A chapter-by-chapter recounting of the hope I find in A People’s History of the United States.
but I’m finding so much hope in every chapter.
Maybe it’s because my book club just finished Hope In The Dark; maybe Solnit’s thoughts on hope should be a precursor for any who fear they’ll be worn down by all the death and oppression documented in A People’s History.
And there is death and oppression. So much. We all know how awful humans can be to each other; this book tells those histories honestly.
But it doesn’t linger on violence or have an interest in judging history’s wrongdoers. …
An update to so you’re convinced that learning web development might be cool but you literally have no idea what even. I wrote that one in 2015, which was a whole different world.
I know a high-schooler working a receptionist job at my coworking space for the summer. Sometimes she’s bored at work. This is for her, but also for you, if you care about my thoughts on how to get started.
With the little bit of summer you have left, complete all of the following:
My first recommendation is to learn a little bit of web design, as opposed to web development. The two go together well. This email course from Designlab will take about 30min a day for seven days—not bad! And you’ll be able to make some great-looking designs and start getting precise with that app idea you have. I had a lot of fun with this course. …
You are a monolith
towering over the landscape
there are thousands
of rooms in your body; it takes days
to get from one end of you to the other
your inner vastness
Climb from the edge of your scalp
to its peak.
Clamber through the intricate terrain.
Take it slow. Take it in.
So much unutilized headspace.
How did we not notice this before?
Your kingdom is
Go wander its forests.
Exalt on its mountaintops.
Find something new in yourself today.
Tips for learning web development on your own
I mentor for an online dev bootcamp. I recently had a student drop out of the program. He was feeling frustrated by the curriculum, and thought maybe he could learn better on his own. Here’s my parting advice to him.
You have demonstrated that you are fully capable of learning web development and doing good work. If it helps, I wrote an article years ago to help self-guided learners, and it’s still pretty relevant. It’s called
So you’re convinced that learning web development might be cool but you literally have no idea what even. …
This is the scenario we had with Entire.Life. When people first signed up, the first thing they saw was a big, empty chart. A little overwhelming! We wanted to help add things to it quickly, to give them an idea of the sorts of life events they might want to track. So we wanted to ask questions like
A pep talk from me-a-year-from-now. For present me, but for you too.
Each year, in Susannah Conway’s Unravel Your Year workbook, she invites me to step into the shoes of me-a-year-from-now and give some advice to present me. “You are one year older and one year wiser,” she prompts, and there’s “stuff you’re eager to tell yourself.”
Of course, if I really got to do this, I’d want to tell myself about natural disasters, political turmoil, relational strife that could be so easily avoided, and investment opportunities!
This morning in church I wrote a poem/prayer instead of listening to the pastor.
you may enjoy starting your Christmas meditation with this. Then you can call your silence “Centering Prayer” or “Contemplative Prayer” instead of “meditation.” It’s all pretty similar.
O Ruler of the Universe—
you subvert our earthly power struggle.
You do not tear down the empire with a more noble violence.
You tear it down with an ever-offered, all-welcoming invitation.
You do not enter our world as a monarch,
but as a self-emptying, all-sacrificing love.
O Source of All—
You are born in us with our each inhale.
Let us be quiet enough to hear you. …
I misled you in my last post. I advertised that I was reading the 2nd edition of this book, but I had in fact read Edition 1.
Why did this happen? Because I started reading the online version before the paperback came in the mail, thinking that it was the most recent version.
On a schedule! We made ourselves a syllabus. We have one week of wiggle room in order to finish the whole book before Christmas. We scheduled ourselves little half-hours of discussion, three times per week. …
I don’t really believe there is such a thing as “the free market.” A market isn’t something that exists in nature; it’s a construct of human societies, and we all agree on the rules of it together. And ever since Europe invented nation-states a few hundred years ago, we have agreed on those rules via government. The rules of the market have changed throughout time, but there must always be rules. What is considered property? (This has changed drastically in the past 100 years.) What to do about bankruptcy? What is considered a monopoly? What is the enforcement mechanism? …