Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

Litter or Thrones?

on October 4, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making

Walking back from my daily picking up litter in Washington Square Park, where the drug dealers increasingly recognize me as someone to talk to—one of them told me he saw me on Facebook, he figures someone took a picture of a guy picking up litter—I asked myself what I would rather do than pick up litter in my neighborhood. I’d rather there weren’t litter to pick up, but given that[…] Keep reading →

Kids you can’t afford?

on September 22, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making

People sometimes call my life easier because I don’t have kids or the challenges in time, money, and other resources that come from having them. They say, “Josh, you don’t know what it’s like as a single mom raising three kids on three jobs.” If someone can’t afford a house but buys one beyond their budget, we say they chose wrong and might help them fix the choice. If they[…] Keep reading →

A reader asks: how much money is enough to spend?

on July 16, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Relationships

Following my request for questions, a reader asked one I wouldn’t have expected: How much time and money is enough, or fair, to spend with your wife and children if you need to work to have money for a simple life, in your country? First a caveat: I’ll plead some ignorance never having married. For that matter, my biological parents divorced around when I was in nursery school. On the[…] Keep reading →

358: Bald Versus Plastic

on July 9, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Podcast

Here are the notes I read this episode from: People keep acting like I’m different, that they have to balance things that I don’t when acting on the environment. So I’ll share a recent decision I made. People I tell have sounded intrigued and delighted to hear it so I’ll share with you. First sensed hairline retreating at 19. Not much for maybe a decade following, I don’t remember. Maybe[…] Keep reading →

355: I balance values the same as anyone

on July 3, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nonjudgment

People constantly suggest they have to balance different values as if I didn’t. It came up in a recent conversation so I shared about it today. An element I factor in is how my pollution affects others—not just what I know about or wish I contributed, but what I actually contribute. Yet people think I factor in nothing else. It’s weird to learn people see you as one-dimensional. If they[…] Keep reading →

Covid advice applies to the environment. What we can do here we can do everywhere.

on March 14, 2020 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

EDIT: I recommend everyone watch these videos on preventing pandemics including COVID-19, considering how much our behavior is causing them: Pandemics: History & Prevention Can we stop a future pandemic? Dr. Michael Greger M.D explains what’s next. My mom suggested a post from a woman, Jodi Ettenberg, who posts as Legalnomad, I’M IN THE VULNERABLE CLASS FOR COVID-19. A PLEA TO TAKE THIS VIRUS SERIOUSLY. First, if it doesn’t go[…] Keep reading →

TEDx done, on to rowing in the morning, Harvard the next day

on February 29, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making

A quick update on past subjects because it’s a busy weekend. This morning I spoke at TEDxConnecticutCollege, as I wrote about a couple weeks ago. I’m pleased to share that several people described me as professional. They told me to expect about a month for the video. Darn, that’s a long time to wait. sa Tomorrow I’m competing in an indoor rowing competition—the one I wrote about in Old Athletes[…] Keep reading →

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