September 28, 2020

You don't need to detox from social media. Social media is here to stay. Get used to it. Instead, you can find a way to live with it. Enjoy it. Make peace with it. You know you want to. That's why you're so addicted to it. You want it. Don't pretend otherwise. Take ownership of

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September 27, 2020

Every Sunday morning, I play the organ at a church. Since March, it's been weird. At first, we were meeting on Zoom. Now, we're meeting in person. Not sure which I like better. I don't like wearing a mask (Calm down…I've been wearing it around other people. Still don't like it.) I don't like following

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September 26, 2020

It has come to my attention that in Canada, they love ketchup even more than in the US. I want to make it clear that I am not a friend of ketchup. I'll eat it once in a while, under very special circumstances, but that's rare. I've also learned that Canadians put it on grilled

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September 22, 2020

Hey, if you weren’t aware, I have a meditation course. It’s called No Problem, and it’s awesome. If you really cared about me, you would buy it. If you haven’t bought it yet, I’m curious to know why. Reply to this email and let me know. I’m literally spending hours and hours trying to figure out

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September 17, 2020

I've been leaving tons of comments on Instagram lately. It's so much work. (By “tons”, I mean 90, every day. THAT'S A LOT. Yeah, I know.) “Michael, what on Earth would possess you to leave 90 comments on Instagram every day?” Answer: The fact that it's hard. (By the way, I haven't yet gotten up to 90.

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September 12, 2020

We all tell stories. Stories about ourselves, and stories about each other. Those stories are not true or false. They're just stories. “WHAT??? Of course they can be true or false!” Sure, but that's not why you tell them. The only reason you tell a story is that it serves you to tell it. It's OK

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September 11, 2020

When I started this mailing list, it was for people who wanted to get better at playing the piano 🎹. (It wasn't even a cult back then.) Since then, it has changed into something different. Something broader than that. Lots of people have left, probably because they were expecting me to continue writing about piano forever 🙄. But the

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September 10, 2020

I've got a video for you. It's about guilt. I know you feel guilt. We all do. We're taught to feel it. We're taught to hate ourselves when there's a chance we might be doing something wrong. What are you going to do about that? Do you enjoy hating yourself? The problem isn't the feeling

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September 9, 2020

I never did my homework in school. Maybe a few times, but only a few. Why didn't I? Because I'm a lazy, underachieving procrastinator. Shouldn't that be obvious? (and you wonder why adults have self-esteem issues) Even now, it's hard for me to do homework. I don't think the name-calling helped much, unfortunately. Maybe I should write

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September 8, 2020

Objective perspectives can be liberating. When we get stuck in our own worlds, our thinking gets boxed in and we miss seeing the bigger picture. I didn’t speak much in Spanish class in high school. “¡Más fuerte, Miguel!” That’s what I heard, every day. I hated it. Foreign language classes are great for the talkative kids. Not

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