An Interested Interview

I was recently interviewed by Josh Spector, the man behind For The Interested, a curated newsletter of interesting articles and other information that Josh both finds and occasionally writes himself. There’s an associated For The Interested Facebook group made up of newsletter subscribers, and as part of an experiment to learn more about the people […]

Not. My. Monkeys.

I have opinions. (I’ll wait for everyone that knows me to stop laughing….) I tend not to be terribly shy about sharing said opinions. (Again, another pause for the audience to catch their breath….) I recently read an article that discussed how the Dutch are somewhat more “brutally honest” when it comes to opinions, and […]

Dagmar

Dagmar, 2004-2017 Dagmar was our first Cardigan Welsh Corgi – “the Corgi with a tail”. And what a tail it was! While genetically not a “fluffy”, Dagmar was blessed with a particularly luxurious coat that gave her long flowing feathers and and a flag-like tail. We’d actually met Dagmar in 2007 on one of our […]

The Insidious Bubble

No surprise: what we experience and expose ourselves to directly impacts what we believe to be true.

The Shallows

The Shallows warrants some (ironically) deep thought into how we are each interacting with information each day, how our audience is doing so, and the broader ramifications on society as a whole.

Five Things I Learned Writing About Gratitude Every Day For Sixty Days

Two months ago I began a writing exercise: 60 Days of Gratitude. These are my biggest take-aways.

Six Decades

Sixty days, and sixty years, come to this….

My Better Half

One person deserves being mentioned twice.

Having An Audience

I’m grateful and humbled that people read my stuff.

My Schedule

I firmly believe that inactivity and lack of purpose lead to an early grave. For now, at least, that’s something I don’t have to worry about.

Oma & Opa

“Oma & Opa” is Dutch for grandmother and grandfather.

Ham Radio

Today I’m very grateful for having picked up amateur (ham) radio as a hobby, and developing my skills with it.

Coffee, Vodka, and Choice

It wouldn’t be my 60 days of gratitude if I didn’t include coffee. And vodka. And coffee-flavored vodka. And coffee-flavored rum, while I’m at it. And Starbucks, of course. You get the idea. I’m grateful for coffee, with and without alcohol, and preferably from Starbucks. But when I think about it, it’s really gratitude for […]

Books

I’ve always been a reader. I’m sure I have my mother to thank for that. But required reading in high school played a particularly important role.

My Mother’s Car

Sometimes it’s something very simple and yet out of the ordinary that I stumble into and suddenly feel some weird level of gratitude for.

Like my mother’s car.

Chip Off the Old Tooth

While on an out of town trip, I chipped a tooth. More specifically, a veneer on one of my front teeth broke in half. One half stayed in place, the other not so much. I wasn’t even doing anything particularly horrid at the time – using my teeth to start a tear in a plastic […]

Parks & Camping

Kathy and I occasionally throw the dogs into the car, hook up the trailer and head out to one of Washington State Parks’ campgrounds. Since the day we started doing that some years ago I’ve been impressed by just how well they’re kept.

A Community Of Information

It’s no secret that I believe quite strongly that the internet has created more community and opportunity than it’s destroyed, and connected more people in more ways than we could possibly have imagined. Yes, there are issues, but they are far outweighed by the positives. A simple example: I’m currently in my travel trailer, parked […]

Progress

As part of my daily research to produce Not All News Is Bad (NANIB) I run across a lot of positive news stories. (That daily research is the intended goal of NANIB — that I publish it is just a side effect.) When my wife stumbled into a story about a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that […]

The Weather

Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. -Charles Dudley Warner As I write this large portions of Texas are experiencing and recovering from hurricane Harvey. Even just skimming headlines is enouh to make me very, very grateful for the mostly mild & moderate weather we experience here in the Pacific Northwest.