Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

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 →

My electric bill after a month with the fridge off

on February 9, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Exercises, Nature, Visualization

A little over a month ago, I wrote in How long can I keep my fridge unplugged? how learning about fermentation and uses of electric power led me to see how long I could last in the winter with my refrigerator unplugged. Deciding to start First, I want to reiterate my process to decide to start the challenge. First the idea to try it came. Then I wondered if it[…] Keep reading →

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