Mo’s Musings

  • Excuses

    Excuses

    I’ll take “reasons I’m not as productive as I’d like to be for $500, Alex”:

  • I am the dog

    I am the dog

    I tease and occasionally get annoyed with the sweet dog who resides in my house, because there is no new person, no vaguely knock-like noise, no bell of any kind, that doesn’t send him into a fit of barking and growling. The potential threat that comes from these unknowns must be resisted, announced loudly and […]

  • How do you spend your day?

    Productivity gurus like to say we all have the same 24 hours a day, so we should all be able to achieve the same things. But can we really? How do you spend your time? Are there things on this list* you don’t do because someone does them for you? Because they aren’t required of […]

  • Building an Anti-Racism Habit

    Building an Anti-Racism Habit

    Like many well-meaning white people, I’ve been galvanized to action by the latest round of irrefutable evidence that we live in a racist society. I want to do all of the things I should have been doing for years– right now, today, and to not stop until it’s fixed. That is an incredibly foolish approach. […]

  • If you want Peace, work for Justice

    If you want Peace, work for Justice

    This phrase was plastered all over the walls of the Catholic school I attended as a child. As a white kid in a super white place with very little diversity of thought or occupation, let alone race or life experience, this thought was abstract at best: Give money to poor people who live far away. […]

  • Stuck in the Story

    Stuck in the Story

    Sometimes we are just going about our day, minding our own business when out of the blue we are “acted upon by an outside force.” A car cuts in front of us, we get bad news at work (or, more likely, vague news that we don’t know what to do with), Our spouse turns up […]