Nightstand: January 27, 2018

What I'm reading, downloading, watching, or thinking about this week: 

Saturday, January 26, 2018. 11:35 am. Denver, Colorado.

Saturday, January 26, 2018. 11:35 am. Denver, Colorado.

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SuperSoul Conversations podcast, aka "Relax to the soothing sounds of Oprah's voice", aka God is not a bad word


Lately I've been devouring Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations podcasts, audio versions of the OWN television program. What resonates so deeply with me is how the program brings to light the massively different ways that wise people in our world relate to and define God.

Even as a lifelong student I've avoided explorations of this topic for fear of discovering or relating to something that runs counter to my own stubborn beliefs and attitudes. But with an open heart and mind, I've let myself absorb the words of each guest without judgment, sitting in my parked car because I don't want a particular segment to end, and considering things that I had long since shut out. 

Discovering SSC was a welcome relief after bouncing back and forth between personal development podcasts with guest after guest "on the rounds" to promote their latest book and hosts who don't give a crap. Yes, some SSC guest appearances coincide with book releases, but I find these conversations markedly different and profoundly impactful. Thanks, Oprah. What a badass you are. Rock on. 


Afterhours playlist on Spotify

Electronic or EDM isn’t for everyone, but Afterhours is a compilation of steady-state beats that help me focus and get in the zone. Which is congruent with...


The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

First, this book isn't about art. Not really. It's for anyone who wants to create anything of significance (an excellent spreadsheet, an heirloom quilt, a flawless family schedule, the next Infinite Jest) but hasn't yet accepted that to do any of these things you have to stop bitching, get your ass in the seat, and DO THE WORK. Pressfield doesn't hold your hand and tell you that you're awesome, he explains why your procrastination is resistance and your resistance is fear.

I'm still trying to mindfully work some of this out, but most of my procrastination stems from fears including failure, inadequacy, imperfection, or external judgment. Each time that I start writing a new pattern the same fears come up and my first inclination is to avoid them. Avoidance is resistance. Resistance is fear.

Pressfield writes: "Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it's the easiest to rationalize. We don't tell ourselves, "I'm never going to write my symphony." Instead we say, "I am going to write my symphony; I'm just going to start tomorrow."

Trust me. Good stuff. 

And now what you really came here for... 



Doesn't she look cute? 

Doesn't she look cute? 

Last week I discussed my love for condiments. "Love is patient, love is kind".... and LOVE IS GARLIC TABASCO. And Garlic Tabasco is proof that the-God-as-I-choose-to-define-it loves me. 

Sorry, Garlic Tabasco is not the condiment of the week though it is very good (and infinitely better than classic Tabasco). 

No, the condiment of the week.... is.... 

Frankie V's Kitchen Wasabi Green Thai Chili Hot Sauce

Now that's a damn mouthful! 

Frankie V's is another Safeway condiment aisle discovery. (Thanks, Safeway!) AND it also happens to be another Texas-based and even DALLAS-based brand. (My people. Condiment lovers.) 

Who is Frankie V? CraveDFW describes Frankie as a "local renaissance man" (sidebar: who also happens to have quite the head of hair... must be all that hot sauce), but the Dallas Morning News did a better job of actually explaining what that means

Two cents: I didn't taste wasabi at all, but it does taste distinctly "green" (probably because the first ingredient is green onion) and has a nice even heat that doesn't outstay its welcome.

I would love to dip a grilled cheese sandwich in it. Try it. Grilled cheeses are the perfect medium for condiments.