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322: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll, part 1: Rock and Roll

on April 7, 2020 in Podcast

Growing up in Philadelphia in the 70s meant Bruce Springsteen was a part of my life. I’ll always remember a fan in a promotional radio b-roll clip from one of the classic rock stations saying excitedly, definitively, “He’s the best, he’s Bruce. . . He’s the Boss!” One of the earliest albums I bought was Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. My high school girlfriend’s older brother saw every show of[…] Keep reading →

321: Marni Kinrys, part 2: Making Stewardship Normal

on April 6, 2020 in Podcast

Before we recorded, Marni humbly said what she did wasn’t that big of a deal, just a bit more than she normally did. She wondered the point of sharing it. So this second conversation with Marni was short and we talked as much about the podcast as about what she did. Which is to say, the episode narrated itself. I look forward to where it’s mainstream for stewardship to feel[…] Keep reading →

150,000 burpees

on April 5, 2020 in Fitness, Habits, SIDCHAs

According to my spreadsheet that calculates my burpee count, I did my hundred-fifty-thousandth today. Actually, that would be my hundred-fifty-thousandth as part of my burpee-based sidcha. I occasionally do more, like to show people how to do them, or when I see how long I take to do a hundred, but I never do less. My total expenditures on them is still $0.00, including equipment, trainer, travel, etc. I haven’t[…] Keep reading →

320: Confronting doof

on April 4, 2020 in Podcast

I got a taste of what I believe leads people to tell me they can’t avoid packaging or buying fresh, local produce. Living in a semi-rural area led me to shop in a large supermarket for the first time in a year or two. They carried only doof and stuff shipped from across the country and world. I share the story and the uplifting results. Here are the notes I[…] Keep reading →

319: Avoid doof

on April 3, 2020 in Podcast

Food is fundamental to our environmental problems. Most of what American restaurants and supermarkets sell looks like food but isn’t by my definition. It makes us obese, diseased, fatigued, poor, dependent, and such, whereas food, like fruits and vegetables, bring us together. Many of us are addicted to salt, sugar, fat, and convenience. Yet people addicted to salt, sugar, fat, and convenience can point to addicts to other things, like[…] Keep reading →

318: Why pandemics will keep increasing and how we can reverse the trend

on April 2, 2020 in Podcast

I don’t normally post other people’s material, but 1) I found this video the most valuable I’ve seen on pandemics and 2) a previous guest, Dr. Michael Greger, created it. It’s an hour, so I summarize its highlights in this episode, but watch the whole video for the comprehensive view with full data and references. My summary covers: What current media coverage includes—the urgent, important What it misses—the non-urgent, important[…] Keep reading →

317: My UN and UNICEF talk on COVID-19 and leadership

on April 1, 2020 in Podcast

Attendees said my talks brought tears to their eyes. Technically I spoke at the UN last week and UNICEF this week, but virtually not physically there, and to Toastmaster groups organized by UN and UNICEF workers. Both talks were similar. I recorded the UNICEF talk. I spoke on A past New York City crisis—the 2003 blackout Lessons I learned from it How we risk not learning from the COVID-19 crisis[…] Keep reading →

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