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Some festive Christmas cheer?

For the past few years, I've been making Christmas playlists on Spotify. Initially, they were a rambunctious rollicking roll through genres and eras, but lately they've been tending more to brooding indie rock, with some

By |2021-12-19T20:12:30+00:00December 19 2021|

Doing Dutch DIY

I hold before me a toy wooden car. It's unfinished wood. Imperfect. Heavy and clunky, like a station wagon from the 80s. But it's mine. Well, it's my children's, but I made it. I brought

By |2021-11-03T13:18:50+00:00October 17 2021|

In praise of idleness

I'm driven. I devour productivity hacks, I devote a lot of mental space to doing more, building habits, setting goals, being more efficient. Even things like meditating and yoga, which I should really do as

By |2021-08-22T13:59:29+00:00August 22 2021|

Just taking it easy

Life is good. As I type this I'm sitting in the living room of my father-in-law's weekend house in the hills of Umbria. The girls are playing by the pool, and I'm about to join

By |2021-07-24T10:30:09+00:00July 24 2021|

Setting up a Helium grid

So, I'm a Helium miner now. If you were like me three weeks ago, that sentence would make no sense to you outside the context of a sci-fi novel. But sometimes, when you're in a

By |2021-06-30T11:51:55+00:00June 30 2021|

Ryan Millar, handyman?

  I'm not much of a handyman. In fact, I dedicated a whole episode of my podcast "Remote Pep Talks, with Ryan Millar, to the subject of craftsmanship and the value of creativity in manifesting

By |2021-05-09T12:54:06+00:00May 9 2021|

The 30-Day Planking Challenge

  Today was the final day of a 30-day planking challenge, which I joined at the behest of my colleague Robbert Slooten. It was a long sweaty grueling challenge, which we documented via videos we

By |2021-04-09T10:23:36+00:00April 8 2021|

The value of the tongue twister

Tongue twisters are often thought of simply as a fun way to pass the time on a long car ride with children, for example. But they're actually an articulation exercise that helps you learn to

By |2021-04-02T12:47:16+00:00April 2 2021|