Grateful as F**k

The Kitchen

It’s time to focus a little more on gratitude, and I’ve got the perfect opportunity.

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If You Were Taught What They Were Taught…

Isolated Yurts

What we believe often boils down to nothing more than a quirk of where we were born and how we were raised.

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We All Fear What We Don’t Understand


What we don’t understand, we fear. What we fear, we judge as evil. What we judge as evil, we attempt to control. And what we cannot control…we attack.

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The Illusion of Knowledge

Question Everything

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

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Exercise is Work. Work? Now That’s Fun!


Several years ago in a business meeting of some sort the topic of health came up. The conversation, as it so often does, circled around to the topic of the importance of regular exercise. The stereotype of a computer geek spending all of his or her time at a desk is not that far from […]

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You Are Not Your Customer

You Are Not Your Customer

One of my earliest lessons, and one that I periodically need to re-learn: my customers aren’t like me.

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The Power of Profanity


Being easily offended simply by someone’s choice of words you consider to be profane give them control you could otherwise keep.

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Bagpipes in the Rain

Trees in the Mist

One of my earliest memories.

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Everyone is Not Your Customer


Fishermen don’t go fishing for just any old creature that will take their bait, and neither should you.

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We Get Our Information From Headlines

OMG Headline

Filtering by headline and brief scanning makes sense, but it doesn’t mean you’re “informed”.

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Who Do Representatives Represent?


Should representatives act more like a computer, or a parent?

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A Crisis of Facts

Facts or Myths

How do you know what is and is not true? I mean, how do you know? It’s always been a tough question, but it seems even more difficult of late because of the explosion of fake news and information sources. How does one separate the wheat from the chaff? I’m not sure I have an […]

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Post is Elsewhere….

The Frustrated Writer

Today’s post will appear elsewhere, on another day. 🙂

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Retirement is Death


Technically I’m “retired”, but it doesn’t look like it, and I sure don’t call it that.

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Misinformation At Your Fingertips.

True / False

In a flood of information we now each bear a responsibility for discerning truth from fiction. I’m not sure we’re ready.

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In Search of Simple Answers

Make America THINK Again?

This election was won on a very simple premise: people want simple answers to complex problems. The after-election analysis is no different.

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Thanks, Giving

Eat, Drink, and be Thankful

A step along the path to recovering from my post-election depression is to be grateful. Thanksgiving happens at just the right time.

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A Problem-free Life Would Be Boring

Laid Back

The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. – Mark Manson(†) Common thinking is that a life without problems would be idyllic. “Not a care in the world” is the operative phrase. Sitting on a beach, sipping Mai-Tai’s is another vision. Even if it were possible, thanks, but no thanks.

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Looking for Constructive Conservatism


In a flawed and biased environment, how does one go about finding **rational** alternate viewpoints?

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What “Always Learning” Really Means

Always Learning

“Always learning” is both a decision-making tool, as well as a kind of mantra for ongoing personal reflection.

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