Positivity 100 – Day 6, March 31, 2018

Grateful people are rarely unhappy people; your own personal experience of life and of the lives of people close to you should reflect this. If you believe that the world owes you nothing, or at least very little, you are likely to experience everything beyond the “nothing” or the “very little” as bonus time or …

Positivity 100 – Day 5, March 30, 2018

Positivity project short update – English needs a word to describe a pleasure that is too easily forgotten.  Example: every time I clean my home thoroughly, I amaze myself at how nice it is and how foolish it was to let things go. Some combination of “amazing only to the forgetful” or something. We should …

Positivity 100 – Day 4, March 29, 2018

Thought experiment: how much less happy would you be if you lost half of your “stuff”? Americans in particular have a lot of “stuff”, even relative to income.  We have storage units and lockers to store our other stuff, stuff we barely use. Second thought experiment.  Imagine a storage unit building – it’s not hard.  …

Positivity 100 – Day 2, March 27, 2018

“In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.” – Attributed to Rabbi Hillel, Pirkei Avot 2:5. It is common enough to suggest that “someone” should do something. Perhaps it is a consequence of modern life with extremely sophisticated economies and a separation between doer and the costs and risks of …

Positivity 100 – Day 1, March 26, 2018

Linear algebra is the study of matrices, arrays of numbers that combine in specific ways.  The field has many practical applications; it is to some extent the backbone behind what gets studied as “algebra” in the 8th grade.  It is useful, for example, for counting the number of ways that someone in a large subway …

100 Days of Positivity – Welcome Aboard

We have enough negativity, right? We don’t suffer a shortage of negativity.  There are no appeals on TV to donate non-perishable negativity to the nearest misery bank. It’s always possible to go negative, be negative. Super easy for a lot of us, at times certainly including me.  If we could turn negativity into fuel, we’d …

Virgil Morant, Esq., Memory Eternal

Perhaps you will recall Virgil Morant (November 7, 1973-November 13, 2017) for his commentary on matters Orthodox, Greek or both, his occasional musings on contested cases from his small law office in suburban Cleveland. He was in demeanor an extremely gentle man, civilized, too peaceful and genteel to strike one as an attorney. He fit …