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…

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…

The Most Dangerous Word

by Max Sirak (Free audio version here. Or scroll down.) Most of us, hunters and english teachers especially, know the answer to the question, "What's the most dangerous game?" Maybe you remember reading Richard Connell's short story in middle or high school. Maybe, depending upon your age, you remember hearing Orson Welles portray General Zaroff.…

Long Live The King

by Max Sirak Happy Presidents Day, ‘Murica!!! Ah, nothing like a made-up holiday to honor the CEO of our oligarchy. Mmmm…drink it in. It goes down jagged with a bitter and retching aftertaste. Which is good. It means we're of a like mind and among friends. 3QD is a bastion of thought. It's a place…

Ch-ch-ch-changes

by Max Sirak There's a reason change is hard. It's biology's fault. Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon write in their book, A General Theory of Love, "Because human beings remember with neurons, we are disposed to see more of what we have already seen, hear anew what we have heard most often, think…