Category Archives: Stories

I’m famous for plogging! See me pick up litter while I run on local news.

on March 29, 2019 in Fitness, Habits, Stories

The winter is over and it’s time to get outdoors running. Jessica Formoso covered me plogging on WNYW Fox 5 local news last night. You can hear my experience that made plogging stick: I cleaned where I live—my home. Here’s the video, where you can see me running like an old man. Let me know if you want to join me for some plogging or if you plog on your[…] Keep reading →

Jia Jiang’s world-class social sidcha

on March 21, 2019 in SIDCHAs, Stories

I couldn’t help share Jia Jiang’s sidcha. I’ve favored fitness sidchas like my burpee-based calisthenics, a mindfulness one in cold showers, and the expressive one of writing here. I’ve also described business ones like cold-calling five of sales leads daily or writing a business idea every day. There are aesthetic ones like drawing a picture every day or dancing every day. I also describe social ones like talking to a[…] Keep reading →

Treat Failure With Respect

on March 14, 2019 in Entrepreneurship, Stories

“Fail early and often” “Fail forward” “Fail, fail, fail” The business world, especially around entrepreneurship, promotes failing as a way to learn. I recognize its inevitability and necessity for learning, but I suspect many people who promote it have never experienced devastating failure. I’ve failed huge in life and I wouldn’t speak about it as cavalierly as many do. I consider physical injury inevitable in fitness and learning and I[…] Keep reading →

Shooting guns in Houston, Texas

on December 8, 2018 in Stories

I forgot to mention one of my most memorable experiences on my recent trip across the country: shooting guns. I’d never shot a handgun and had only shot a low-caliber rifle in North Korea. I learned a lot, as I’ll describe below. From my train arriving in Houston, I caught a bus to an environmental research place. Before continuing with the story, I have to mention that most people I[…] Keep reading →

30 highlights and lowlights from a triumphant month on the road

on December 1, 2018 in Stories

I’m on the train from Atlanta home to New York. I left October 29 and visited Chicago, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego, and New Orleans too. The impetus came from attending the Summit in L.A. I found reasons to visit places along the way. Here are 30 highlights an lowlights from the trip. 1. I traveled intercity only by train and bus since I’m not flying. 2. At the Summit[…] Keep reading →


on September 13, 2018 in Awareness, Stories

I hear and read the term white privilege. Plenty of people explain it. How do the following fit into the concept? For context, for about a decade of my childhood, my mom’s house, where I spent half my time, was in poor neighborhoods, especially Rockland Street in Philadelphia in the mid-70s, or bordered them where whites were minorities. For a while our house was one of three white families on[…] Keep reading →

I walked into a live minefield

on September 6, 2018 in Stories

In my ongoing efforts to be burdened with less material stuff, I’ve scanned many of my old photographs so I could get rid of the physical pictures. Now that I can see the images on my screen when I want, I’m not sure what to do with them besides sending them to a landfill, sadly, but I caused the physical waste when I paid for the pictures. I’m only moving[…] Keep reading →

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