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Let’s start by doing a full-disclosure: if you decide to use this review to purchase Working on the Road, I will get a cut. In fact, I’ll get a bigger cut than the folks at Unconventional Guides (because Chris is cool like that). I also was given a preview copy of the Guide for review […]

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Misremembering Life

There's a lot of hullabaloo recently about a reporter who misremembered some events during the Iraq conflict. Personally I tend to agree with the folks who rather bitterly point out that if the news media had been as careful with fact checking the actual buildup to the war as they are Brian Williams' story, many […]

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If you read the previous post, you heard all kinds of stuff about how being active constructive can improve your relationship. In fact, it’s the one thing that improves the chances of it lasting. Let’s save what that means for a later “Love” post; for now, let’s just say it’s a good idea. You can even […]

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A Relationship with Pain

“Life is pain, princess. Anyone who tells you different is selling you something.” – Dread Pirate Roberts My friend JP and I have determined that we have a strange idea of “pain”. Here’s my difficulty: when you go into the V.A., they ask you for a “pain level”, which is supposed to be a number […]

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If you’ve not enjoyed the magical site that is ZenPencils, you’re really missing out on some delightful illustrations of some of the most profound statements and concepts of our or any time. Most recently he did one from Kahlil Gibran’s chapter on work: “Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, […]

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The Richness of Life

If you’re reading this, you’ve got it good. I’m not going to go into all the ways you have it good, but let’s face it: the fact that you can read these words (or, if you’re listening, hear them) means that you’ve got it better than most humans in the world, just in terms of […]

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This Is My Life

Let me tell you about my day: I woke up around 5am, the consequence of having drifted off to sleep early and relaxed last night. I lay in my warm bed in the dark snuggled up to my partner until the alarms went off at 5:15 and 5:20 (she likes a 5-minute “snooze” time). I […]

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My over-arching personal-development theme for 2015 is “Mastery of Time.” It comes from a few inspirations, most particularly the definition of luxury promoted by Tim Ferriss: Luxury is feeling unrushed. It is designing a life that allows you to do what you want with high leverage, with many options, all while feeling unrushed. Now, I don’t […]

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My Five-Minute Journal Experience

I mentioned in the last post that I was trying out the “5 Minute Journal” technique for five days (which is kind of their “challenge” for skeptics). I am definitely one of those skeptics, due to the overwhelming amount of optimism that falls into their formula. I will outline it briefly here: Every morning, first […]

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the secret to a meaningful life

The last few days have been spent traveling some of the bleak roads of the midwest in midwinter on our way to the funeral of my partner’s grandmother. Like most family gatherings of this kind, it was a kind of miasma of joy and regret and eye-rolling and hugs. Also like many midwestern families, my […]

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