You can count on Jacobin to offer a grinch-like critique of a mass moment like New Year’s Day. And so they did, by republishing an essay from Italian theorist Antonio Gramsci. “I hate these New Year’s,” Gramsci writes. “The date becomes an obstacle, a parapet that stops us from seeing that history continues to unfold […]
Happy new year!
Happy new year! If you’ve set any goals or targets for 2017, turn those goals and targets into plans and schedules. Hope is a terrible strategy. You need more than hope. You need a plan.” —Mike Speegle I’m in your corner. Thanks for being in mine!
Happy New Year (Farewell, 2015)
My last subscribers-only newsletter for 2015 is in Mailchimp’s publication queue right now. I’ve shared some of my lessons-learned from the year that’s past and I’m wishing all my readers and subscribers a new year of hope, expansion, and growth. If you’d like more contact from me through the year that’s just around the corner, please opt in so we can stay connected. […]
Embracing Denial and Starting Again
The first stage of grief and the first step toward health are both denial. Yet if we’re to heal, however long it takes, we can’t live in either. I’m reclaiming denial as a stage that honors the stakes of our situation. Perhaps we risk physical death. Perhaps we risk losing our sense of common identity […]
Of Circumstance and Action
In the New Year’s Eve reflection I posted last night, there are a few lines that say more about my year than anything else I wrote: All of that [skill, experience, enthusiasm, potential, will, and grit] I had, but it wasn’t enough to move me forward. Outside of the umbrella of my former university, I was […]
This was part of the last sunset of 2013. My Australian friends have been enjoying 2014 for almost a day now, but I still have a few hours to wait, work, and reflect. This Site I started mackenzian.com last January as a space for writing, exploring ideas, and connecting with others, and also as an […]