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256: Why Personal Action Matters

on December 3, 2019 in Podcast

Why bother not flying if you’re one person out of billions? Aren’t you just missing out and suffering without meaningfully changing anything? These questions flummoxed me for a while. The longer I act, the more I realize the answer. Most people answer that little things add up or that it’s like voting. I won’t argue with those answers, but I think they’re small effects. I’ve evolved since earlier episodes and[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on the new Sustainable and Green Movement podcast with Andy Andrews

on December 2, 2019 in Audio, Nature

My interview that is part of a new podcast launching today, December 2. I enjoyed our conversation. It was short, sweet, and covered my top issues. Click here to listen. The podcast is called The Sustainable and Green Movement. Andy Andrews and his guests talk about how to act daily in everyday life to address pressing environmental issues, live an eco-friendly lifestyle and help the world sustain life and human[…] Keep reading →

Hear me on the Leadership Happy Hour with USN Lt. Commander Chip Lutz

on December 2, 2019 in Audio, Leadership, Nature

First, a few words about the man who hosted me on this wonderful podcast. From his about page: Lieutenant Commander Chip Lutz, USN(Ret), MSEd, CSP, is the President and founder of Unconventional Leader, LLC and has 30 years of solid leadership experience. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours and also served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th 2001.  In[…] Keep reading →

255: Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist

on December 1, 2019 in Podcast

I’ve recorded a few posts about how what many people call minimalism is really more maximal. From the outside it looks like minimizing stuff.d People who practice it, as I see it, don’t focus on stuff. Getting rid of it is a means to an end. The end is more emotion, relationships, and connection—family, community, faith, and other things that bring meaning, which people prefer more of. They maximize those[…] Keep reading →

My failure resume, first pass

on November 30, 2019 in Education

Someone mentioned the idea of a failure resume a month or two ago. You know as much about them as I do now. I haven’t looked up the idea but the name describes enough to go on. I’ve thought about it long enough. Time to start it. I expect I’ll add to it and refine. Date Event Lessons 1970s and 80s Mugged 5 times growing up, three bikes stolen, etc,[…] Keep reading →

254: Accidents of birth: communicating despite differences

on November 29, 2019 in Podcast

Following up episode 253, I address race, sex, sexual preference and other difference people use as excuses to stop listening or understanding over. Here are my notes I worked from: Podcast: Race, sex, sexual preference. I mentioned the race of the people who mugged me and my friends and who punched me in the jaw. Mayhave sounded unnecessary, which I suppose would raise questions as to why I mentioned. Because[…] Keep reading →

253: My greatest triumphs, my greatest shames

on November 28, 2019 in Podcast

Here are my notes that I read from for this post: My greatest triumphs, my greatest shames. When I share personal stuff people always write how they like it. I think it’s less important than learning the joys of stewardship and recognizing that flying any time you want or having blueberries 12 months a year doesn’t improve your life, but it may help people understand where I’m coming from and[…] Keep reading →

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