Month: March 2024

  • Silence can save us

    Ever since my class, “The Practice of Silence,” I am convinced more and more of the power of silence, and also it’s difficulty. Silence has a bad rap these days. My sense is that it is more than it has had in previous generations. But in either case, it is a hard sell. For one,…

  • Building a Writing Studio

    Building a Writing Studio

    Two years ago, Wess surrendered his home office for his daughter’s bedroom, sacrificing his personal workspace. After enduring makeshift workstations, Wess embarked on a sabbatical to dedicate time to writing. He recalls past workspaces before deciding to construct a custom studio. With family and friends’ aid, including his father-in-law’s pivotal role, Wess built the studio,…

  • Looking for Privacy Focused Blogging Platforms

    My beloved WordPress is becoming more and more corporate and finding more and more ways to tie data-tracking and AI into their product. I’ve used the self-hosted WordPress install for most of my blog’s existence, but even this version of the platform is showing signs of data-mining, namely the many ways “Jetpack” is interwoven into…

  • On The Rebound

    My son has recently gotten interested in basketball. This has had an unintended consequence for me too. Up until now, he has not showed much interest in it but he has made friends at his new school who invited him to join the 5-6th grade basketball team. One weekday evening in early February he let…

  • Riding Uhwarrie National Forest

    During a sabbatical, the writer seeks adventure by exploring Uhwarrie National Forest’s gravel roads and trails by bike. Starting from Hunt Camp, they adapt a route change due to construction, enjoying serene 68-degree weather and 20-25 miles of challenging terrain including a tough Falls Dam trail. The excursion concludes with relaxation at a local brewery.