Weekly Musings

Thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days

This week's letter is something of a continuation of last week's. Well, I guess it takes the idea from my previous musing and points it in a slightly different direction. Regardless, what you're about to read further illustrates how the power behind the concept of small has grasped my imagination.

Let's get on to this week's letter, shall we?

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

I like to think of myself as a minimalist. No one of those 100 things or less minimalists, but someone who is trying to figure out just how much he really needs. I've still got wee ways to go, but I think I'm doing a pretty good job of paring my life down to its essentials. In that way, and other ways, I tend to think small.

Over the last seven days, I've been pondering the idea of small. It's those thoughts that spawned this week's letter.

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

This week, I've dug up another old idea and shaken some of the dust off it. It's an idea that I think is very relevant to our times, perhaps even more than when I originally conceived the idea.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's letter.

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

This week, an idea that's been knocking around in my head has finally come to a stop. With that stop came the urge to write about it. That idea is somewhat contrarian, but isn't that what this letter is for sometimes?

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With that out of the way, let's get to this week's letter.

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

In this week's letter, I ponder something that hits very close to home for me. No, make that it hits right at home. You'll understand once you start reading.

So, let's get to it, shall we?

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

Last week, a friend in the old country told me about some disturbing news. In Ontario, Canada, one of the many cuts the Ford government has made has been to libraries. With those cuts, libraries all over the province can't afford to continue their inter-library loan programs and abruptly cancelled those programs. That's a pretty big blow, and it's news that jarred some thoughts and ideas loose in my brain.

Which leads us to this week's letter ...

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

What I had intended for this week's letter just refused to come together. It's about 50% there, but stuck in a holding pattern. That's OK, because I was able to dip into my archives and dig up another essay. I hope you enjoy it, dust and all.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's essay.

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

This time 'round, I'm going a bit meta: writing an essay about newsletters in this newsletter. Bet you didn't see that one coming! I hope this edition gets you thinking, not just about newsletters but online publishing in general.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's essay.

Over the last few days, a couple of ideas have been knocking about in my head. They've been desperately grappling and struggling for supremacy. The idea that I didn't expect to come out on top actually made the other one tap out, which means it's the right idea for this week.

It's funny how that works, isn't it? Which makes these offerings from my keyboard a bit more interesting and surprising. At least, I hope they do.

With that out of the way, let's get going shall we?

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

This time 'round, I'm going a bit meta: writing an essay about newsletters in this newsletter. Bet you didn't see that one coming! I hope this edition gets you thinking, not just about newsletters but online publishing in general.

With that out of the way, let's get to this week's essay.

On Newsletters

You might not know this, but Weekly Musings is my second kick at the newsletter can. The first time around, I burned out. It wasn't the newsletter — I kind of burned out with all the writing I was doing.

In the weeks leading up to the first edition of Weekly Musings (and just about every week since then), I pondered newsletters and why they're becoming popular again. And why newsletters seem to be, or at least are becoming, what blogging used to be.

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Welcome to this edition of Weekly Musings, where each week I share some thoughts about what's caught my interest in the last seven days.

As I may have mentioned in a previous edition of Weekly Musings, I became a citizen of New Zealand in March, 2019. I'm proud to call this country home, even with its problems and shortcomings.

I always have, though, admired the quiet strength of the people of this land and, especially, the people living in the city of Christchurch. It's that strength I want to pay a short tribute to with this week's letter.

On Resilience

Confession time: Christchurch is one city in New Zealand that has never had much of a pull on me. I'm not sure why. I like the city, but it never sparked my affection in the way that, say, Wellington or Oamaru have.

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