For the first time ever, I have written a post at least once a month, for twelve months in a row.

For most years, it seems I never found the time to blog during the summer, and for the others apparently winter wasn’t the right time to blog either.

I’d like to thank my family and my friends. Shout out to the two or three regular readers that may just be me testing my design in a private browsing window; this one’s for you.

Wooooo!

When you lose something dear to you, accepting the loss is always the hardest part. The wrenching feeling of it being ripped from your life leaves a hole that can’t be filled for a long time, if ever. The need to fill that hole leads to desperation, the frantic need to feel whole again.

But after a while, the desperation becomes muted and numbs the feeling of loss. The rational process takes over and tries to come up with a way to get that part back. Frustration and anger rise to the surface, because the plan doesn’t work or doesn’t seem to be working fast enough.

Finally, the loss becomes a normal feeling. It’s something that can be lived with every day, and put to the back of the mind. It’s this acceptance of loss that leads to closure. The wonderful feeling of leaving it all behind and letting yourself become whole again.

C’est la vie. It’s all about the journey.

Mailbox logo

I got into the Mailbox for Mac beta today, and gave it a try. I’ve tried the app before on my iPhone, but it never seemed useful enough to be worth the trouble of using it instead of the built-in email client.

I tend to use my inbox as a to-do list, so at first Mailbox seems like a perfect solution for me. I strive to take care of these tasks in my inbox, and my work doesn’t finish until it sits empty. This philosophy goes by the name of Inbox Zero, as made popular by 43 Folders.

What I’ve learned from first trying Mailbox on my iPhone and now on my Mac is that I’m not an email power user. I’ve never received so many emails and had so many “tasks” sitting in my inbox that I felt overwhelmed. At most, I have fewer than 10 items waiting for me.

Now that I’ve realized this, I see how Mailbox would be a godsend for a lot of email power users. The ability to quickly swipe left to delete or archive, or swipe right to deal with it later would be great if I had to deal with hundreds of emails every day.

The Verge’s review agrees with this. With this in mind, I still think Mailbox serves as an excellent email client even for a light email user like myself. Ever since Sparrow sold out to Google, I’ve been using Airmail but it’s always felt bloated and clunky to use.

My biggest problem with Mailbox when the iPhone app came out was needing to hand your IMAP credentials over (now to Dropbox) in order to use the service. It seems for Google they’re using the OAuth setup, and I assume for iCloud they’re using the same token setup Sunrise uses.

This limits the services you can use to Gmail and iCloud email, but I assume more providers will be added in the future. This ensures you only ever enter your Google credentials on a Google website, and that they don’t have to store your iCloud credentials. I’m going to try using Mailbox as a simple email client and see how it goes.

I also have three “betacoins” to give out…

Wheat Fields near Pullman, WA

Wheat Fields near Pullman, WA

Photo credit to and © Alex KT Photography.

Three years before his death, as told in an Esquire feature:

I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can’t say it wasn’t interesting. My lifetime’s memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.

I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.