Tag: Self-Expression

  • March 12, 2024

    Things occur to me while I’m writing my morning pages. During the week, I’m less distracted, but also less, shall we say, creative. No, not creative, but maybe, whimsical. Given that it’s currently March Break, it’s like each day this week is a weekend day, a Saturday or a Sunday. More of a Saturday. Given…

  • July 21, 2023

    July 21, 2023

    The 3D printer is awesome. The rabbit turned out pretty nicely. It’s amazing to me that this sort of technology exists. The ideas that I have for what I’d like to print with it keep coming to me in a steady wave. I haven’t written any of them down. Today, though, something else is on…

  • June 9, 2023

    June 9, 2023

    It is easy to fall into the trap of complaining without taking action. However, true progress and personal growth require us to dedicate ourselves to the work at hand. Let us remember that we are not entitled to anything merely by existing; rather, we must actively contribute and earn our keep. By abandoning complaints and…

  • May 20, 2023

    May 20, 2023

    What limits should be placed on the things we write? Are there lines we shouldn’t cross? Should we attempt to breach certain conventions? Whose opinion and/or feelings is it okay to ignore?

  • April 26, 2023

    April 26, 2023

    I’m not quite sure what the word is that I’m looking for. It could be “aggravated,” or “aggrieved,” even. “Unsettled,” captures some of it, but, then, so does, “indifferent.” There’s an amazingly long scroll of words running down the inside of my forehead right now. They’re mostly synonyms. What I really want to do with…

  • Ramadan Email | Emails at Work

    Ramadan Email | Emails at Work

    I started in my current role as the teacher-librarian at our school a couple of years ago. To get information out, I have to send broadcast emails to all of the staff, and I try to make them interesting to read. The email I sent earlier this week has gotten a lot of positive feedback.…

  • “Say Less”

    “Say Less”

    A few years ago, I came across the phrase, “Say less,” and it didn’t make much sense to me. I asked someone to explain it to me. They did. Essentially, it means, “I understand and you don’t need to explain any further.” These days, the phrase has taken on a slightly different meaning for me.…

  • How we’re seen

    How we’re seen

    It seemed as though I was being reminded today that it’s easier to see the strength and good quality of others than it is to see in ourselves.

  • Yep, def weird

    Yep, def weird

    A few days ago, I sent my friend a text message asking if I’m weird. I can’t remember why I asked the question but something must have come up to spark the need for reassurance or confirmation or refutation. The message I got back was simply, “Yep, def weird. Weird is good.” The question needn’t…

  • Self-Promotion

    Self-Promotion

    Last week, I was standing in one of the six aisles of cat wet food at a PetSmart when I got a text from a friend of mine. He was asking me about my latest blog post. He was just curious to know how I was promoting myself. When he found out that I don’t…

  • Self-Expression, Part 1

    Self-Expression, Part 1

    I have a hard time expressing myself. It’s true. Far too often I find myself in a pickle because I found myself dumbfounded or, more often, excessively revealing. Both extremes stem from the same source: my inability to properly measure the value of the message that I’m trying to deliver.