Weight of Glory

Weight of Glory is a sermon delivered by C.S. Lewis  in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford. The sermon was first published in THEOLOGY, November, 1941, and by the S.P.C.K, 1942. This and several other pieces by Lewis were combined in the book also called The … “Weight of Glory”

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Camino de Santiago

The following are notes I am pulling together for myself which might be useful to others who are considering walking The Way of Saint James. I had hoped to walk the Camino de Santiago in 2020, but that didn’t happen for obvious reasons.  I am … “Camino de Santiago”

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Books that Really Changed Me

In 2001 I created a list I called “Books that Changed Me.” Alas, the title of that list should have been “Books I Recommend“. While I believe the books in that list are worth reading, I can’t honestly say most of them have changed me. I made … “Books that Really Changed Me”

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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

Every Saturday Jackie and I take at least a couple hours to walk in one of the parks in our area or we might be further afield at some state or national park. Within a few minutes of beginning our walk I can feel myself … “Get Outdoors”

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Estimating IT Staffing

Originally Published in 1991Minor updates in 2000, 2017, and 2021 “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 … “Estimating IT Staffing”

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Great Meals

I tend to prefer mildly spicy food with complex combinations of tastes.  Southwest, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Fusion, Californian, and especially Pacific Rim.  I can enjoy classic French and Vietnamese, but the subtlety is sometimes lost on me. Great meals involve more than food. It also … “Great Meals”

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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

We live an an era which encourage us to consume ever more products, always looking for what would be better than what we have. I strive to be content with adequate shelter, clothing, and food and grateful for the material possessions which grace my life. One … “Retro on from my Shopping Diet”

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Columbus

Hmm… what to say about Columbus?  It’s flat.  The cost of living is reasonable.  It’s isn’t as backward as it used to be.  It’s the worlds largest cow town and a good place to live but a so/so place to visit.  I lived in Columbus … “Columbus”

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Health and Fitness in One Page

Over the last several years I have tried to answer the question “What is a Healthy Lifestyle?”. The following is a brief summary of what I have learned (with some minor updates added in 2022). By applying these principles I am in better condition in … “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. I have an updated this year’s gear. Minimalism led me to simplify my stuff, keeping just the items that are regularly used and give me joy. I considered … “Gear in 2018”

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Simplifying Stuff

Francis Schaeffer observed that we live in a world that worships “personal peace and affluence”. Our culture tells us that we should put comfort above all else which leads to a self centered life. Advertisers buy our attention to convince us more stuff will make … “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. Unlike some audiophiles, the audio equipment is only a means to an end and not … “Mark’s Audiophile Journey”

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Sport Watches

Minor Update: 2022 I define sports watches and wrist worn instruments which collect and display information that grants insight about health, fitness, and/or physical activities. My experience is that in most cases Garmin make the category leading watches. There are also “smart watches” which can … “Sport Watches”

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ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket Review

ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket is one of the lightest, most breathable rain jacket currently available. I originally purchased the jacket in 2016. I have made some updates my original post based on longer term use. The Norvan SL works brilliantly when biking or hiking when … “ArcTeryx Norvan SL Rain Jacket Review”

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Travel Packs

I think most people would be best served packing light, and using a carry on size “travel pack” which is a cross between a backpack and soft-side luggage.  Travel packs will often have light weight internal frames to make them easier to carry, handles on … “Travel Packs”

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Flashlights & Headlamp

Flashlights and headlamps let you continue your activities once it is too dark to see. The ability to expend the hours that we can do things is invaluable. Today, virtually all flashlights and headlamps use LEDs to produce light. I strongly encourage people to retired … “Flashlights & Headlamp”

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Knives and Other Sharps

Many activities requires cutting things. Cutting needs varies: food preparation, opening packaging, trimming material to cover a blister,  or hacking branches off a tree to build an emergency shelter. My Choice My every day carry (EDC) knife is a Victorinox Rambler Pocket Knife which is … “Knives and Other Sharps”

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Water Treatment & Containers

Next to staying warm, the most important survive and comfort factor is to make sure you drink an adequate amount of safe water. This often means you need to carry water and be prepared to treat water. Not all locations have a continuous supply of … “Water Treatment & Containers”

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