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What is 52musings?

  52Musings is my writing experiment that explores thematic interconnectedness between the various disciplines of creativity and the closely coupled themes of mindfulness, philosophy, gratitude, technology, science, music and art. Through this process, I am learning that I am thriving in the confluence of multiple disciplines, and discovering the mind-blowing through-lines between them all. By writing, […]

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#66 – Tilting The Axis

Limitations of our own creation that are confirmed through our formal education need not live in perpetuity. The key to your next adventure can live between two separate worlds. Dividing lines are points of connection. Sometimes we miss the signal for the noise, and by slowing down a bit we can clear the antenna for clean transmission.

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#63 – One Try Away

I was chatting with my seven-year-old, Keller this morning as I watched him try to open a large jar of animal crackers. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my confusion sparked by the fact that cookies in the shape of circus animals could be downgraded on the pre-diabetic scale to crackers. Keller was struggling […]

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#61 – Calm within chaos

We can all find ourselves lost in moments between our self-imposed limitations and our actual potential. Throughout this mental tug-of-war, grit is the quality that bridges the gap between those two worlds. It stands with you to battle the voice that encourages giving up and the easy way out. Developing grit is a critical factor in your success as an athlete or with any of your endeavors outside the gym. You don’t need special equipment or trendy gym accoutrements. You can develop grit with consistent, mindful attention and an awareness of the world around you. As with many things, the answers reside in you.

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#60 – Cheeseburgers & Robots

I read about a guy that is perfecting a robot that will build the perfect cheeseburger. His goal is not merely to satisfy the most demanding connoisseur, but he hopes to match the industry standard that pumps out 100 cheeseburgers in an hour. Photo credit: Brian Fenke Meet Alex Vardakostas. The CEO of Momentum Machines […]

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#59 – Blue and Red Make Purple

Driven by the chaos of the election season, I thought I would explore the nature of the  perpetual disconnection that seems to exists between people and groups of people. Individually, we are passionate about our beliefs and causes, but our passion can emerge as a vehicle to further the divide between us. Even more, this gap can be amplified when individual energy is aggregated into collective energy that is harnessed and pointed toward the opposition. Opposition creates an illusion where the possible outcomes are one side wins or the other side wins. It is an illusion because there is a third option where the battle just continues on into infinity. The political system is a prime example of two sides winning small battles in a never-ending war. I wanted to think about this centuries-old challenge from a new perspective. I’m not asking you to agree with me. I’m asking you to consider the possibility that self-imposed limitations prevent meaningful connection and understanding.

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#58 – A Field of Resistance

The perfect cup of coffee sits on a table sparsely populated with my notebook, pencil and a closed laptop. The morning light from the sun starts to sneak through the trees landing on the edge of the table near the window. Even the birds are barely stirring with only the most animated singers beginning their […]

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