The Joy of a Good Argument

Not a week goes by when Jackie and I don’t have a serious argument…. and I am so thankful for this because our arguments grow our understanding and character. The root of our arguments is often that we see the world from different perspectives.  As … “The Joy of a Good Argument”

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Get Outdoors

One of the best things you can do for your health and wellness is spend some time outdoors among trees and other sources of natural beauty. USDA&USFS jointly published Health and Wellness Benefits of Spending Time in Nature cites a number of studies which have shown time … “Get Outdoors”

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Tarp-tents and Other Ultralight Shelters

There are a number of excellent ultralight shelters in the market today. Originally there were a small number of options, which looked like a simple shaped tarp with bug netting around the perimeter. Today  there is a whole range of shelters including traditionally designed tents … “Tarp-tents and Other Ultralight Shelters”

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Estimating IT Staffing

“How many IT staff does an organization need?” is a commonly asked and difficult to answer question. There is no magic ratio. There is no ideal staffing level. The appropriate number of a staff depends on what the IT organization is responsible for and the … “Estimating IT Staffing”

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A Tribute to Doug

Today I was deeply sadden by the news that Doug Goins had succumbed to his three year struggle with cancer. Like many people, and especially Candy, I will miss him, and look forward to seeing him in the next life. As I pedaled my way … “A Tribute to Doug”

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Retro on from my Shopping Diet

I just finish my second, one year long shopping diet. During the shopping diet I attempted to purchase nothing but food,  household consumables like cleaning supplies, and items that wore out like the tires for my bike, light bulbs for the house, or toner for … “Retro on from my Shopping Diet”

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Health and Fitness in One Page

Over the last six years I have tried to answer the question “What is a Healthy Lifestyle?”. The following is a brief summary of what I have learned. By applying what I have learned I am in better condition in my 50s than I was … “Health and Fitness in One Page”

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Gear in 2018

Great Stuff for Me and Maybe You. The complete list of gear and clothing for my life in 2018 Minimalism led me to simplify my stuff, keeping just the items that are regularly used and give me joy. I considered taking the 100 Items Challenge, but decided I … “Gear in 2018”

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Simplifying Stuff

Minimalism has become an important tool for my life. I like Joshua Becker’s definition of minimalism found on his blog becoming minimalist “The intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it”. Brian Gardner points out … “Simplifying Stuff”

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Mark’s Audiophile Journey

I am not a sound engineer or music producer. I do consider myself am an audiophile because I really care about the sound qualty of the music I listen to, but unlike some audiophiles, the audio equipment is only a means to an end and … “Mark’s Audiophile Journey”

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