Here's the Thing

Adam Bouse
I'm curious about the world. This newsletter is one way I'm sharing what I'm reading, listening to, learning, and asking questions about.
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  • “Anything you do, let it come from you. Then it will be new."
    27 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    I first experienced the work of Stephen Sondheim in 1996. It was in my freshman “Drama 1” high school class. Somewhere amidst learning the vocabulary of theater—thespian, stage right, proscenium—and o...
  • We are Meaning-Making Creatures
    07 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    In my work as a coach, we use a survey to measure how “engaged” employees are. One of the key drivers of engagement, based on research, is an individual’s sense of meaning—looking to understand if the...
  • Creating Something is Vulnerable
    27 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    I bought a new website domain a few weeks ago. Have you ever done that? It’s oddly satisfying. It’s not the first time, nor do I imagine it will be the last time. What makes it so enjoyable is that it...
  • The Text, The Experience & The Tradition
    18 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    How much can you learn over the course of 100 years? In two separate articles this past week, one on brain function and another on metabolism, scientists pointed out how they have been trying to tackl...
  • What Squirrels are Teaching Me About Choice
    15 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    This is a squirrel that used to visit my office window. I decided he was a swashbuckling hero and named him Reepicheep, after the Narnia character. There is a story/analogy about squirrels that I read...
  • The Noise of Uncertainty
    08 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    At the base of St. Mary’s Glacier in the Rocky Mountains, July 2021 There is so much noise in the world right now. It brings with it a kind of disorientation—where decision-making seems harder, becaus...
  • We Get the World We Make
    03 Jul 2021 • 7 min read
    I’m back! It’s been a very full schedule for the last few months — buying and selling a house, coaching little league baseball, my company was acquired so onboarding with a new organization, and so mu...
  • A Smörgåsbord of Quick Hits
    16 May 2021 • 2 min read
    Hey! We are in the throes of a very busy season (feels good to be able to be in one of those after a year+ of pandemic life)! So today, I’m hitting you with quick updates and a bevy of links to check ...
  • To Anyone Paying Attention
    18 Apr 2021 • 5 min read
    To anyone paying attention, this week in America was unrelenting. The trial of Derek Chauvin is happening in Minneapolis, just less than a year since the murder of George Floyd. It is undoubtedly stir...
  • This Present Moment
    28 Mar 2021 • 5 min read
    A little over a year ago, I released out a limited-run podcast entitled, “Present.” The first of what would be eleven episodes released on March 29, about two weeks after so much of our normal routine...
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