reverb10 batch two, sort of

This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? ~ Patrick Reynolds

I'm pausing for a while here. I've never thought of it that way, mind and body in some kind of baseline parallel. They're agents of one another, integrated all the time. My mind has words. My body has twitches and gulps and dilations. Mind and body have their ways of echoing need or joy or fear, as one senses in the other.

Integration sounds to me like those flashes of consciousness and elegance of being. Fresh air and a full belly, but not too full so that you have to undo a button and lie on the couch moaning. Maybe all that plus a pretty view or good company or a met-deadline or something that otherwise makes you feel pleasantly situated. That happens all the time. Little flashes, sometimes cumulative and sometimes not.

When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? ~ Scott Belsky

Draft two of my second book. A re-engineering, a mammoth, a pillage.

What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? ~ Victoria Klein

Collaborators. I express my gratitude for them by doing my best to not stake tents in their yards. These best of intentions have been proven effective 4 times out of 5 with a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.

Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. ~ Patti Digh

Help! My brain is melting.

How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? ~ Martha Mihalick

I make a point of never changing my perspective. It's much more comfortable. Unfortunately, my conviction to never change my perspective is a gradual phenomenon rather than a sudden burst. I'm not finished cementing it yet. And so several friends have caused a change in perspective under my NO MORE PERSPECTIVE-CHANGING, DAMMIT wire. This is most displeasing.

What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? ~ Tara Weaver

To speak more gently with a microphone in-hand. To remember that I'm not in my own kitchen with a beer, even if it feels that way in my head.

What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? ~ Kaileen Elise

Next year, I'd like to make some progress on our debt, taking steps so that we're not spending as much on credit line interest as we do on childcare. I'd also like to see what it's like to drive a carrot car. I imagine it would not excel at handling, particularly on the highway. In 2010 I was not successful at making progress on our debt. I tried, but a yellow worm on a monoski knocked over a truck loaded with watermelons, and the watermelons rolled down our little mountain, upsetting Mr. Orange's Apple Stand as well as all our winning lottery tickets and kidnapped rap moguls. That yellow worm's title is yet-to-be-confirmed and so for the time being, he is known locally as Mr. Author Ha! Ha! Ha! (with exclamation points).


Reverb#10 is all about hindsight and crystal balls. What about you? Reverb Lite. I like knowing what you're up to. Pick one.