Gear 2023

In December we will start seven months of travel, so I am doing my review / update a bit earlier than normal. Changes for 2023 include improving sun protection, a few purchases for walking the Camino, and streamlining for semi-nomadic life in the coming year … “Gear 2023”

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Family Gear 2023

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 2023”

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Remote College Classes are Painful

I retired this pasted summer so I would have more time to pursue my interests. I decided to sign up for psychology class at Foothill college for several reasons: I am interested in psychology, and thought having introduction class would ensure I had a broad … “Remote College Classes are Painful”

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VO2max

Athletes, especially those who engage in endurance activities are typically familiar with VO2max because it’s a useful predictor of their performance in races. As we age, VO2max is also a good predictor of what physical activities we will be able to engage in, so I … “VO2max”

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Protein!!

When I first started to learn about nutrition, I found a lot of conflicting information about protein. The USFDA recommendations were very low. Advise to body builders was extremely high. There seemed to be differing views about optimal timing, the minimum effective dose, maximum effective … “Protein!!”

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News – Favorite Traditional(ish) Media

TL;DR Many sources are bias, make sure you have a balanced diet and avoid echo chambers There is too much news for any human to bear… so you need to be selective My recommendation for minimum diet: NPR’s Up First podcast, WSJ 10-Point daily email … “News – Favorite Traditional(ish) Media”

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Retired

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 … “Retired”

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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. Early August, just after I retired Jackie and I on the same night thought “We can walk the Camino!!”. 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 (part 1, part 2, and this one) … “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 OneNote those that I might want to reference at a later time. In the … “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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