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Brainpickings

By Michael Maddaus / November 3, 2019 /

Hello Friends, Just a quick note to tell you about a wonderful website and newsletter that you may like. It is called Brainpickings and it is written by Maria Popova. I was prompted to write to you because of a recent post by her that is a distillation of “Life-Learnings” from her 13 years of…

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How To Design Your Personal Operating System

By Michael Maddaus / October 27, 2019 /

In a previous post, I argued that for most of us, our personal OS is an unintentional amalgamation of habits born from the chaotic interplay of our our genetics, family culture, and life/work experiences, represented graphically by this venn diagram.  It’s as if you are squeezed out of the womb as a newborn onto the…

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You Are Not The Problem

By Michael Maddaus / October 18, 2019 /

I was a believer in free will until I found myself addicted to prescription narcotics. Everyday I counted out the tablets, everyday I promised to cut back the number I took the next day, and everyday I failed. The demoralization was staggering. This was a blow to my cherished belief in Free Will. I had…

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What is Your Unique Personal Operating System?

By Michael Maddaus / October 11, 2019 /

Eight years ago, at 57 years old, I found myself “stranded” on an island of isolation, loneliness, and existential angst, despite having all of the outward signs of great success. How did I slowly drift to this island, without even realizing it? The journey started once the hazy bubble of my childhood ignorance popped and…

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How to Make Compassion Your Personal Pain Reliever

By Michael Maddaus / October 2, 2019 /

Seven weeks ago my wife’s father was admitted to a memory care unit in a nursing home. He had started hallucinating 5 months ago and the hallucinations and subsequent disorientation progressed, promting a hospital admission, where the formal diagnosis of dementia (they were not sure which type) was made, after which he was transferred to…

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