“the Inner Loon” (poem)

It acts like it’s on my side Yet it judges me that I’m less It’s focused on fear and lack It must want me out of whack It has trained me well I barely know it’s here Yet I recognize its stink In unhappy thoughts I think Why believe its lies? Why let it manipulate? I wish I’d say I didn’t But it keeps itself so hidden Working in the background I forget what it is I forget its trickery Until it’s gettin’ me Awareness is my tool To come…

Top 10 Personal Accomplishments of 2020

I believe in making lists of things I’m proud of, things I’m enjoying, things I appreciate. So here goes a list of ten personal accomplishments from 2020 (in no particular order): Sometime Blogger Excels: This year I took a flexible on-again, off-again approach to blogging (though when I blogged, I did it every day). The months I blogged were April , June, and starting up in mid-October through today. Myhappinessobsession continues to be a great healing and creative personal outlet. Run, Man, Run! This year has probably been the best…

Onward with the Learning

When it comes to money, being an adult has provided an ongoing-financial education. Running my own business, dealing with life’s expenses, and planning for the future teach me much valuable lessons every single day. I’ve supplemented my personal experience with lots of reading: since 2015, I’ve read about sixty-six business and financial books 🙂 Just today I finished reading “7 Secrets to Investing Like Warren Buffett,” by Mary Buffett & Sean Seah (thank you, Sacramento Public Library). The book gives a basic primer on “value investing,” which is what Warren…

Practicing Being Flexible

(I typed this post last week while my blog was down. I intended to publish it as soon as the blog was back up. So here we are. Light-editing done to my original draft). Okay, so for today’s post, I’m typing into a “notes” file on my computer. My blog is currently down, apparently experiencing some debugging-related issue. Or bug-related issue. The end result being that the blog is not up.  So I will likely be posting today’s post tomorrow, or as soon as I get this figured out! Though…

Just Happy to Be at a Bookstore

Today my wife and I went on an actual shopping trip that didn’t involve buying groceries. Our holiday-related trip consisted of a stop to make a purchase, a stop at the post office to send out four packaged, and a stop at Barnes Noble at the nearby mall. For numerous years now, I have asked my wife for and received books for Christmas. This year, obviously, has been quite different from years passed. Neither of us had been in a bookstore in at least nine months. This Christmas, I wanted…

Create Your Own Weather (Version 2)

(This is a different draft of yesterday’s post, which I wrote before my website went down for a few days. I decided there was merit in publishing this version as well, as it is different enough in wording from yesterday’s, and this is my blog, so what the hey!) Imagine a world where people were always pleasant to you. Where they were always generous, always kind, always considerate, and always conscientious. Imagine a world where people cared about what you care about, the way you care about it, and for…

Create Your Own Weather

(Disclaimer: This post was an early draft of what I was planning to publish four days ago. However, I had an issue with the site, and it has been down for several days. Thankfully, we are back on line. I decided to leave this post as it is) One of the central concepts that I am appreciating lately from Abraham-Hicks’ teaching is the idea that I take charge of creating my own experience. I like to think of it of creating my own weather 🙂 I have gone to town…

A Wonderful Year?

Well, here we are. The end of 2020 is upon us. Somehow, we made it. I had no doubt we would 🙂 And yet, it feels like a milestone. 2020: the year that all of civilization went through the dryer on spin cycle. Personally, I had a fine year. I blogged. I jogged. I day-dreamed. I wrote. I taught piano. I hung out with my wife. I wrote music. I think after this nine-month experiment in isolation, it’s safe to say that I do just fine under such conditions. Perhaps…

Thank God for the Artist (original poem)

Ok, let me collect my thoughts, I’ll connect the dots, bang on these expressive pots Bang! Clang! Causing poetical noise Throwing these words together, I’m playing with toys Let’s see what happens if I use this moment What creativity can I foment? What trouble can I cause with these lines? Exercising freedom of mind, randomly waving signs Randomly riding waves, the expression that saves, This is why the Neanderthal left the caves The allure of expression that is always here What do I see? Let me tell you, dear How…

A Tale of Two Stock Picks

Interesting story: First of all, let’s establish that to date, my wife and I are not “stock pickers.” We have focused on index funds. However, a few years ago, my wife started a Robinhood account (Robinhood is a popular investing app). This was around the beginning of 2018. Incidentally, this was right when we learned about Moviepass, the movie-going subscription program which upset the industry by offering dramatically cheap monthly passes that practically gave people free movie tickets. Moviepass’s moment proved to be short-lived. However, at the time we were…