You Don’t Deserve It

June 8, 2012

Instead of wallowing in my misery, I just made some changes. -Stephanie Mills I saw a bumper sticker on my way to work today: “Our Police DESERVE Higher Pay” Do they? Let me interject that I know nothing about the economics of Police work. I don’t know what police are paid. I don’t know how […]

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May 20, 2012

I took a trip to Dayton, Ohio yesterday. I went to a meetup put together by The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I love talking to people and exchanging ideas. I enjoy the intellectual rigor of trying to understand a new frame of reference. I love offering examples from my past experience to […]

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Even if (especially if?)

May 11, 2012

Progress is never a straight line. If you chart where you’ve been and where you are you’ll get a jagged, Himalayan line that reflects in some small way the struggles you’ve seen. I realized this because I’m in one of the valleys of such a graph. I recently was at a peak of progress: A […]

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April Goal Review

April 19, 2012

I almost held it for May, but I decided to publish a short, short version of the goal update for April: 1. Build the Boat – Launch the 17′ Herreshoff Rowboat. I’m in the home stretch of the outside of the boat. 2-3 chances to work and I should be ready to sand & paint. […]

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Adventure #2 The Unexpected

April 12, 2012

A random Saturday Morning. Dreamgirl works from 9-12:30. Dreamgirl: I’m off work early today. What do you want to do? Me: Wanna go to Hocking Hills? I think there’s enough time. We can’t do a lot, but we’d at least see where things are if we want to spend more time later. Dreamgirl: Ok, let’s […]

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Walking the Footpath

March 29, 2012

I lift thee and thee lift me and we’ll ascend together. -Quaker Proverb I saw this couple at the park. Walking, arm in arm. I followed them along the footpath for a while. Who’s leaning on whom? I could not tell and cannot still.   They paused on the bridge for a time, faces suffused […]

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Set Your Angel Free

March 15, 2012

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. -Michelangelo Buonnarroti Today I found myself ramming through a blog post in order to keep my schedule. I believe in shipping without regard to “perfection” but I was murdering an insight. I found myself in the period of creation where disparate […]

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March Goal Review

March 1, 2012

I’m feeling non-committal about the monthly goal update. For anyone familiar with the goals a recap has to be desperately boring. On the other hand, anyone not familiar is going to wonder what the heck I’m talking about if I don’t include any background. Perhaps later in the year I’ll come up with a middle […]

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The Dip – Seth Godin

February 19, 2012

I just finished reading “The Dip” by Seth Godin. It’s about deciding what to work on and what to skip. Godin’s litmus test for whether to bother doing something is “Are you willing and able to do the work to be the best in the world?”. I get it. Organizations should get out of markets […]

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34 to 31

February 15, 2012

34 to 31 is my plan to lose 3″ off my waistline in 2012. As you may have guessed I currently measure 34″. I hate shopping for pants, but when 34 to 31 succeeds I’ll have to. I don’t really care about my waist size (34″ works fine for me). Plus, like I said, I […]

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