Thoroughly Thursday - the "Sorta Empty Nest" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Sorta Empty Nest Edition. This last week, my oldest left on a week-long, school-sponsored senior hiking trip in Yosemite. The strangest part is that our modern Life360-I-always-know-where-you-are parenting style is useless if your children are out of range of a cell tower. I've been looking at this week as a trial run for when she goes to college. I'm excited about all the changes coming to our family, but I'm hoping it will involve less of me wandering forlornly through her empty room at various times during the day. In the meantime, our youngest is enjoying both the attention and the made-to-order dinner plans and is seriously considering sticking around until her mid-30's.
What's I'm Listening To - An Englishman in Jamaica
I don't listen to that much new reggae music. I tend to queue up the same Bob Marley record whenever I'm feeling nostalgic for those two weeks in college when I considered growing dreadlocks. However, I'm listening to Sting's collaboration with Shaggy 44/876, which recently won the Grammy for best new reggae album. The Police combined New Wave and reggae to become superstars, so it makes sense for Sting to return to the form. Shaggy is an excellent counterpoint to Sting's literary vocal style and helps lighten up the songs. It's a good album, but in my mind, it can't quite live up to classics like "Walking on the Moon."
What I'm Learning - The Economics of a Brave New World
On the advice of TT-friend Diana, I've been learning about the concept of exponential economics or "exonomics." Promoted by futurist/economist Amin Toufani, the idea is that exponential technologies are already beginning to change how our society functions, from the gig economy, changing ownership models (think Uber and Bird scooters), robotic production, algorithmic decision-making, blockchain technology, and our burgeoning hyper-connectedness. Toufani suggests that this future is generally better for all of us, but that constant innovation will lead to both more significant challenges and opportunities than we've ever seen before.
What I'm Reading - How Do You Write 179 books? Hours and Hours of Typing
I was recently read an article about mega-bestselling author Danielle Steel. Steel releases six to seven books a year, and apparently, doesn't use ghost-writers. The secret, she professes, is 20-hour work days at a typewriter. I'm not sure if this is a PR boast (seriously, when would you pee?), or something that only happens occasionally, but I found myself conflicted by the notion. In my 20s and 30s, I loved stories about extreme achievers, but nowadays, I find myself struck by the costs of such profound success. It takes dedication to get good at anything, but to be really, really good, it takes both commitment and the exclusion of nearly everything else (family, friends, health, etc.). I don't think I have ever had the level of focus to be a Guinness World Record Holder, but as I've gotten older, I'm actually okay with that. What about you? Would you be willing to dedicate yourself solely to one pursuit for fame and fortune?
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