Here’s an idea: let’s get rid of alarm clocks. Let’s sleep when we’re tired and get up when we’re rested.

Let’s be unproductive. Let’s play more. Let’s make music and art, and plant things, and have hobbies again. Hobbies are fun. Let’s have some fun. It’s been a hard couple of years, friends. I think it’s time to take this sad song and make it better.

I’ve been writing about getting rid of alarm clocks in one form or another since I started my first Blogger blog in 2006.

Early on I wrote about unschooling. And while I’ve wandered into different territory over the years, the principles of unschooling — that learning is lifelong, that curiosity is everything, that coercion is the mind-killer — continue to inform the way I think and the things I think about.

Work and livelihood are subjects I return to again and again as I learn and re-learn how to give the world what it seems to want from me.

I share poems, too, because poems are the shorthand of the soul.

I’m not a consistent blogger. If you’ve been reading here awhile, you know this. I go dark for months at a time. In the end, though, the desire to write and post and engage with people like you persists, and so I come back and re-introduce myself and begin again.

I don’t use social media, so you can’t follow me or like me or DM me on any of those platforms (sorry-not-sorry) but you can follow this here blog. Drop your email, hit subscribe, and look for me in your inbox. I’ll show up, sooner or later.

Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you’re here.