What I learned this week, February 11, 2022

Sakoo dumplings from the Khao Noodle Shop, Dallas, Texas. The waitress told us to remove the red rings if we didn’t want spicy. We, of course, left them on.

Khao Noodle Shop is closed, for good this time

What a damn shame! A little neighborhood Laotian joint that was recognized as one of the best new restaurants in the country. At least I did get to go eat there… wrote about it here:

Khao Noodle Shop

Diners at Khao Noodle Shop, Dallas, Texas

My Technium on Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake. Dallas, Texas. Look carefully and you can see a guy on a unicycle. (click to enlarge)

Bald eagles are nesting at Dallas’ White Rock Lake. Here’s how to gawk from afar

Sailboats on White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX

11 Mental Tricks to Stop Overthinking Everything

Stop worrying and start growing.


Writing in my Moleskine Journal outside the Mojo Lounge, Decatur Street, French Quarter, New Orleans

Ain’t We Got Enough Problems?

In our Craft Capsules series, authors reveal the personal and particular ways they approach the art of writing. This is no. 119.

Woman writing in a Moleskine Notebook, Wichita, Kansas

The Time Hack Everyone Should Know

Much like Dorothy discovers at the end of “The Wizard of Oz,” the key to hacking time is a tool we’ve had all along: Choice.


Recycled Books Denton, Texas

15 Books You Won’t Regret Rereading

Years after these titles were popular, they’re still worth picking up.


Scientists Say Your “Mind” Isn’t Confined to Your Brain, or Even Your Body

Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.

All Things Were Older Than Man

“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Design District Dallas, Texas

Design District
Dallas, Texas

Where the Sun Sails And the Moon Walks

“Farewell,” they cried, “Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” That is the polite thing to say among eagles.

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks,” answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Annotated Hobbit: The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

Central Business District New Orleans, Louisiana

Central Business District
New Orleans, Louisiana

This is the eagle on top of the Duggins Law Firm building in downtown New Orleans.