Friday, January 27, 2017

Please ‘be’ in whatever moment you see fit, Ms. Whippman (My belated response to the NYT’s Op-ed on mindfulness)

Dear Ms. Whippman: Thank you for your New York Times Op-Ed ‘Actually, let’s not be in the moment.’ I agree that the indiscriminate application of mindfulness as a solution to everything is immensely problematic. Unfortunately, you’ve avoided actual criticism of the practice of mindfulness in favor of engineered outrage, straw-man rebuttals, and poorly researched questioning of its effectiveness. This may be related to what I would describe as your rather precarious understanding of what mindfulness actually is.

Friday, January 6, 2017

An unusual New Year's resolution: more social media

This might sound a bit like someone vowing to watch more TV, eat more junk food, or spend less time with their family. Social media has become one of those guilty pleasures that people want to cleanse themselves of in the New Year. Some celebrities have become experts at quitting Facebook or Twitter by doing it three or four times. I largely withdrew from social media about two years ago for reasons that I haven't really been comfortable talking about in a public forum. I guess this is a long-winded explanation of what happened.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Attention beer drinkers: Hops are not just about bitterness

After some recent Facebook chatter about craft beers getting too hoppy, I decided I needed to brew something that would show that hoppy beers are not all about bitterness - and then write a blog post about. Oddly enough, about an hour later I popped open something in my fridge that turned out to be exactly this. In a rare instance of social media inspiring me to write something, I've suddenly been handed an opportunity to talk about hops.