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Personal Growth

Making Peace With What Is (Part 2)

So just a few minutes ago I was sitting here at my computer, aiming to clear my mind and get some things done. Admittedly, my mind was a blur. I was feeling overwhelmed and scattered, frustrated. All of a sudden, I saw an alert on my phone. A unexplained charge went through from one of […]

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Shenanigans & Ruminations

Soothing the Mental Patient

It’s interesting to be with this mind of mine. Up and down my mood can go, like a roller coaster, a consequence of the monkey-mind head chatter that acts up sometimes. One moment, all is well, soaring and shining! But then the little weasel takes over, and to the sewers we descend. Recently, when I’ve […]

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Books Shenanigans & Ruminations uncategorized

Wired to Conform?

Jason Zweig wrote an excellent book called “Your Money & Your Brain,” which I have written about repeatedly, because it is so dang good (!). While it is focused around people’s behavior around money, it’s also an excellent study of the odd behaviors we humans can exhibit because of how our brains are wired. Specifically, […]

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Miscellaneous

Christmas Tree Jr. and Stream-Of-Consciousness Miscellany

Here we are in December 2020. The final month of the Year of Years begins. We made it, folks. I started the month by running 6 2/3 miles this morning as part of a virtual race I signed up for, the Run to Feed the Hungry. It was (and will be) my only actual race […]

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Shenanigans & Ruminations

Discerning Those Yellow Bricks

By and large, you could say that I have spent the last twenty years doing all I can to cultivate inner peace. It’s a big part of what my happiness obsession is really about: living in such a way that I feel good each day (which I aim to write about here). Obviously, feeling good […]

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Health & Outdoors Miscellaneous uncategorized

Magnificence Writ Large Across the Sky

This morning I was working out in the backyard (something I have been doing over the past few months on non-running days), when I noticed high above me a long, thin streak of cloud-like air across the sky. It was, I’m assuming, the result of a jet flying overhead. I hadn’t seen the jet, or […]

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Personal Growth

The North Star of Happiness Beckons

Earlier this year I wrote about my intention not to do things that suck :). My “No More Suckiness” Philosophy resulted from life experiences that really sucked. After all the confusion, lack of clarity, and unhappiness created by not checking in with how things felt for me, the “No More Suckiness” commitment is a comical […]

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Home Life

Our Perfect Little Thanksgiving at Home

Since being married, my wife and I have mostly gone to other family members’ houses for Thanksgivings and Christmases. In fact, I’ve always associated the Holidays with big family dinners. The two times we dined alone for the Holidays were last-minute changes where we had to stay home (here’s one of those times*). Though we […]

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Money

Rewards Card Update (Yes, I’m Giving Thanks!)

First off, Happy Thanksgiving! Today I’d like to write an update on our rewards credit card, which we got a few years ago. I was a bit cautious about it at the time. After all, prior to this, I had spent many years with high revolving balances on credit cards. I associated having a credit […]

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Books Money

The Magical Savings Snowball

As I have written before, I am a big fan of compounding. It excites me to no end to think of the power of money that I have invested growing over time. I’m also very much inspired by stories like Warren Buffett’s, which Alice Schroeder captures so well in her Buffett biography “The Snowball.” In […]