February’s Feeture

by Max Sirak Step-by-step, breath-by-breath, thought-by-thought, our feet carry us toward our future. (How Things Find Us, Kevin Dann) All of our contact with the world starts with our feet… (Yoga Ranger Studio, Aprille Walker) They are our vehicle. They move us in any direction we choose. They are the first impression we make. They…

It’s The Future

by Max Sirak “Once in while you get shown the light / In the strangest of places if you look at it right.” The Grateful Dead sing that. It’s a line from Scarlet Begonias that goes through my mind in moments of pleasant surprise. And, as this essay is all about an instance of encountering…

An Ode To Joy

by Max Sirak As we approach the end of the year, it’s that time again. Not to flip the page to the next month, but to buy a new calendar. (Who am I kidding? It’s probably only me and your grandmother who still uses paper wall calendars…) And also to reflect.  I learned a lot…

Love and Grapes

by Max Sirak Last fall, after a day spent hiking around the neighborhood, I ended up back on my porch with my buddy, Chef Mike. We were drinking beers and chatting about life. We covered a lot of ground. Both in our walks and our talks that day. Mike was getting ready to move. He’d…

Hitting The Reset Button

by Max Sirak One of the things I love about sports is they’re a low-stakes environment in which to practice high-stakes skills. For most people, most of the time, the results of a sporting match don’t affect the long-term quality of their lives. This is what I mean by “low-stakes.” In the grand scheme and…

Endings Ain’t Easy

by Max Sirak I’m pretty crappy at taking my own advice. Back in November of 2016 I wrote a column titled “What To Do With Our Expectations.” In it I wrote about the importance of not judging events by their outcomes and I outlined a strategy for doing so. But it turns out, surprising no…

Conversational Contraception

by Max Sirak (Look…er…Listen! It's a free audio version for all you on-the-go…) Conversations are like sex. There's a safe and unsafe way to go about them. Today I'm going to share with you a way to protect yourself against unwanted communicational repercussions. But, before we get there, I'd like to take a moment to…

Driftin’ And Dreamin’

by Max Sirak John Perry Barlow (JPB for short) died earlier this month. And, in honor of his passing, but more in remembrance of his life, I want to dedicate my little sliver of cyberspace, a realm he was passionate about, to highlight three pieces of his writing and thought. First, a political document; second,…

Symmetry and Parallels

by Max Sirak (Click here or scroll down for audio version.) "As above, so below" is possibly the best known Hermetic aphorism. The phrase itself comes from The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. An actual tablet that was translated into Latin during the 12th Century and quickly became a favorite of medieval alchemists, and then…

Puppy Kisses

by Max Sirak (Audio version available. Click here or scroll down) Last month I told y'all about my five favorite things. "Timing" made my list. Specifically, how much I love it when events seem to fall in spacetime together by chance. For example, this past Friday, I was explaining to a friend the column I…