Christmas Routines
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
1M ago
Here we are. The day after Christmas. And still, another Monday. Another start to the week. Mondays are when I schedule every post to deliver because they are the most mundane of the calendar week. It is the day that resets the routine. That is especially true on a day after Christmas. That is quite a reset. Christmas works so well because it is the antithesis of routine. What other calendar day are school children awake before their parents? When Monday comes we have nothing but a sugar hangover, clean up to do, and exhausted kids. The magic of the holidays has been winning me over as the yea ..read more
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Curiosity
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
2M ago
It takes me one hour to write each blog post. I’ve measured this time interval down to the minute in my years as a blogger. And while I don’t track the wordcount as I type, I only publish posts that exceed one thousand words. They don’t have to far exceed that count, but they must exceed it. The reason I make sure blog posts have that wide berth is because of the nature of the form. Like all literature, blogging has a form. There is a reason publishers do not want to work with debut novelists whose first novel is over 100,000 words. A debut novelist is just exploring the form for the first tim ..read more
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Variables
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
3M ago
On October 13, I celebrated 15 years of continuous sobriety. Nice, right? The length of time no longer surprises me. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. It’s not good to get too comfortable in sobriety, that’s for sure. I’ve witnessed plenty of individuals who have felt so confident in their sobriety that they drink. If this seems counterintuitive to you, it’s likely that you haven’t spent much time in relation to an addict or in reading this blog. We are the types of people who put the “intu it” into counterintuitive. I hope that the reason I lose track of this milestone’s sig ..read more
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Senseless
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
4M ago
The best things in the world don’t make any sense at all. And yet, somehow, we don’t value what doesn’t make sense. This explains virtually every advent of technology. The market to make living more sensible will never falter. I experience this basic human need to reason in the classroom. Students unfailingly crave the sure thing. They want to be told exactly what they need to get a good grade. Surety, in this regard, is a powerful tool. Students are willing to hang on every word if they believe that every word you say later could be rearranged into successful answers. Some students are so har ..read more
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Personality
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
5M ago
I’ve been thinking back to some of my favorite 90s movies. Do you remember Heat? That was a quality flic. I was compelled to share in a meeting that addiction feels like a scene in that movie. Deniro’s character tells Pacino’s character to not get attached to anything he can’t walk out on in 30 seconds flat if he feels the heat around the corner. When you are suffering from addiction, no attachment matters as much as your attachment to what you are addicted to. This, I think, explains so much of what is inexplicable in the personality of addiction. There is no sense in reasoning with someone w ..read more
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Solo
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
6M ago
I was home alone for three nights last week. This length of solitude is so rare for me that I can recall exactly when it happened last. This is even easier to remember because the last time I was solo for so long a stretch I came up with the name for this blog: the Miracle of the Mundane. That post, published years ago, was about the uncanny experience of anticipation. I realized then that the most exciting part of going solo was the time leading up to my family’s departure. It turned out to be more fun to think of all I could do than to actually do any of it. This is true of life, I’ve found ..read more
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Mundane-verse
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
7M ago
Welcome to the mundane-verse. It is an intricate and delicate system — a time-bending affirmation of existence — a fourth dimension of rapture — a profound ancestral imprint — it is everywhere and everything — all the time — all at once. Can you feel it yet? I was recently tasked with removing a fallen tree from that fell near a cabin in the woods.  Such a rare opportunity — a chance to do the work of my forbearers. The Steinbrener voiced by Larry David in Seinfeld described the unique joy of eating soup in a bread bowl, how you eat the soup, then the bowl, and nothing else remains. So it ..read more
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Back for More
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
8M ago
Guess who’s back? Technically, I never left. But many of you now reading this post haven’t received anything from me in four months. I can explain. My goal has always been to offer something rare on the internet. A free service that doesn’t bake your cookies or track your keystrokes or locate your exact position on this broad-girdled earth. But bringing you truly free posts has its cost: my negligence.  Over the course of this year, the technology I use to bring you The Miracle of the Mundane has gone through auto-updates that disrupted the delivery of the monthly blog. I noticed somethin ..read more
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Born to Run
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
10M ago
My two year old doesn’t walk; she runs. She runs from anything to anywhere at all times.  And following her can be futile and exhausting.  Imagine those little grabby hands of furry uncapping every marker in the art cart one minute, then running outside to test her balance on the concrete steps the next. Do you cap the markers or chase her outside to make sure she avoids a somersault of doom? Life with the nugget feels like unending reruns of those superhero dilemmas: the police commissioner or the girl, the choice is yours.  These decisions exhaust me, mentally. And chasing her ..read more
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Challenge
The Miracle of the Mundane
by Mark Goodson
11M ago
This post finds me in my last hour of spring break. Sixty minutes remain in my paid vacation. With the last Monday of the month on the horizon, I knew I needed to take this interval to create a blog post, something to keep the miracle of the mundane afloat. Usually, in the course of the month, a topic or theme emerges. I used to write for the website with much more regularity. For a year I wrote two posts a week. Then I started writing a post a week, then two posts a month. Now I am down to one post per month. And yes, I have felt, with increasing frequency, that this whole experiment, this bl ..read more
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