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Hope

On hope, the easy default of cynicism, and the stories we tell ourselves In the latest Brain Pickings newsletter, Maria Popova discusses hope through Rebecca Solnit’s work Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. This comes a week after Caitlin Moran talked about the tyranny of cynicism (a topic David Foster Wallace also critiqued): “The… Continue reading

L.L.Bean and Dale Carnegie

Reading Dom Burch in The Drum last week it hit me that his article on L.L.Bean sounded pretty familiar. When I applied for a job with Buffer one of the entry criteria was having read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. I’m still re-reading the book. Not only is there so much in it I… Continue reading

Nothing worse than a neglected blog

Nothing worse at all. Nope. Can’t think of a thing. I’ve neglected this site for a very long time. If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve been up to in the meantime, check out my friend Joe’s site. He’s blogging under the name of Tokyo Barista and was kind enough to let me set up… Continue reading

Thank you Naoetsu JHS

Unexpected pen pals from Naoetsu In March this year, a teacher at my former junior high school in Japan, Naoetsu JHS, got the pupils to write to me as their final assignment for the year (the school term ends in March in Japan). The current ALT got in touch to ask for my postal address,… Continue reading