All Stories

Designing in the Nude

Just kind of letting it all hang out…design-wise.

The Residue of the Past

While all the collected events of this life and others coalesce to make the unique you, you don’t have to be a victim of other people’s choices. Shedding the residue of the past is much easier than you think.

The Examined Life: Owning Your Personal Story

There are lots of reasons to curate your personal story. Don’t be that person. Own it, wear it, and share it with the world, bumps and all.

Once More Down the Rabbit Hole

In another moment down went Alice after it [the white rabbit], never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. —Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Intro to Slow Writing

I love to write, and I write a lot. But it’s not easy. Slow Writing is the process I’ve developed to get going, beat block, stay moving, and produce finished work.

Virtually Reality

Soon, all the experiences you ever wanted will be available without leaving the comfort and safety of home. But is that any way to live?

How to Hug Your Fear

Four simple techniques to develop a level of intimacy with the things that make you scream.

The Watterson "Rules"

Four simple rules to guide your creative endeavors as drawn from the career of Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Why I Learned to Fly after 9/11

Never stop gazing upon the heavens in wonder.

Keep the Island in Mind

A lesson from master navigators of the open ocean may be the key to becoming the most authentic version of you.

Don't Hack Your Life to Death

Instead, use these three questions to create sustainable learning systems.

On the Imperfect Start

Just get going with what you have right now.

This is It

When the luster you added begins to rub off life, you’re faced with just one option.

The Fibers of Being

Each of us is one thing and many things at once, but we often spend large swaths of life avoiding our own complexity instead of embracing it as a sign of our uniqueness.

4 Activities to Identify What Stirs Your Soul

Reconnect your inner essence with your outer actions to reveal your authentic self.

In Pursuit of Work/Life Harmony

Is it a balance, is it integration, or is it something altogether different?

Living the Dream

Live your own dream, or you may just end up living someone else’s.

I Wouldn't Call It Writer's Block, Per Se

What do you do when you’re just not that into it: do it.

Slow Down? Yeah, right.

Sometimes to go fast, you’ve got to go slow. Four approaches for restoring life’s natural pace.

The Disciplined Writer

How David Sedaris approaches to writing to get a little bit better every day

That's What Writing is to Me

What writing is, is not, and why everyone should endeavor to write well.

Tell Great Stories

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” ~Muriel Rukeyser

The Moment You Realize You're Acting Like Your Dad

It seems inevitable that we’ll all do it at some point in our lives. But we don’t have to accept it.

The Jimmy Buffett Experience

A tattered reel of memories reveals why we keep coming back year after year.

The Art of Soul

Aligning your outer actions with your inner essence.

How to Be New

Continuous learning is a prerequisite for growth.

Enlivening Your Creative Practice

Five actions you can take to get closer to mastery of your art

On Creative Practice, Part 2: Structure, Just Enough

How systems create structure, which produces habits, so you can be your most creative self.

On Creative Practice, Part 1: Overcoming Fear

Beating fear as the first step toward building a creative practice.


Chinese food, Buddhist monks and the music of Martin Sexton: finding answers in the unlikeliest of combinations.

A New (Old) Definition of the Word Art

Stop objectifying art and focus on the work instead.


A semi-spiritual experience from an unlikely mentor, if you’re open to the possibility.

The Story of the Wind

A poem about changes.