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Origin Of Failure

A collection of short essays compiled from the 52Weeks series between August 3, 2019 and August 24, 2019 — curated here as a record of growth. Introduction In the last few years, the relationship between my formative years and the present has become more important to me. I’ve been documenting links between early memories and who I am now, so recently I think less about early adulthood, because by then my habits were nearly solidified, and I always considered that period less significant than others.

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Are You Military?

Come, view this world. / See it as an ornate festive carriage. / See how fools are entranced by their visions, / yet for the wise there is no attachment. Ajahn Munindo In case you don’t know, this entire website is a giant long-term project documenting our family and the various projects we spin-off from the thinking we do about kinship and creativity. It integrates a lot of our experience into creative sub-projects and stream-of-consciousness articles like this one.

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Rite of Friendship

Although we were sure of his intent, Vassar was half-joking on the stories we just read about the more serious customs of other cultures.

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Life.

A collection of short essays compiled from the 52Weeks series between December 1, 2018 and December 29, 2018 — curated here to document our theories on the process of being. See the related short essays, Death. Introduction Like death, time is a paradox because as we get older, our mind does not. Its only awareness of chronology is through the sensory connections to the body, because without these inputs, we do not age; consciousness simply is.

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Foreigners

When we travel, our interactions with locals and with other tourists could not be more different. Today was a good example.

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Death.

A collection of short essays compiled from the 52Weeks series between September 29, 2018 and November 3, 2018 — curated here to document our theories of existence. See the related short essays, Life. Introduction Because of its nebulous nature there is difficulty simply writing about death, but in the coming weeks we will take a brief opportunity to consider the nature of our end. While not a cheerful topic, we consider it captivating, and necessary to consider if we want to stay grounded in life.

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Aussies

Padang Padang beach is such a tourist trap. Normally we avoid these kind of places, but it is beautiful enough to tolerate all the fair-skinned Aussies browning themselves…

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Batur

This morning almost a thousand tourists paid 450,000 rupees each for the privilege of the 1000 meter ascent to summit Batur before sunrise, and only a few were prepared.

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Witnessing The Ritual

Not that I understand how they’re used, but there are three altars visible from my seat on this veranda. Each one has a small stone statue of something like a Buddha, with candles and flowers nearby.

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Mopeds Everywhere

Since the beginning we’ve had a focus on self-improvement, and the way we live has evolved in both geography and scope of possessions because of it.

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The Taxi From Denpasar

The random squalor in Denpasar was not unexpected.

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Travel Day

We didn’t want to leave Tokyo, but we were also looking forward to being in the southern hemisphere for the first time.

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Local Acclimation

The brief education we received today on superficial details of Japanese life it made it seem dumb to learn about Japanese society like a clinical experiment.

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A Break For Documenting

Visitors to Taito should plan when they eat. Almost every restaurant there closes between 3pm and 5pm, so don’t try to eat out early. And don’t try to find food before the evening on a Saturday, unless it’s ramen from 7-11.

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Breakfast And Cynicism

Denny’s in Asakusa is not like any Denny’s in the U.S., and I don’t mean just the cigarette puffing in the Japanese restaurant. Americans after World War II brought eggs and ham along with Denny’s to the Japanese.

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Reality On The Ground

Before we left the U.S. we read a lot about Japan, and now I realize we learned very little. For instance, food isn’t really that expensive.

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Work Vs. Leisure

We slept on roll-out bedding over tatami in a room with a paper shade and the morning was bright. Besides the sunlight, waking up for the first time in Tokyo was disorienting.

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Departure

I’m very thankful that we planned well, happy that we are focused on the essentials to keep our lives lightweight on the road.

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A Look Back At 52Weeks

Last week in the 52Weeks project I ranted about simplification, but my point was more about self-improvement as a lifetime goal.

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Father's Day

Yes I know, almost forty-five and never had breakfast on a small table while lounging. I could get used to it.