“it feels like lifetimes ago.”
“it was.”

on some sunny day in february of 2020 i had two coffees on an outside chair and waited for the bus. it wasn’t cold for a minnesotan. it wasn’t warm either. i had a long sleeve and a wind jacket and a hat…

neuroscientist jeff hawkins new book “A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence”, aims to answer a quite straightforward question: “how do simple cells in the brain create intelligence?” the answer, dumbed down entirely, is that our brain cells create models of the world and we interact with those models…

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” — Mark Twain

the first time i listened to jason isbell was on a long and straight and uniform but not lonely drive. kip…

The Bonfire of the Niceties

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The barista is getting his second shot on Friday. These are common points of conversation for us now. They are mixed in with comments on spring weather, the most undefeated shareholder in the Minnesota collective conscience. We say something like, “I’ve…

“I guess he wasn’t a painter at all. He had no courage and I believe that to create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.” — Georgia O’Keefe

in the opening pages of “the white album”, joan didion speaks to one’s connection with a narrative and…

“i tie my boots up tight
and i head straight for bed
there’s a pistol and a crystal
underneath my pillow” — dr. dog

it never ceases to amaze me the screens that pop off inside my big dumb melon when i’m asleep and if it ever does cease to…

november 29, 2020

it’s too early for me to be awake. i definitely didn’t go to bed 8 hours ago. i was having god awful dreams so i didn’t want to go back to sleep. sometimes living in there is better. sometimes living in there is not better. it’s funny…

a big difference between me now and me ten years ago is that i sleep. now i sleep. quite well actually. i didn’t much then. i suspect there are a number of changes to my mood and mental capacity that follow.

i suspect also that the full development of my…

notes from the cynics desk

“You have the disease that eats at our world. You cannot find peace in old conventions and beliefs, yet you are not sufficiently committed to anything to forge new ones for yourself.” — Michener 1963

“This may be the year when we finally come face…

Mike Wayne

find a ninth path. this is water. zorbatheminnesotan@gmail.com

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