Happy new year to you!
Things have been quiet here for a bit, you lucky devils! Christmas and all that. And, to be honest, the election.
Ah, the election. Politics aside, I found myself slipping into some old bad habits. Too much phone. Too much social media. Too much news.
On that score, I found myself creating a few home screen icons of websites to go to when I wanted to read something and didn’t want to check social media and news yet again (or, er, at all).
One was the articles section at hermitary.com, a lovely collection of writing on all things hermit. I must confess to a slightly eremitic bent, so these are right up my proverbial cul-de-sac.
The other page was Oliver Burkeman’s Guardian column, which I sort of interpret as a subversive attempt to make Eastern philosophy relevant to modern life.
On a side note, I’ve done a lot of reading on Eastern philosophy in the past few years, particular Taoism and Zen. For me, this column is much nearer the essence of that stuff than any number of so-called Zen blogs out there, which seem to me to be productivity blogs in disguise.
I don’t think you have to know much about zen to know it’s not about striving, and it always seems to be your modern Western Zen writers are trying very hard indeed.
And though I’ve fallen out of the habit of looking at it, Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings, which you probably already know, but which never fails to delight.
Until I’m able to retire to a remote island, these are the sorts of things I like to read other than day-to-day news. And it’s not that I’m not interested in your social media offerings – it’s just that checking in once a day or so is plenty for me.
This was all meant as a preamble before a blog post about work, but that’ll do for now, I think.