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LATEST BLOG POSTS

Update on the love letters with my high school girlfriend

on October 24, 2019 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Relationships

Following my post Thoughts on reading my love letters to my high school girlfriend after 30 years, I’ve gotten closer to getting rid of them. I haven’t, but I’ve gotten nearly as close as I’m willing, though I’m keeping a plan B. Since my post Less, Please, on getting rid of hundreds of books near the beginning of this blog, about ten years ago — or “putting them back into[…] Keep reading →

My social media notes on the environment

on October 23, 2019 in Blog

I’m commenting on threads on the environment in various social media outlets, partly to participate, partly to practice. First-time posts new ideas and views often provoke argument and criticism, so I find it useful to refine my thoughts. My goals with new ideas is to help lead based on one of my definitions of leadership: to help people do what they wanted but couldn’t figure out how to. I think[…] Keep reading →

236: My environmental role models

on October 22, 2019 in Podcast

Here is the text I read from for this post: My environmental role models Why my role models? Because people keep saying what I do is inaccessible. That it’s too much or extreme. That they need to balance. Well everyone believes they’re balanced. I have to balance too. My difference is that I keep moving toward my values. Instead of letting Americans, the most polluting people in history, be my[…] Keep reading →

235: Creepiness, disgust, and the environment

on October 21, 2019 in Podcast

People littering is creepy, like a tick or other parasite. It gets under my skin. I don’t like it, but if I want to help people stop their parasitical, tick-like behavior, I feel it helps to understand them. Leadership rests on empathy, which sometimes means understanding the feelings and motivations of people who do things you consider disgusting or creepy, like buying coffee in disposable cups knowing it pollutes but[…] Keep reading →

Update on my vegetable overload

on October 20, 2019 in Nature

I invited readers to come over for some of my famous no-packaging vegetable stew the other day since I was overloaded with vegetables from my CSAs. The invitation worked. Two weeks ago, I hosted people for six meals. This week so far I’ve hosted five with two more before the week ends when I pick up my next CSA vegetables Tuesday evening. That will make 13 meals for others in[…] Keep reading →

234: A shift, not a crisis

on October 19, 2019 in Podcast

Here are the notes I read from to make this episode, sometimes diverging from them. Why I don’t call our environmental situation a crisis. People think scientists will solve something or engineers will create a solution and we can go back to before. We will never return to this lifestyle, which, by the way, is a tremendous advance if you value happiness, stewardship, enjoying what you have, and compassion over[…] Keep reading →

Did you ever notice when someone cancels . . .

on October 18, 2019 in Awareness, Perception

Following my post the other day Did you ever notice when someone interrupts. . . I always have more work that I can do than time. . . but when someone cancels on me I get annoyed. And when I cancel on someone they reassure me by telling me they can use the time to work. I can to when the situation is reversed, but I still get annoyed. Until[…] Keep reading →

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