Hudson came out to help coach this am!! Thanks Courtney Carson for the
Baby Hudson came out to make sure his dad was doing a good enough job with Olivia Wall Douglas #cutestfamily #bosschild #babypayne
Yesterday I was still shaken up by the news that Paul Alan Wolman, my friend from grad school, had died of ALS, Lou Gehrig disease. He was this skinny kid from the Bronx--or was it Brooklyn?--who went to Rochester as an undergraduate and there discovered Kit Lasch, Gene Genovese, Herb Gutman, and Marty Sklar.
He came to Northern Illinois University to follow up, as it were, still looking for another island in a blood-dark sea of academic idiocy, and he found us, a rag-tag bunch of dickheads who were trying to grow up by understanding--and lecturing--the remains of the New Left, or vice versa, take it as you will, as if we were the last abolitionists standing.
As I have said elsewhere and many times by now, us maroons looked to Sklar for guidance, leadership, grace, call it what you want. He refused the role. He made us rely on ourselves, as he had always done for himself, by himself.
Paul was perfectly cast as the quiet understudy. He was uncomfortable no matter where he found himself, in a seminar or at a party, and he could explain why, even make you laugh because he knew exactly why he didn't want to be where he was.
He had more words than anybody I ever met, and that's saying a lot. He used them easily, pointedly, sometimes cruelly, but always casually, as if exact reference to Baudelaire or Verlaine or Valery was something a guy just did in the course of getting the job of conversation done, as if, like his brother the carpenter, he had already nailed the studs down and was raising the wall, expecting your help.
I've been arguing with colleagues about inquiries we receive from high school students, mostly via email, regarding some topic we're supposed to have mastered. The students are writing papers, they've been encouraged by their teachers to contact us--what is to be done, in response?
Me, I think, what the hell, tell 'em what you got. But then I don't get as many queries as David Greenberg, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jan Ellen Lewis, or Claire Potter. who regularly participate in workshops and events I've barely heard of. I've been recently invited to conduct a seminar at Rutgers for high school teachers, which is all to the good--mostly mine. But yeah, it can be a pain in the ass.
Still, here's what I wrote at a colleague's page:
I'm with Stuart Gold on this rather than Annette Gordon-Reed or Nell Painter or Jan Ellen Lewis or Herb Sloan. I kind of love the idea that instead of the library or the phone, these kids come directly to what they think is the source. They gather information differently than we did, or were were trained to do. I swear, their brains work differently than ours. I don't (yet) know about better or worse, but I'm certain they're wired differently.
Remember how we used to say that journalism was the first draft of history? Well, things move so fast these days that this kind of inquiry could be the last. In any case, these colleagues are admirable because they're pitching in, doing the unsung work that connects us to high school teachers and their students, who will some day be ours.
Mayor Marty Walsh with Volunteers for this Veterans Day #OperationThankaVet!
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Every handshake, we make stronger connections between the veterans of our city and the people that they fought for.
Every day, we make it a point to follow up with these veterans and military families to make sure we're doing everything that we can to support them.
Because veterans aren't just veterans for a day... we honor than every day.
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Here's the first paragraph of Paul Jorion's preface to the Flammarion translation, by Pierre Vesperini, of my not-so-recent book. That fish in the first sentence and the sulking in the second--if you wanted literal translations--are colloquial expressions meant to encourage readers to forge ahead, not get bogged down in my sticky prose. Jorion mentions that he came to the book by way of my essay for Aeon (thanks again, Sam Haselby), and that when he posted a review of the book (see below) by Madeleine Theodore at his blog, it got more than 200 comments. In ending, he asks, "But what is his message?" That sounds like the right question to me.
Le texte que vous allez lire vous donne la pêche.
J’espère que vous ne bouderez pas votre plaisir à
sa lecture, de la même manière que je n’ai pas
boudé le mien. Je l’ai découvert à la faveur de la
lecture de son introduction publiée dans la revue
américaine Aeon en novembre 2016. Je l’avais lu,
beaucoup ri, et cherché quelqu’un qui, malgré sa
longueur, serait prêt à le traduire pour le Blog de
Paul Jorion. Sa publication en septembre 2017,
suivie en décembre par un compte rendu signé de
Madeleine Théodore, avait suscité plus de deux
Mais quel est son message ?
Ici, uh, here is a review of No More Work in French by Madeleine Theodore at Paul Jorion's blog. He's an anthropologist, an economist--he predicted the Great Recession--and a utility infielder when he leaves France, where all they do is play soccer, for better sports locations. He has now written a 27-page Preface to the French translation of my book, to be published by Flammarion (which makes his Preface one-fourth the size of the whole damn book, I might be worried). In my next post, I'll give you the first paragraph of that Preface, with my sort-of translation, coached from a great distance by my friend and fellow editor, Bruce Robbins.
My life narrative always ends with a Harley headed west. Could be because my first wedding gift to myself was a Honda 350, could be because my little brother almost killed himself with a BSA Thunderbolt*, in a road race that ended in front of my parents' house in a suburb of Chicago. They were on vacation.
The doctor and then a friend of his called me at about the same time, somewhere near 12:30 AM, to tell me he was about to die--this was July 31st, 1973--so I drove from DeKalb to Winfield, Illinois, in 45 minutes, in a little Volkswagen hatchback, record time is my guess, and when I got there it was just a broken ankle.
But the left side of his face had been scraped away by the pavement it met as he slid toward certain death--he was stopped under a car, that was a lucky break, because if he'd kept going down that road he'd be dead, me too--so when I entered his hospital room, having told his friends that I would kill each and every one of them for letting this happen, I was pretty sure I was saying goodbye.
I write this on January 25th, his birthday. He's 62 years old today, alive and well. And meaner, angrier, more perfectly equipped for a fight than anything you can imagine. He's my brother. Watch out.
Bruce Robbins, Laura Kipnis, and I are going to do a podcast with James Wood for P/L Live on February 6th. He has a new novel just published called Upstate, and we'll be talking with him about that, among other literary events and methods. That title recalls for me the great Edmund Wilson, who never quite fit into the dueling camps of the Young Intellectuals (Mumford, Frank, Brooks, et al.) and their doubters (Burke, Dewey, et al.).
He had a house in way upstate New York which he memorialized in a book called Upstate. Here's my story about it.
40 miles north of Utica, the ex-wife's home town, there's a ski resort, Snow Mountain, with four different grades of hills, one of them a black diamond and for real, one day I almost killed myself getting down the thing. Now there's a different sense of hitting bottom--pure relief.
To get to the place, you drive right past Edmund Wilson's upstate home on a two-lane highway built ca. 1924. It looks like a museum, all faux pillars and porches, but for that reason you can imagine the old man rocking himself to sleep in the twilight of the 20th century.
When I drove the kids and the nieces and the nephews up there to ski for the day, I'd lecture the poor little bastards about the great man and his fundamental contributions to American literary criticism and historical consciousness. Patriotic Gore and To the Finland Station were my staples, but once in a while I'd veer off into Axel's Castle. There was much groaning from the captive audience unless I was talking in great detail about Lincoln or Lenin. The quiet then was almost unnerving. But I kept talking.
One deep winter day we piled into the car, just me and five snotty little kids, because I was desperate to get out of Utica, away from the wife and the insufferable in-laws. We arrived at Snow Mountain only to find the thing was shut down.
What is to be done?
I find the guy who works the ski lift and say, "I'll give you a hundred bucks to start that thing up." He's impressed with the dollar amount, this being upstate New York, so the little bastards skied all day, all by themselves on Snow Mountain, just five of them laughing all the way downhill. I sat in the lodge, watching them fly and tack, cajoling beers out of the befuddled caretaker.
Near dark, we packed up all the gear and headed back to Utica. As we sailed southbound past Wilson's upstate home, one of the nieces says, "Uncle Jim, tell us about Edmund Wilson, wouldja? "
The French translation will bear the original title. Almost makes me think those Cartesian partisians (sp) have a clue. But then I remember that Jerry Lewis was their fave. Will provide photo of the book cover when I figure out how.
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Gun violence is political, it has already been politicized. If we can't have a national conversation about making assault weapons less accessible after a mass shooting, when is a good time to do it? I'll wait....
"If the Mandalay Bay hotel had caught fire and 58 people died and 500+ people were injured trying to escape, America would be having a discussion about how to make hotels safer.
If 58 people at the concert had died and 500+ people went to the hospital due to food poisoning, America would be having a conversation about how to make food safer.
If a gas tanker accident on I-15, the freeway that runs through Las Vegas, had killed 58 people and injured 500+, there would be demands to make our roads safer.
It is not "political" to demand that lawmakers take steps to reduce deaths from gun violence any more than it is "political" to demand better fire codes, stricter food inspections, and safer roads."
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Theresa Smalec is the brilliant curator of our P/L feature, "Car Poems." Here are two withering and yet somehow inspiring poems by Elissa Nelson. Remember both names, you'll hear more from them, I guarantee.
"While the Federal Government has borrowed from the Social Security Trust Fund since it began, in 1983, President Ronald Reagan (a Republican) and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (a Democrat) came to an agreement to increase Payroll taxes allowing the Social Security Trust Fund to build a large surplus so they would have the funds to help pay the Social Security obligations to baby boomers when they retired.
Sadly, politicians in Washington couldn’t keep their hands off the money in the Social Security Trust Fund. While both parties have been quick to blame the other one for the raid of the Social Security Trust Fund, both parties have been equally to blame. Every year, the total balance in the Social Security Trust Fund has been transferred to the Federal Treasury and replaced with non negotiable bonds which are stored in a filing cabinet at the Bureau of Public Debt in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The interest on these bonds is “paid” by the issue of even more bonds.
The Federal Government will only have money to repay its obligations by raising taxes or radically cutting spending. In the words of Senator Mike Enzi “If the revenues are not there (and they will not be as long as the government continues to run budget deficits), then the federal government will have to raise taxes or cut other spending to finance promised Social Security benefits. This is gross financial mismanagement. We don’t have enough trust funds with money in them to satisfy the demands put on our government.”- READ MORE:
I just arrived at my home town in Tokyo! Ohanajaya! It is absolutely dumping in Tokyo! I've never seen it like this!
The pic, doesn't quite capture it!
Thanks Bala Daisuke Kera for meeting me at the station with an umbrella!
You can tell the streets of Nozawa are obviously better prepared for the snow then the city.
I am very grateful for my life!
At home now, we are about to have Hinabe (hot pot)
Boys trip to Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Japan today!
The most well preserved Samurai castle in Japan which will rewrite the romanticism around how the samurai lived for you!
One thing is they used guns also and the wife's would pack the gun powder for thier husbands
Talk about team work!
Most relationships I see these days can't even align on basic living as a team, let alone any other higher functional team work with harmony, vision or long term thinking!
I was musing today thinking wow this is how people lived 400 years ago and then I thought I wonder what people will think of how we live today in 400 years from now!
The year 2418!
Wow they built things to break in a year?
They lived out of harmony with nature?
They couldn't get along?
They had wars and poverty? (Wtf)
So much shaming and mis education around money and sexuality!
So much pollution!
And so on!
Travel beats the heart of my soul and it is important to stretch your perspective in life always!
I keep dreaming of super awesome luxury sports cars! And dam Algorithms keep showing me cars I would love to have!
I brought a new car just 11 months ago and just 3 weeks ago I had to really slow it down because I was looking at a new Merc!
I had a resistance to new cars, however it has honestly been one of the most epic spiritual things I've done! Go figure!
Here is to writing rulzs the way you want to do it!
Coaches mentors, transformational experts and wizards and witches!
I'll be teaching the morning energy transmission sessions at Dane Tomas Spiral pract training! It's starting to become a bit of a tradition!
I will be sharing my magic and my own Qigong system daily to the new and current crew!
I am a Spiral Practitioner myself and have been teaching at his last 4 events!
If your wanting to tap into an art that is super transformational and get the edge as a coach or a mentor!
This is your opportunity now! Take it!
If you want to really level up? You want to really consider doing this if your a coach or mentor and pull the trigger on becoming a Spiral Practitioner.
You have my word that you will have some of the best tools on the planet for raising your consciousness, facing the shadow and understanding the emotional blocks and patterns that hold you back from all types of success!
Ive been using this art to unlock my potential the last 3 or 4 years! Mine and my clients too!
It truly is one of the most amazing transformational arts out there today!
I use the tools almost daily to grow into all new areas and levels of my life and you will be equipped with all you need to transform your life and your clients life too!
When Dane and I met! We traded arts and realized that the power of both needed to be explored together for our own growth!
Since that time life for us both has unfolded in magical ways!
So if your wanting to get the edge this year in your transformational game from you to yourself, and from you to your clients!
This opportunity is 100% right for you and I endorse it!
Dive in and learn this secret art!
If you have any questions feel free to PM!
I think Dane has one spot left in a group I think of about 20!
So dive in and don't wait if you feel this is right for you! Just do it!
2nd Last Day on the Mountain! Then back to business as usual!
January numbers are up in the business by 4x this year! Business is doubling the past 2 years also!
Life is as magical as ever!
Yesterday I Snowboarded half the day!
The afternoon or second half from 3pm, I had 2 x (1 on 1) Transformational Sessions with my High Preforming Golden Mean Master Mind Clients. I love this part of my life!
(We are working together for a whole year and the results are already Flowing Powerfully!
One client has had a 3328% increase in her business the last quarter! That's pretty incredible and that is not a typo either. That was achieved through her efforts and the 8 x 20min mentor Scale & Grow package on the ZEN ARCHER 8 week Transformational course! We dive deep into advanced transformation strategy business and personal for scale!
The second client has completely reorganized her business model from the inside out to align with a better model. She can now serve her customers with far more power, ease and generate far more profit to her bottom line also! This allows her clients also to generate far more impact and profit too. Total win win! Her model also allows her to live the life she loves too. Triple Win! This is very important if you want a highly fulfilling and high preforming business as one! (Everyone has different desires and life/business targets after all ) She is launching her book this year also and so much more awesomeness is to come!
When we set an intention we must be prepared to deliver on it! All the way!
I am committed to more of these magick dayz this year! Where I am preforming high, living a life I love and serving others to the highest capacity I can based on the model they choose to work with me in!
Hit me up if your looking for a mentor course! I have a new program launching Feb 12!
I am also committed to more new self development to stretch myself to serve my clients in the highest way possible too!
My heart IS and has been BUZZING today on the mountain because of many things and lots of hard work in the past aligning now! #verygrateful
Following your own unique path is not always easy, especially after the beginning PART is over! You must always evolve and learn with you and your team! You must build your confidence up and then in a healthy way break it down so you have more room to grow again! This takes a lot of courage genuinely speaking!
Here for those who need the guidance on their own journey to your own version of greatness too!
Always I am open to be contacted in which I will always do my best to find the right way for you! Even if that way is not with me ✌️
As a result of past effort and self responsibility, I am now embodying the fine art of working Smart and Hard while being in compete flow with the universe, my values, my vision, my model and my outcomes too are all aligning with far greater ease!
I am Uber grateful for this because I am committed to helping others do the same as I have in their own unique ways too!
Thank you for being a part of my life in some way shape or form! Thank you for being on this list of friends!
In 2018 - Dive in and create the magic you want in your life! Now is the time to make great moves into what you truly want!
Time waits for no one!
Big love ❤️
Rhyn from Japan
Living a life of relaxed virtue!
What does this mean to you?
It is to live a good life!
Live to naturally do small good deeds daily & I find your life will naturally prosper!
What can you do differently today to change things up?
What small good deeds or gestures can you make to another person?
Small is good and small is beautiful too!
Anyway, something to ponder for a life!
This pic was taking by a friend today!
Seriously I LOVE MY LIFE!
My LIFESTYLE IS and has been freaken EPIC 4 Like 16 years now!
Ups and downs of course! That's part of living your dream!
However mark my words!
I am only just WARMING UP MY LIFE STYLE,BUSINESS AND LIFE PURPOSE VISION!
I would say GOALS OR TARGETS
The truth is when your chi is strong flowing deep within your meridian channels, your connected to your source, your higher self and your true nature within! Life WILL self organize for you and in a grand way for you!
it will be ridiculously fast yet in slow-motion! It will be effortless and deeply effective if you learn how to open this magic for you! It's a natural science I have dedicated my life too!
Anyone who has followed me for at least a decade will understand this!
This is the beauty of following life from the inside not the outside!
You stop trying to live another persons journey, you start naturally to live your own, it is guided by a purpose that is you and greater then you!
This is all possible and from this space I allow my vision, goals and targets to guide a deeper intuition and richer perspective! This allows a pretty awesome life to manifest and unfold!
Thank you my friends for following me as my life turns from one moment to the next! I appreciate you all very much!
I believe in all your dreams, potential and all your natural gifts so much it drives my creative engines and opens my potential to download from the HEAVENS AND THE UNIVERSE!
Thanks for being a legend and a friend!
Many blessings from the mountains of Japan!
Life changing moment...I just put contact lenses in for the first time ever! and got them out again! ^_^
This may seem small to many but it has been a big story of mine for my whole life (i've had glasses since I was 10) that I couldn't do it. :)
I just kept saying "Fleassy, you squeezed a human out of your vagina...you can put a frigging contact lens in!"