The violence of inaction

I have been listening to a podcast by a guy named Jocko. The Jocko Podcast covers a variety of topics relating to personal growth and leadership, ranging from American military history, to the benefits of jiu jitsu, to how to help a friend veering down a self-destructive path. He peppers his discussions with what he has learned from his own experiences as a Navy SEAL team leader.

Jocko’s sheer force of will is inspiring. He’s a SEAL, after all. The values he espouses are those of methodical preparation and action, of drive and accomplishment. He speaks of the value of the “violence of action,” which in military terms means using speed, strength, surprise, and aggression to achieve total dominance against your enemy.

It’s all very American. Like the Nike slogan, “Just do it,” we are a nation of doers. We value industry – as in, industriousness. Busy-ness. Movement forward in any fashion. Movement forward just to stay still in our constant battle with entropy.

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One girl’s erratic thoughts while writing.

Creativity is a little shit.

Why doesn’t it show up like a food craving? When I want salty or sweet my gut instinct is always right. I know exactly when I need a hot tea with a warm chocolate chip cookie versus an iced tea with some hummus and chips. Writing should be that simple. But it’s distant and changes its mind. Creativity appears as a vague awareness, similar to nausea – the kind that makes you wonder if you need to eat or can’t eat. It’s unsettling and inconsistent.

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Origin Story

I’m not into superheroes, but I do enjoy a good origin story. I like to know where people come from, how they ended up where they are, and what led them to their areas of interest—professional and personal. And if you’re a writer, I especially want to know how you got started. Were you one of those kids who kept a daily journal starting in second grade, never missing an entry? Or was it encouragement from a beloved middle school English teacher? Did you have the support of parents? Or was writing almost an illicit activity, something you hid from friends and family?

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Order to Chaos—A Tiny Rant About Why Cooks (and Writers) Mmmmmmmight Be Crazy

This piece was previously published on shakeyourcookie.com, my weird blog, on 1/9/2018 with the title “Order to Chaos—A Tiny Rant About Why Cooks Mmmmmmmight Be Crazy.” I got super bored with it being a food blog so, I started to tell stories about life and cooking and other stuff so that I would start posting again and so it would be fun to write. It’s so much more fun.

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*Disclaimer: not all cooks are crazy. that’s not true. all cooks are batshit*

It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that most professional cooks are a fairly broken bunch of folks.
One could even say “mentally ill” if one was to forgo diplomacy. Having worked in kitchens for many years and living with myself for even more, I cannot debate this theory. I am, however, going to try to defend it. Or, at least myself.

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