simple pleasures – cool breeze

Nearly fifty years ago I was looking through a book of early Peanuts cartoons while I waited for my violin lesson. One of the comics showed the simple pleasure of a cool breeze on a hot day. Since that day whenever I feel a cool … “simple pleasures – cool breeze”

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Certainty

I have really been enjoying listed to Peter Attia‘s podcast The Drive. The guests are typically at the top of their fields, with both academic and practical experience in the topic they are discussion with Attia. For example someone who is well published, with a … “Certainty”

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Midlife Reset (Part III) ReThinking 10 Years Later

I often try to control circumstances in the hope that this will bring happiness and safety. I know this is foolish. Control circumstances  is at best illusionary. Striving for happiness detracts from experiencing joy which is far better. Absolute security can only come from trusting … “Midlife Reset (Part III) ReThinking 10 Years Later”

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Midlife Reset (Part II) – Money

In part I shared several of the changes that had a high impact on my mid-life reset in 2011 after my wife passed. Ten years later I am even more confident that those were were worthwhile. In this post I am going to reflect on … “Midlife Reset (Part II) – Money”

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Midlife Reset (Part I)

I recently talked with a student I mentored years ago about some mid-life course corrections he was considering. This prompted me to think about my mid-life transition in 2011-2012 as I grappled with losing Libby to cancer. The follow is a remembrance of what changed … “Midlife Reset (Part I)”

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Respectful Presence

TL;DR Treating others as valuable by taking the time to really listen and to be present in the moment is one of the most impactful practices anyone can engage in. Not thinking about what’s next. Not thinking about how to respond, but giving people our whole attention. A friend … “Respectful Presence”

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Favorite Blogs

I use feedly to subscribe to around 100 RSS feeds which generates around 400 messages a day. I scan the subject lines, open those that look interesting, and save in Evernote those that I might want to reference at a later time. In the past … “Favorite Blogs”

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Favorite Podcasts

Top The following are set to automatically get downloaded and put at the beginning of my listening queue: Up First: 15 minutes of news Monday-Saturday from NPR. Gives me a sense of what’s happening in the world without spending hours doom scrolling. Tim Ferris: Tim … “Favorite Podcasts”

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A “Digital Nomad” Experiment

TL;DR Life as a digital nomad requires you to minimize stuff so that you can increase the possibility of new experiences. For many people, the increased opportunities far outweighs the nomadic life “tax”. A digital nomad lifestyle is a great way to figure out your … “A “Digital Nomad” Experiment”

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Family Gear 2022

Several items on my personal gear list were used by the whole family, and thus, this page was born. I have excluded our furniture. We keep only those items that are useful and/or are enjoyed which allows our family to focus on doing things that … “Family Gear 2022”

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Gear 2022

Minimalism led me to simplify my possessions. Each year I review what I used the previous year to determine what changes I want to make. I strive to use items that enable me to have an a healthy, impactful life, while minimizing friction. The following … “Gear 2022”

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Personal Care Heresies

If you listen to popular culture and the ads which “inform” us about acceptable conduction you would be inclined to believe that there are numerous specialized products and activities that we must engaged in for the sake of properness. I ran a series of experiments … “Personal Care Heresies”

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COVID

TL;DR Effective contact tracing combined with quarantining individuals at risk is highly effective with the least impact to most people’s lives. COVID vaccines are highly effective. If you over 30 you should get one. For healthy people under 30, COVID has had very low mortality … “COVID”

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Against Contempt

TL;DR Contempt is extremely corrosive and will destroy relationships and society if not countered. Rather than encouraging people to repair a breach, contempt encourage people to separate, widening the gap. The solution is to truly listen to people you disagree with, looking for how you … “Against Contempt”

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Simplicity

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Aphorism attributed to Albert Einstein In the face of an ever accelerated and complex world, I have found seeking simplicity to be a shelter. Rather than getting caught up in, and reacting to our fast moving … “Simplicity”

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In Appreciation of Bono

I purchased a Boy album as soon as it was available at my local record store and became a real fan after U2 played the Agora in April 1981. At the time I couldn’t have told you why I liked U2… just that their music … “In Appreciation of Bono”

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You never know when a NPR marketplace story will be useful

Last month I heard a story on NPR’s marketplace show about how policies concerning bourbon illustrate the long standing urban-rural divide in our country. It was an interesting piece, but not one I expected would have any impact on my life. A month later some … “You never know when a NPR marketplace story will be useful”

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Gear 2021

Updated / Current List. Minimalism led me to simplify my possessions.This post is the complete list of everything I personally own. At the end of each year I review what I have used in the previous year and decide what to use, retire and add … “Gear 2021”

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Family Gear 2021

Several items on my personal gear list were used by the whole family, and thus, this page was born. I have excluded our furniture. We keep only those items that are useful and/or are enjoyed which allows our family to focus on doing things that … “Family Gear 2021”

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Favorite Movies

A friend recently asked if I could watch only one movie, what would it be. This is an incredibly hard question. In the end, my answer was the documentary Weapons of the Spirit, a story of the town Le Chambon that sheltered around 5,000 jews … “Favorite Movies”

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