Getting Skunked

Getting Skunked

  I tried to go backcountry skiing yesterday. In North Carolina. It had snowed 3 days earlier with a savage (for the South) cold snap on the tail end of the snow dump. Between scheduling shenanigans and life, a few days went by before Steve and I were able to get...
“Do Not Fear Mistakes”

“Do Not Fear Mistakes”

Mistakes are a key piece for learning. We’ve been trained to avoid making mistakes, but mistakes are a crucial piece of the learning experience. Miles Davis famously told players in his band there are no wrong notes. ‘Wrong notes’ are simply notes we haven’t...
The Dark Side of Creativity

The Dark Side of Creativity

Can creativity exist without depression? There is a side of me that I like to be seen — my creative side: capable, flowing, and confident. Oozing answers, inspiration and energy. I love to experience it myself and for it to be seen, acknowledged, and lauded by others....
Perfection, What’s Good, and Being Enough

Perfection, What’s Good, and Being Enough

Aiming for perfection looks good on paper, but in practice, it can stand in the way of doing good work and the feeling that we’re enough. I have a touch of a perfection streak. Not always, but often enough to get in the way some times. When I was a carpenter, I...