Are Artists Obsolete? Has Artificial Intelligence Replaced Them?

“An A.I.-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize. Artists Aren’t Happy,” announces a recent New York Times article. The reporter goes on to say that, at a state-fair art competition, one artist won the digital-art category for an AI-generated image. Although I have no qualms about the artist submitting this piece, especially since he was up-frontContinue reading “Are Artists Obsolete? Has Artificial Intelligence Replaced Them?”

How Boomers Think

The Greatest Generation (1901-1927)The Silent Generation (1928-1945)Baby Boomers (1946-1964) As human beings, we love to categorize. But categorizing generations is only statistically convenient. We are assigned a generation according to which 16-18 year period we fall into. But in a world that changes daily – hourly – a single generation holds multiple groups that experienceContinue reading “How Boomers Think”

Why follow a routine?

What is routine? A reason to get up in the morning; to persevere throughout the day. I think that’s what it comes down to. So it’s important that the first routine be pleasant. Or productive. Which means different things to different people. My favorite start to the day is coffee on the patio; an arrayContinue reading “Why follow a routine?”

A single cardinal and idle thought

I need time away form the world’s incessant chatter. And away from the chatter in my own head. My own brain. Which is beginning to mimic the technology it’s connected to. Jumping from one thing to the next unendingly. I’ve become fearful of solitude and idle thought, and run from myself. Of course, one canContinue reading “A single cardinal and idle thought”

Free Tony Robbins Seminar, Breakthrough 2022

One morning, I woke up and realized I was invisible. I was the same person I’d been the day before, and the day before that. But I’d reached an age where employers look at a résumé and shake their heads. “Too old.” An age in which I could no longer deny senior-citizen discounts. And inContinue reading “Free Tony Robbins Seminar, Breakthrough 2022”

My head debates religion

In my mind, I debate the question of religion frequently. It’s not a daily thing, but rather a repetitive one. Buddhism American Style Within Buddhism, each major school of practice has a family tree. Through it, the teachings are traced back to the Buddha himself.  But I find myself unmotivated to learn or even careContinue reading “My head debates religion”

A Nan Buddhist Park—a place for quiet contemplation

After a recent hike, I visited A Nan Monastery and Buddhist Statue Park in Gainesville, Florida. The park has been in development since 2010. In 2011, the yellow  building was constructed, and was designed to resemble a temple in Vietnam. Although it looks small from the outside, it contains 3,144 square feet of usable space.Continue reading “A Nan Buddhist Park—a place for quiet contemplation”

Why do we have hobbies?

For the video version of this essay, scroll to the bottom for a YouTube link. One of my students asked me a question. She asked, “Why do people have hobbies?” And I started writing a reply, but it’s a complicated question. The concept of hobbies is relatively new. There was a time when survival wasContinue reading “Why do we have hobbies?”

Always Moving Forward

There are so many things I’d like to do; that I’d like to accomplish. And I think it’s time to start doing them. I don’t have to plan it all. I don’t think I can plan it all. It’s sort of like when my parents were first in business. They were in their late twenties.Continue reading “Always Moving Forward”

Reliance on a Fragile Creature

Sometimes as I walk, I find myself musing on things. On this day, I was thinking about technology and wondering how long it can last as it becomes increasingly complicated. And it’s so amaz… [Someone is passing by.] “Hi.” [Embarrassed laugh] It’s so amazing what all of this technology can do. But the frightening partContinue reading “Reliance on a Fragile Creature”