Retiring

Retirement: A stage of life when you are able to invest time without being constrained by the need to earn a salary. It becomes easier to pursue things that you think are truly worthwhile without having to make compromises. I expect people who read my Midlife … “Retiring”

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Trekking Packs

I think of trekking as travel which involves a significant amount of walking while carrying all the gear you will need. Nights are spent in huts, hostels, guest houses, inns, or hotels. These trips might be a few days, or a longer trip such as … “Trekking Packs”

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Camino de Santiago

Jackie and I had hoped to walk The Way of Saint James, aka the Camino de Santiago in 2021. COVID had us cancel these plans. In the spring of 2023, God willing, we will walk the Frances Camino route. I am sharing these notes for … “Camino de Santiago”

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Peter Attia – Science of Longevity

I am a fan of Dr. Peter Attia who is a physician focused on the science of longevity.  He strives to help his patients simultaneously improving lifespan (delay the onset of chronic disease) and healthspan (quality of life). He has a podcast call The Drive where he interviews people whose … “Peter Attia – Science of Longevity”

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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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Midlife Reset (Part III) ReThinking 10 Years Later

TL;DR Community is better than being self-sufficient Transformed lives are better than many lives impacted but not self propagating We are adaptable We can be content and grateful with just the necessities Why Worry? My three rethinking posts were written at the end of December … “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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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 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 recently came across a wonderful interview which featured Eugene Peterson and Bono talking about the Psalms. I was touched by both mens’ humility, their genuine friendship, and their love for the Psalms. There is also a nice follow-up series of mini interviews between David … “In Appreciation of Bono”

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