Weekly Musings

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

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 addition to sending out this letter each week, I read more than a couple of email newsletters. Some are just link stations, while others go into a bit more depth. It's the latter that sometimes spark ideas in my little ol' brain.

And it's something I read in one of those letters that prompted me to write this week's musing. So, shall we get going?

On Disengaging

The last 15 years or so have been ones of change. Especially in the way in which we communicate and engage with others.

The advent of the smartphone rang in an age in which we're constantly connected, constantly available, and constantly distracted by the devices we carry with us each day. Smartphones have faded the lines between work and leisure, between ourselves and the rest of the world.

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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'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?

Small, Mobile, Self Contained

There are times when something we read has a profound impact and influence on us. For me, that came with a magazine article I read in 1979. That article was an interview with guitarist Robert Fripp, best known as the founder and leader of the band King Crimson. The magazine, a long-defunct publication called Future Life.

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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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