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It’s the age of the anti-hero. Through the power of really good storytelling, we find ourselves compelled to root for the soft-hearted Jimmy McGill. But, isn’t it kinda weird that we once severely liked the same man when we knew him as Saul Goodman? That’s called cognitive dissonance, people. Yes, it’s gross, it smells like gremlin farts, and it’s quite uncomfortable. And when it comes to cognitive dissonance, I’m no stranger. But perhaps another story for another time. Or maybe the time is now.

The way they make a character look on screen, they can make me fall for anyone…


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I am a disliker of book clubs

Book clubs and reading groups often cause me to run screaming for the hills. I am confused by (yet… somewhat envious of?) those who are excited to read…


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Tuesday morning, I woke up not so bright, and definitely not very early. My intention, to hike up to the water source above South Gate Meadow. There you’ll find a heart-shaped pool, with water pouring out of the rock. It’s so drinkable and damn, is it delicious! You’ll often find a person or group of people performing some ritual in this pool. Hey if I could go back in time and pick a location for my baptism, this would be it. However my current ritual was much more straight forward: some hydration so I don’t pass out from this hike…


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I’ve been camping on the side of Mt. Shasta, about 7,500 feet up the mountain for the last several days, and will be here for a few more. One of my campsite neighbors told me about a barefoot hike he went on. He recounted the recharging experience of having “skin-to-skin” contact with the planet itself, without the barriers of rubber, cotton, wood and linoleum. As we take in nature’s beauty with our eyes, my new friend tells me how he’s taking in the earth’s energy through his body, his feet being the access point. …


Song: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Thievery Corporation

“There’s no COVID on Mount Shasta”*

I’m camping on Mount Shasta this week. Early in my stay here, I met a man in town who had a smile that stretched from ear to ear. His handshake lingers longer than most, and he’s just one of those people, you kinda just wanna give a bear hug to. Handshakes don’t really happen in the Bay Area anymore, and I imagine that’s the case for much of the world where people are following social-distancing norms. So when he reached out his hand, I was taken a back at first. I…


The heart is an interesting place. I think about how I, as a man, can engage my heart while still being a professional, a friend, a warrior, a lover, among many of the other roles I play. I wrestle in the balance of “is it always the time and place for this?” I’m realizing I’m less of a rare breed than I thought and there are men of all walks of life who know how to demonstrate this and who teach me so much. …


There are very few places left in my house that haven’t been re-organized in the last few weeks. I’ve come across some love letters from the various lovely protagonists of my past. I think I’ve always had the intention of parting with these memories, but something stops me, and I’m so glad that it does. It’s great to learn, read, integrate, and remember life exactly as it happened.

In addition to empty toilet paper shelves, cleverly designed face-masks, and rampant paranoia, another hallmark of this time: public love notes. …


At around day 10 of the order, I had big plans for what I was going to do with my new allocation of free time. I was inspired to serve, write, create, and bake sourdough bread. And then day-15 hit, and I found myself unable to budge on any of these plans. This was a creative introvert’s ideal setup, and I was living in it from within a fishbowl.


On Monday, the State of California issued an ordinance requiring six counties in the Bay Area to enforce “shelter in place”, a set of policies requiring all residents to stay at home, with an exception for those providing essential and pre-approved services. This has since been extended to the entire state. This is in an attempt to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak here in the United States. While the future is unknown, it will be there waiting for us…


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Have you ever had the burning desire to take a particular technical approach, however you realize it would severely conflict with business goals, either due…

Paul G Kist

I make things. Building an authentic, creative, playful, and healing world through arts, tech, food and community. Eng @onemedical // Founder @thenoonproject

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