaping a new way of being.”

All I know is that this ‘new way of being’ is making me feel more alone. So with great hope (and open ears) I leave you with three steps from Sherry Turkle …

3 Steps on how to develop a more self-aware relationship with our devices, with each other and with ourselves …

  1. Make room for solitude (see it as a good thing, not a problem)
  2. Create sacred spaces for conversation.
  3. Listen to each other (including the boring bits).

Alright, off to the library. I apparently have a date night with this book!

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