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Duende is a weekly email that explores what gives meaning to our lives. This search is an ongoing struggle. Spanish poet Federico García Lorca named this fight 'duende'. It is that space that exists within us all, and must be wrestled with before we can unearth it.
Aug
14
Duende45: Late blooming

Duende45: Late blooming

I'll be honest, this week has been tough. There are moments when I question why I keep writing. These moments
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Aug
07
Duende44: Talking out of school

Duende44: Talking out of school

I am staking my claim in the ground. Planting my flag. This is happening, and I am part of it.
2 min read
Jul
31
Duende43: Dig a grave

Duende43: Dig a grave

One of my foremost memories is of my pet budgie "Cecil". He was a slender green and yellow bird. He
3 min read
Jul
24
Duende42: The duende of writing.

Duende42: The duende of writing.

But why have the Lorcian fight in the first place? What is it that compels us, as a species, to
2 min read
Jul
17
Duende41: Mise-en-place

Duende41: Mise-en-place

Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik was out for lunch with her colleagues in Berlin. They were fascinated by the waiter's ability
2 min read
Jul
10
Duende40: Think like Monet

Duende40: Think like Monet

In Dunde39, we explored not only the beauty of stupidity, but of breaking down ideas to core units so that
3 min read
Jul
03
Duende39: In Admiration of Stupid

Duende39: In Admiration of Stupid

I'm a big fan of stupid. Big big big fan. Someone can always find the epitome of stupid with the
3 min read
Jun
26
Duende38: Bridges as metaphors for metaphors

Duende38: Bridges as metaphors for metaphors

The solstice has come and gone. The earth will shift on the 23.4 degrees axis back towards the equinox.
2 min read
Jun
19
Duende37: The skill of being skillful

Duende37: The skill of being skillful

Aristotle once wrote that "we become builders by building and we become harpists by playing the harp." He was referring
2 min read
Jun
12
Duende36: Think like a grandmaster

Duende36: Think like a grandmaster

There is a moment, early in Walter Tevis' novel 'The Queen's Gambit', when young Beth Harmon is learning chess from
3 min read