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

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 in the coming year. … “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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Make a Difference

These are note I made for myself when I was considering a career change several years ago. Last week several friends indicated an interest my notes so I am sharing them here. At some point I would like to flesh this list out even more … “Make a Difference”

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Confirmation Bias and Shoes

I have been reading Thinking Fast and Slow which I would highly recommend. If you have read a summary and think you know what’s in the book you are wrong. I think it takes example after example to actually internalize how easily we are influenced … “Confirmation Bias and Shoes”

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Shopping Diet Retro June 2020

I strive to be grateful for my material possessions and not fall into the trap of consistent consumption. For the last several years I limit my purchases to consumables and replacing items that wore out for most of the year. Think of this as intermittent … “Shopping Diet Retro June 2020”

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Bugforce Scale

Bugforce Scale as proposed by Paul Wagner is an attempt to describe how annoying mosquitoes are from a qualitative perspective. An example of one of my level 9 experiences was descending into the basin holding Dick’s Lake. While walking down the trail I briefly stopped … “Bugforce Scale”

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Replace Prayer List with "Cards"

In the book A Praying Life, Paul Miller asserts that we shouldn’t focus on prayer (the method) but rather God (the object). Miller has a very high view of prayer. He expect prayer to accomplish things. Not because we are somehow manipulating God, but because … “Replace Prayer List with "Cards"”

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Build Your Life on Truth

Truth is the only thing worth standing on. Lies, falsehoods, secrets, excuses, might seem expedient, but they are like quicksand. They will drown your life if you walk in them. Lies can only hurt people and will rot away your heart and conscience. Secrets limit your ability to share fully with others and hurt your inner life until exposed by the healing light of truth and honesty.

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Packing List

The following is my typical packing list. Items “*” are optional. This list was extracted from my Packing & Traveling Light post. For a more complete description of these items see my yearly gear for life list. This list also exists as a google sheet which … “Packing List”

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Gear 2020

Making this list was originally inspired by one bag lifestyle and Tynan’s Gear posts. I hope this list might encourage others to surround themselves with items that truly bring them joy and remove items that are a burden… and not to encourage people to consume more. I used pretty … “Gear 2020”

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Family Gear 2020

Items that I removed from my personal gear list because we have them for the general family. This list is incomplete. I plan to make a complete list this year, but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I will make the complete list in 2021. … “Family Gear 2020”

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The Evolution of Cooperation

Last night I had a spirited discussion with some friends about US politics. One of our friends was expressing a concern that historically the US has been too “nice”, hopeful, helpful. We have created a culture people want to enjoy, but now we will be … “The Evolution of Cooperation”

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Eyeglasses

I am so grateful that I live in an era that can correct many issues related to poor vision!! It’s easy to take glasses for granted, but for thousands of years, people born with poor eyesight had to find ways to muddle through life, never … “Eyeglasses”

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Blinkist, Summaries, and Personal Experience

For a year I tried using the service blinkist which provides summary’s of popular non fiction books, with a focus on business and self improvement literature. I thought it would be an effective way to screen books to decide what books I would want to … “Blinkist, Summaries, and Personal Experience”

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Wine Country

You can get commercial information from NapaValley.COM.  For years, I found The Best of the Wine Country to be a useful guidebook to the area, but it’s out of date now. Wine Wine is the first order of business.  There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa … “Wine Country”

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Yosemite

Yosemite is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth. I have been then tens of times, and never tire of visiting the park. While the Valley floor can be crowded, it’s still worth visiting. For a first time visitor to Yosemite I would … “Yosemite”

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