What I learned this week, October 8, 2021

Here’s some origami I did. I’m working on a story and I decided to origami my draft. The design is called, “This is a bunch of crap.”

Our Brains Tell Stories So We Can Live

Without inner narratives we would be lost in a chaotic world.


Gridman 3 Stephen Daly 2007 Sandblasted Aluminum Dallas, Texas

The chronic stress survival guide: how to live with the anxiety and grief you can’t escape

Stress can feel like a baseline condition for many of us – especially during a pandemic. But there are ways to help alleviate the very worst of it, whether through support, sleep or radical self-care


6 Decluttering Strategies Minimalists Swear By

It’s time to tackle that junk drawer.


Loco Gringos

How to Be Self-Aware

Only when we admit we have a problem can we begin to find solutions. In the first episode of How to Build a Happy Life, we explore the neuroscience of emotional management, practices that help us befriend our inner monologue, and challenges to getting in touch with our feelings. Our journey to happier living starts with the question: How do I feel right now?


The aluminum grid of the Winspear Opera House sunshade – very high overhead, reflected in the pool.

Misplaced Nostalgia Obscures Truth About the Left

Our social and political deterioration did not start with Joe Biden’s election or Jonathan Greenblatt’s elevation to the leadership of the Anti-Defamation League.


Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement in Cities around the World

A new model could help model disease transmission and urban planning


At the Heart of Our Divisions

We didn’t need a new poll from The University of Virginia Center for Politics and Project Home Fire to tell us that many Democrats see fascists when they look at Republicans and many Republicans see Communists when they look at Democrats. Forty-one percent of Biden voters and 52 percent of Trump voters at least somewhat agree that the time has come to split the country into red and blue states. There is a widespread feeling on both sides that we are not friends but enemies.

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