Why Simple Concepts Deserve More Attention Than Complex Ones

Be present. With us, not with your phone. Forget small talk. Talk about your dreams. Love yourself. Play. Engage with the art and creativity around you.  These were the instructions I received hours before attending a perfectly San Franciscan event with three friends. Hosted by The Passion Company, the event showcased projects and lectures by people who found ways other than money and status to define themselves. Though I wasn’t presenting, I was nervous to attend. I felt anticipatory insecurity about how I would measure up to other attendees who…

I used to fear that one day I’d be like my mom. Now, I look forward to that day.

Left: Mom and brother. Center: Me. Right: 1st-grade teacher and fruit of oil painting class. “I don’t care if the Earth stops spinning, you have to sit down and practice piano for one hour.” This was one of my mom’s favorite statements (and one of my least favorite ones) when I was growing up. When I asked her why, she’d respond, “Because the sky is so high and you’re going to be married in the month of July.” Though I can assure you that my mom would care if the world…

Josey Baker Has Perfected The Recipe for Happiness. Now He’s Perfecting One for Bread.

There are few organically inspirational things in this world. Products, establishments, services, these things are not inspirational. It is the story behind them — the people behind them — that move us to be better versions of ourselves. The first time I visited San Francisco’s The Mill, it was to edit an early draft of my novella. I was in between jobs at the time and committed to completing this endeavor that I started eighteen months prior. Having just received feedback from my hired and peer editors, I was feeling especially…

Your mom is a hipster

When I arrived in Mountain View twenty-five years ago, I met a young woman who I’ve intimately gotten to know ever since: She hates Starbucks. Not because she would rather support a local small business that serves fair-trade organic roasts and sheep’s milk lattes, but because she can make the world’s best filter coffee in her own kitchen. While she’s eating one meal, she’s thinking about the next. She isn’t always eating, but she believes that every meal should be properly planned to include all food groups and effectively executed…

This above all: To thine own self be true

Last week, a friend stopped by my desk during a coffee break (note how sometimes I am merely associated with a coffee break, not necessarily partaking in it). Knowing him to be an enthusiast of both creating and consuming delectable prose, I shared with him this delightful flowchart on how to publish your book. “That reminds me, there is this piece I’ve been wanting to write about something that happened to me in Boston. It was just so amazing, the experience. I can’t even quite describe it, but it was just…