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More Joy of Life Without the Crutch of Flying

on July 19, 2019 in Freedom, Nature

An article stating that “taking one flight emits as much as many people do in a year” led me to post the following on the site that linked to it. I thought it captured my feelings on flying since then. Learning information like this finally led me to take responsibility for my actions that affected others. I challenged myself to go one year without flying. Like everyone, I have family[…] Keep reading →

Recipe to get rich in America in 2 easy steps

on July 18, 2019 in Entrepreneurship

How to get rich in America in two easy steps: Find something that people like but suspect or know is unhealthy. Sell a product or service that makes them feel it’s healthy. Examples: High fat and keto diets: I’m not saying they’re unhealthy, but a lot of people think they are. They like the food. So selling the diet will make money. Supplements: As far as I know, none of[…] Keep reading →

I do more burpees before 9am . . .

on July 17, 2019 in Fitness, Habits, SIDCHAs

I can’t believe I didn’t think of saying the phrase until the other day: I do more burpees before 9am than most people do all day. It’s satisfying to write. I could have said it years ago. Friends are surprises I haven’t said it. When I said it to someone out loud, he pointed out I could say: I do more burpees before 9am than most people do in their[…] Keep reading →

Another million-dollar business idea

on July 16, 2019 in Entrepreneurship

Years ago I’d write business ideas as I came up with them. I don’t remember how long ago I posted the last one, but one of them ended up getting a large number of posts by people considering doing it. Readers of my latest book Initiative, which I recommend reading, know the principle The idea of a lifetime comes once a month, so why hoard ideas? Doing them takes the[…] Keep reading →

Mementos of my high school girlfriend

on July 15, 2019 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Freedom, Relationships

Part 1: College personalities not so unique In college, I remember meeting many classmates who seemed unique. I couldn’t imagine anyone else like them. Thirty years later, I’ve seen people like each. Over and over as college classes turn over every four years. I’ve also seen them grow up to become like everyone else. There’s some variation, of course, but the differences aren’t that great. Part 2: My high school[…] Keep reading →

R.I.P. Eva Kor, who expanded compassion, empathy, and forgiveness

on July 14, 2019 in Nonjudgment

I just learned that Eva Kor died. Her story in the movie Forgiving Dr. Mengele expanded empathy and forgiveness for me. Decades after recovering from Nazi torture in Auschwitz under “Doctor” Mengele, she returned, as shown in the documentary. She learned that harboring anger didn’t improve her life, so chose to forgive the Nazis, including Dr. Mengele. Many people speak of turning the other cheek, loving their enemies, or similar[…] Keep reading →

Beware arch problems

on July 13, 2019 in Visualization

“Arch problems” is my name for problems where their would-be solutions exacerbate the problem. Their cure is the disease. Why “arch”? Arches in architecture are strong under pressure, supporting something. If you think an arch is weak and try to help it by supporting it, you weaken it, which may lead you to support it more. This cycle of weakening it by supporting it more can lead to either the[…] Keep reading →

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