Monthly Archives: December 2011

OCD USA

I love my country. And my country loves change. Willy nilly, good, bad or indifferent, change is so much in our character, it’s like an obsessive-compulsive-disorder. With great pride, I’ve heard many Americans proclaim themselves to be a “change agent” — as if that were the greatest good.

I’m writing this post in our home that faces directly onto the Atlantic ocean. We call it The Beacon. For 100 years, it has stood here on the coastline, pummeled by winds, sands and salt water. The floors, walls, and ceilings are built of sturdy wood. To modern eyes, it may look dark inside. But to my eyes, it looks built for the long-haul, regardless of which whims of change may be blowing.

As we work hard to maintain this home against age and the ravages of nature, where the most elemental forces are ever-present, there is something to be said for being a “continuity agent.”

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One Button World

“Less but better,” said Dieter Rams, industrial designer for Braun.

As I write this post on my iPad, I completely agree, realizing his passion for the highest form of simplicity has reached its zenith in this gem I hold in my hands.

Shortest Day

Believe me, I know short. Born that way.

Today is the winter solstice, with the least time for daylight in the northern hemisphere.

So each minute that the sun shines on my face now feels all the more priceless.

Think about it: What are you grateful for today?

I urge you to pause and bask in the glow.