David Johnson

It’s Saturday morning, pouring with rain outside, and those two fit my mood perfectly. The forecast is for a wet day, a day for hunkering down. 🌧

After seeing copious mentions of this book online, I am currently reading: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman 📚

Wordle 295 3/6 ⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛ 🟩🟩🟩⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Just a little bit of luck involved in this one today.

This came to me this morning as I was reflecting on motivation. You don’t stop because you are not the best. You keep going because you are doing what you love.

Nature is an amazing thing. I’m seeing more of these fungi growing out of the mulch in our garden. Some searching online revealed that they are ‌Aseroe rubra, more commonly known as Anemone Stinkhorn or Starfish Fungus. They omit a foul smell that attracts flies through the black, sticky, spore …

Finished reading: Reconciliation by Thich Nhat Hanh 📚

I bought a paper shredder yesterday and have spent some time going through paperwork that I want to get rid of securely. I find something deeply satisfying about watching the papers being chewed up into a pile of little pieces.

The timing and professionalism of this piece of presenting. While I can’t remember this particular shot, I do remember growing up watching James Burke on British television. His skill was in making science subjects accessible to the ordinary person. I’m sure that he played no small part …

Well this was unexpected! Pink Floyd re-form to support Ukraine

I watched Windfall on Netflix last night. A thriller based around the story of a man who breaks into the holiday home of a tech billionaire and his wife when they are not there, and then they show up. I was disappointed by it. I couldn’t always believe the characters, some plot lines felt thin …

Those Moments Where Your Life Changes Forever

Some days something happens which changes our lives forever, even if in that moment we are unaware of what the consequences will be. Sometimes that change will happen consciously, being planned and prepared for. Other times life just throws them upon us unexpectedly and possibly, in that moment, …

The aloneness of early morning. Sitting and reflecting on what is important, what resides in the heart , however deep While the rest of the world sleeps.

I step outside this morning to drink my coffee, a US Citizen. More later...

Sometimes I come across a quote, a few words in a book or online, that are just what I need to hear in that moment. I came across these words today, When we make it safe to fail, We make it safe to succeed. ~ Kobi Yamada They struck me, struck a cord, and a single read through is not enough. I am …

This was not a large puzzle, both in physical size and in terms of number of pieces - one hundred - and subsequently did not take long to finish. The puzzle was not a big challenge. No, what drew me to it was the striking depiction of a Japanese Macaque. 🧩

Very early hours at the airport. My Uber ride drops me off and I walk into a checkin hall unusually quiet. People sleep across chairs. People sit quietly. Lights are dimmed. Officials arrive at the checkin desk, passengers jump up and hover, waiting for desk to open. I am quickly checked in and it …

Deja vu of Britain on the back streets of Porto.

Well we just experienced our first meal delivered by Uber Eats. Living on Maui, if such exists, I am unaware of it. But on a wet night in Porto we canceled our dinner reservation and had the meal delivered to us. Much gratitude to the motorcyclist out on this very damp night.

Another beautiful sunset over Porto this evening.

The Sahara’s presence was still felt here in Porto today at the Cemitério do Prado do Repouo. The Carmelite Church in Vitória, Porto. And a side wall of that same church. This evening a fierce red sunset over the Atlantic ocean courtesy of a dance between the sun, Sahara and the atmosphere! …

This morning’s view, the Ponte Dom Luís bridge from over the rooftops in Porto, Portugal.

Honey on a Razor's Edge

Mindfulness is available to us at all times. I say that to myself - and then I forget. The opportunity is there, and then it is gone. Too late. Feels like too much effort. Or something puts in an appearance that has more icing on the top, or at least appears to and feels easier to consume - but …

I’m sad to be missing most of Micro Camp over the next two days. Important family commitments will be pulling me elsewhere. Thank you to @manton, @jean and all the presenters for making this year’s Micro Camp happen. I’ll look to check out the videos later.

Currently reading: Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh 📚

A friend sent this video taken from her house in a remote part of West Maui. The house is on a cliff that surrounds a bay and at this time of year whales come into the bay with their young. The sound like a fog horn that can be heard in the video, is from the whales. You can also make out where some …