Double Astuteness

Heard a great piece on NPR last week about a new book called Blindspot:  Hidden Biases of Good People, delving into the hidden world of our prejudices and biases.  The radio piece looked at our hidden prejudices we have that don’t look like prejudices because they are positive towards people (rather than what we usually think of prejudices, which are negative and vindictive), and it sounds like the book goes deeper into looking at all sorts of biases.  Great to listen to, and great that this book’s out – anything that helps get a broader conversation and awareness of all our blind spots (both about others and ourselves) out there is beneficial!

Also, saw a great shirt today that read “People don’t want advice.  They want corroboration.”    Astute!

Up and Out

Went climbing today for the first time in about a year.  Good, fun, met a bunch of people.  I wonder on how sore my forearms will be… and whether I will accidentally chuck a few swords across the kwoon during practice tomorrow morning.  That would be…. bad.


My front yard is awash in orange with a carpet of poppys!  You could say I have a poppy-lation explosion…  hee!   It really is a gorgeous gaggle of tall grasses, the poppys, and a few other wildflowers and the few other things we’ve planted.  I know I’m doing something right when the yard is buzzing with bumblebees, visiting flower to flower…

Moving Forward

I don’t really know much about Justin Trudeau, apart from his eloquent eulogy for his father some years back, and, of course, that he just won the leadership of the Liberal Party.  I have a newfound appreciation for him for his insightful and humanist response to a question regarding the Boston bombings, recognizing that there is complexity and much at play, and that there is a way to make a difference.  To take care of the moment and to look to the future.

I have an equally and conversely new depreciation for PM Harper, who jumped all over this intelligence with a response that basically said “No, you need to wave your dick around!  That’s what is needed!”


Putting the Gōng Into it

I am a total product of the literal meaning of Kung Fu:  accomplishment arrived at by great effort of time and energy.  I doubt many would ever describe me as being naturally gifted or talented in the physical arts; certainly I never excelled nor participated in many sports as a kid.  When I started my KF training my flexibility was abysmal, my body coordination rather poor and my muscle endurance was low.  My energy endurance was not too bad thanks to much cycling, but even there that came from hard work and repetition.   Climbing gave me half decent balance, but that too was from years of practice and working up to it.  Neither of those seemed to make any difference though as I began my Shaolin training, where I could never put my hands where I needed them and my legs felt like they would fall off at any moment.

All the skill and ability I have today has come from training, training, and more training.  I trained 16 hours a week for a time, and even when moving supplies up the stairs at work I would consider it training.  I asked questions, took coaching, and then trained some more.  I bet it would be hilarious to watch a video of me from when I started (alas, as far as I know no such thing exists).  But that’s where I started out, as do we all start out somewhere and sometime.

We start there.  Then we train.


My artichoke plant has exploded and is producing artichokes out the wazooooo.  Delicious and huge artichokes.  I’ve been steaming and delighting in them.  Gotta catch up though – they’re better when not too huge, and some on the plant right now are big enough to use as a mace!