“Railways are irresistible bazaars, stalking along perfectly level no matter what the landscape, improving your mood with speed….if a train is large and comfortable you don’t even need a destination.” Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar

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I boarded Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Emeryville, California a week before Christmas with…

Marina Abramovic, ‘The Artist is Present’.

Marina Abramovic sat in the Museum of Modern Art and stared at people. She remained quiet and still while museum visitors cycled through the chair across from her to lock eyes. Abramovic did this for 7 hours a day, six days a week for two and a half months. …

There are an infinite number of things to learn and a finite amount of time in which to learn them. Instead of despair, I feel encouraged by this fact.

If I could only learn one thing in the next year, what would it be? This question is bouncing around my…

I need a hobby. Between work, sleep, eating, exercising (or not), I don’t find time for other structured activities. I don’t know what it should be. Piano, learning Japanese, drawing, baking, puzzles. I don’t count 30 days of writing, because these last few posts haven’t been much in terms of writing. Open to ideas.

I learned this evening that “v” in Spanish makes the “b” sound. Wow.

Spanish is not a language I am good at, but I did “study” it in elementary, middle, and high school. I even took a couple of courses in college. No, my grasp of the language ever approached…

Beneath it quietly lies,
Hidden by a disguise,
One who constantly tries.
Yet, cracks widen in size.

Worry, as time flies.
You say it’s unwise.
I counter,
It’s my compromise.

Instead, my own demise.
Ignoring internal cries
Sanity can only surmise:
I can’t escape cloudy skies,
Numb to my own lies.

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Russ Wilson

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