For a teacher

Andreas Vesalius, 1543 You planted thoughts precisely where they’d make me grow aware, invited me to dazzling heights by helping build the stairs & showed me how Time’s waste of life is possible to bear— only now, I wish you’d be less staggeringly rare.

Your phone is addictive

First written & published in collaboration with Michael Tollman in the Farnam Street Learning Community. Image via The Zero Theorem. Your phone is addictive. That’s really no joke! Ask any person who gambles or smokes: You think you can stop anytime you decide, & that’s why you probably haven’t yet tried. Free markets run on […]


Andy Warhol, 1972 What are you, opportunity? You mask your full identity until you’re seized—then, we can see your face of grace. Yet, if set free, passed up or missed unwittingly, you mutate all too easily into a space for tyranny.

What is Tao?

A pure mirror disappears. The mirror is Tao, a secret known & kept by all being (by nature) untold. It’s boring unless you seek to be born. It prescribes nothing, yet heals, I think today. What it is, though… who’s to say?

Sincere questions

John Singer Sargent, 1925 through this screened apparatus i still somehow call a phone, can you know i’m not an actress? can i know i’m not alone? if ancient mighty Atlas found our globe, so finely webbed, could he lift it? or, in practice, is it hanging by a thread above his head?