January 2019 – Clay Carson

January 2019

This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.

You can follow me more closely at my personal website or if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, you can point them to my real estate website.

Simply The Best

The Best Doesn’t Exist. 

People who are searching for good enough are not second-guessing themselves. When there’s any little imperfection, people who are searching for the best don’t say, “Well, the world has disappointed me.” They say, “I must have made a mistake.”

Barkley’s Bud

My Dad’s Friendship With Charles Barkley

I preferred the audio version to the written article, for what it’s worth.

When Charles Barkley’s mother, Charcey Glenn, passed away in June 2015, Barkley’s hometown of Leeds, Alabama, came to the funeral to pay respects. But there was also an unexpected guest.

Barkley’s friends couldn’t quite place him. He wasn’t a basketball player, he wasn’t a sports figure, and he wasn’t from Barkley’s hometown. Here’s what I can tell you about him: He wore striped, red polo shirts tucked into khaki shorts and got really excited about two-for-one deals. He was a commuter. He worked as a cat litter scientist in Muscatine, Iowa. In short, he was everyone’s suburban dad. More specifically, he was my dad.

“You know, it was obviously a very difficult time,” Barkley told me recently. “And the next thing I know, he shows up. Everybody’s like, ‘Who’s the Asian dude over there?’ I just started laughing. I said, ‘That’s my boy, Lin.’ They’re, like, ‘How do you know him?’ I said, ‘It’s a long story.’ ”

Around The Web

Book ‘Em

Bill Gates’s ‘5 Books I Loved in 2018’

Three of these are definitely on my list.

  1. Educated: A Memoir
  2. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari won me over with Sapiens and Homo Deus — the past and the future. Nice of him to make his next stop the present.
  3. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness – I’ve tried meditation and the only thing that felt like it made sense was Andy Puddicombe’s app, Headspace.

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