Anger Management

anger management

Apart from being the title of a popular movie with Jack Nickolson, anger management is also a skill. One that is very useful. And one that I was very bad at in my early days. Still learning about this, by the way, and still have a long way to go, but making progress. Anger is … Read more

Placebo, Nocebo And The World At Large

We all know what the placebo effect is: if you’re told you’re getting a good medicine, you’re getting better, even if in the medicine is just some inactive compound mixed with sugar. What is less known, though, is that there is a counterpart of this, called the “nocebo” effect. If you’re told you’re going to … Read more

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

It may be that the memory of the last marathon is still very fresh – it’s been just 3 days since I finished it. Or it may be that I’m once again caught in a whirlwind of intricacies that I have to solve, papers that I have to obtain, deadlines that I have to meet, … Read more

First Official Marathon In The “New Normal”

Today I finished the Lisbon Marathon. It was my first official race of this length since the Covid clusterfuck unfolded (just for clarity, when I’m referring to this as a “clusterfuck”, I’m referring to the way it’s handled, and how the powers in charge are piggybacking this black swan event to tighten control and restrict … Read more

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. Zen quote When I first heard this, I strangely resonated with it. Just the sequence, the words, what it implied in the moment, everything just felt ok. Over the years, I went through many levels of understanding. From this point of view, it’s … Read more