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I’ve been on Medium since 2016, so I’m a certified old timer. But some of my best work is buried in search results. Here are links to the good stuff:


MWC: Chasing Our Legacy | Happiness: 10 Essentials | Awaken | Marcescence: Hanging On | Secret Garden


MWC: Space for…

Start over. Start simple. And learn what space can be.

North Carolina — Rush Hour © 2006 Amberwood Media

In the Western world, we often take space for granted. There’s usually enough to go around — except maybe at airports, where a six-foot radius for social distancing is getting harder to sustain.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, and that’s a dubious proposition at best, it may be…

When work dialogs run too hot, some silence — and 6 changes of mindset — can open a door to new thinking

Pulling the plug is the last resort. How else can we silence the crazy? © 2012 Amberwood Media

We’ve all been in those chaotic meetings. Everyone is talking at once. The energy is palpable. But in it’s wake, a few souls are left trampled. Still others never had a chance.

I just know there’s a better way.

Perusing an Inc. article last week, I learned Tim Cook (Apple)…

Any news yet? MWC entrants await © 2020 Amberwood Media

So how did it go?

We’re not here forever. Death awaits. So when is it too late to start measuring our value?

Twilight. A powerful metaphor for “Almost Over” © 2016 AmberwoodMedia

Living can lead to over-confidence. After all, we’re still here. We can safely declare, for the moment at least, that life goes on.

Eastern thinking has a way of cutting through that Western self-assurance, perhaps no more clearly than this:

“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Buddha

Where family comes to roost, leaving (most) differences at the door

Who’s coming for supper? © 2015 Amberwood Media

I’m definitely one for tradition. I was actually born close to the boomer / gen-X cusp, but wherever the line is drawn, I’m clearly a product of my generation.

Growing up, my family was steeped in German and Scottish traditions, infused with southern sensibilities. Holidays were for family visits, no…

Are we taking enough time to count our blessings?

Outtakes from my happy space © 2021 Amberwood Media

It’s hard to feel happy when the world is crashing down around us. If we stumble on a stray smile, we almost feel guilty. And that’s a problem:

In a world full of uncertainty, we need our happy spaces now, more than ever.

I thought making a top-10 list of…

The simple beauty of the Japanese aesthetic, on a path to mindfulness

© 2020 Amberwood Media

As popular as mindfulness has become, the path can be elusive.

Stealing a quiet moment may help us recharge, until we succumb again to our social media feeds. We cling to the next bit of information, fueled by anxiety and a near obsessive need to consume more. Any true mindfulness…

Closure for the crew of the A-Priori, learning the final dimension of Kant’s 1781 Framework

Jordan Lake, Chatham Co, NC © 2006 the author, Amberwood Media

It was a summer of adventures and some fascinating insights. Today was to be the last installment. The itinerary: a lake, a fishing boat, and the old man’s final thoughts on their favorite topic: Immanuel Kant.

The boat ride itself was not unusual for this trio. Both the old man…

The old man, the boy and the dog dive further into Kant’s Categorical Framework

Into the Deep End © 2021 the author, at Amberwood Media

It was starting to make sense. By now, the old man and the boy had grown excited about the possibilities unfolding in front of them. Step by step, they were using nature to navigate Immanuel Kant’s 300-year old model for knowledge.

Weeks back, while walking in the woods, they’d explored…

CJ Amberwood

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