HUBRIS: 18 October 2020

Welcome to HUBRIS: 18 October 2020 edition, the weekly newsletter where in my foolish self-confidence I believe I’ve written things worth reading.


Monday and Tuesday have officially become Coffee & Danish Days. For breakfast, we have coffee and some sort of pastry we picked up on our Sunday outing. This will be accompanied by fruit and nuts, so that it’s not entirely devoid of nutrition. The concept is to make things easy on those days, so I can basically sit down and eat with no effort involved.

On Sunday, I cook. Pancakes for breakfast, something special for dinner, and anything I’m pre-making in bulk for the coming week. While I clean as I go, I often run out of spoons with some dishes left in the sink. When I get up on Monday, the last thing I want to do is clean the kitchen right away. Later in the day, sure, but not when I first wake up. Coffee and danish and fruit and nuts to the rescue.

Tuesday is laundry day. I book the laundry room for the moment it opens. This apartment complex is filled with university students, some of whom either can’t grasp or simply ignore the reservation system. Later in the day, people just wander in, see an empty machine, and use it. Which is not how it works here. So by being the first one in the door, no shenanigans.

This means I’m up an hour earlier than usual. I’m groggy. I don’t want to be bothered making breakfast when I’m making several trips up and down the stairs. There might not be time to cook and eat before I need to change out a load. I’m still hungry and in need of caffeine. Coffee and danish and fruit and nuts to the rescue.


Lately I’ve been thinking about what a revolution blogging was, once. Anyone could sit down, write, and share it with the world. We still can, of course; here we are. It was quickly overwhelmed by a glut of ill-conceived blogs. There were topics that weren’t sustainable. Some people said what they wanted to say and got out. Others tapered off, or died quickly, as life intruded and people couldn’t keep up with the discipline of daily blogging.

All of which was natural, and felt okay. Every fad does that. People figure out the medium, and what it can do, and experiment. Some of it sticks, some of it doesn’t. Now people say that blogging is dead, which, again, isn’t true. It’s nowhere near the nadir some folks would have you believe. What killed it was microblogging, aka social media. Why bother writing a full post when you can blurt it out in a couple of lines, or better yet, just link to something someone else wrote.

Sometimes, though, we benefit from doing things long-form. We need to put in the work, as both creator and consumer. Do the research. Consider your position, and make your point. This could turn into another rant about reading and critical thinking, but I’ve done enough of that. I just want a resurgence of blogging in the zeitgeist.


Conventional wisdom basically says you should keep one eye on gratitude at all times. Mind your negative thoughts. Be gracious. Think about what Mister Rogers or Bob Ross would do. Under normal circumstances I would tend to agree. 2020 is not, in any way, by any definition, “normal”.

I’ve gotten some pushback on the crabby tone of my latest Fiction Friday post. How dare I shame people for not reading, or only reading fun, feel-good stories. They’re only seeking some escapism in dark times! There’s nothing wrong with that, so I should back off.

Yeah, so if we’re going to survive, let alone thrive, we need to fight back against the anti-intellectual, science denying, conspiracy-gullible zeitgeist that’s destroying the world. We need to be better. We need to be smarter. Art and culture have to be preserved. Critical thinking skills, empathy, and compassion for people unlike ourselves have to be carefully cultivated. How do you do that? READ LITERATURE!

This is a hill I’m willing to die on.

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Berin Kinsman is a writer, simple living minimalist, and spoonie. By day he works as the owner/publisher at Dancing Lights Press. An American by accident of birth, he currently lives in Finland with his wife, artist Katie Kinsman.

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