March 2, 2020

My dad died fairly young, and I'm always interested when someone who knew my dad notes something I do that's an echo of him: I remember, back in the Cleveland days, Beau's mom Judy mentioning that my stance, paging through some sheetmusic in the band room filing cabinet, really brought him to her mind...

More recently, I remember my mom commenting on a little thing I am prone to do when starting on a new beverage - take the first sip, then do a little approving nod - that that was something my dad would do.

I wonder if too, it's a small way for my inner child self to communicate with the world, or maybe to my rational self... it doesn't usually have spoken language, so gesture is its idiom, and it just wants to say, "this is good".
You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.
Not Warren Buffett, or Bruce Lee
So the attribution is uncertain, but it's not bad advice. But I'd go further: you should see if you can get to a place of logic even in response to your own emotions... that's an important milestone on the path to equanimity.
Bought a case for my iPad mini that has a slot for the Apple Pencil, a mix of trying to always have the Pencil at hand so I use it more, and then just not misplacing. Guess the case is the best bet until the make an iPad Mini Pro and the pencil sticks and charges to the side...
Anyway, really do dig the Apple Notes app. The "infinite scroll" where you can just keep adding to the bottom when scrawling notes is fun, and I like the way it think in terms of lines and strokes and not pixels.