Monthly Archives: November 2015

Looking Down

One of the fun things about flying is getting a great view of the ground below. It’s a revelatory experience, a way of seeing the world of one’s everyday, ground-bound experience from the outside. It reveals a lot about the … Continue reading

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Sharp Sincerity

I have to admit that when this lovely specimen from the Library of Congress Flickr Stream caught my eye today, my first thought was: that woman is a testament to truly excellent tailoring. I would happily wear what she’s wearing. It … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Sunday): The View From Everywhere

The final theme for the week , the View From Above, is all about thinking of one’s place in the grand whole of things (something of which the Stoics were quite fond). I took the picture I’m using in this post … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Saturday): Oh, Dear…

Here’s the thing about adversity: even when you brace yourself for it, even when you know it’s coming and there’s no way to stop it, getting hit still hurts. It doesn’t matter how Stoic you are — pain does not … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Friday): Human, All Too Human…

Today’s theme is other people — how we relate to them, how we get along as/in a society, that sort of thing. The morning meditation from Marcus Aurelius (Meditations 2.1) neatly encapsulates, I think, both an ideal and a problem … Continue reading

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Stoic Week 2015 (Thursday): Virtue, Value, Legend

The lunchtime exercise for today focuses on a discussion of virtue(s) and value(s) in Stoic thought, including a set of questions about one’s actual values and priorities that’s meant to be the occasion for reflection. It struck me, as I read the … Continue reading

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Stoic Week (Wednesday): Mind The…Things. I Guess.

Today’s theme is “mindfulness,” but I find myself not particularly mindful this morning. I mean, not yet. It’s still early. I could improve. Maybe after some cocoa, and a little nap before lunch. And, you know, if I have some … Continue reading

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