Category Archives: Podcast

631: Stephen M. R. Covey, part 1.5: To Arrive Where We Started and to Know the Place for the First Time

on September 24, 2022 in Podcast

Continuing a long trend of guests sharing partially doing their commitments but not stopping, Stephen comes back for an episode 1.5, not yet his episode 2. Stephen committed to sharing his childhood family experiences hiking on a path near a family cabin (my description doesn’t do justice to his description, so listen to his first episode, 622, to hear his description drawing on his life experiences). As happens sometimes when[…] Keep reading →

The text from episode 630: Simplifying Meditation Words and Meaning

on September 19, 2022 in Podcast

The notes I read episode 630: Simplifying Meditation Words and Meaning from were long, so instead of including them in the podcast notes, I’m posting them separately here. Longtime listeners know I meditate regularly, now 25 minutes every other day. I started in 2007 with a ten-day vipassana retreat and have done a few ten-days, plus some 5-days and 3-days. Mostly I pay attention to my breath or do body[…] Keep reading →

630: Simplifying Meditation Words and Meaning

on September 19, 2022 in Podcast

The notes I read for this episode were long, so instead of including them in the podcast notes, I posted them as a separate blog post. My book: Leadership Step by Step The Science article I mentioned: Limits to economic growth The article showing humans lived to a modal age of 72: Longevity Among Hunter- Gatherers: A Cross-Cultural Examination Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning Wikipedia page The Calvin and[…] Keep reading →

629: Michelle Nijhuis, part 2: Stopping doom scrolling

on September 17, 2022 in Podcast

We started talking about Michelle’s commitment to avoid scrolling on vacation. She did. It sounds like it was both no big deal and something worth building on. We had intended to keep the recording to under thirty minutes for scheduling reasons, but the conversation kept staying too interesting to stop. We talked about addiction, how big a difference small differences can make, the difference between Portland and Vancouver in culture,[…] Keep reading →

628: Jay Walker, part 2: Kayaking together on the Hudson

on September 15, 2022 in Podcast

I think Jay’s commitment may be the first where I participated and we had a blast! You may remember he committed to kayaking on the Hudson. He invited me to join. As you can see from the picture, I did, and we kayaked together. We shared about the experience. Note the change in our conversation and relationship from last conversation to this one. By last conversation we had spoken several[…] Keep reading →

627: Nadeem Akhtar, part 1: A Long-Time Listener from Norway

on September 13, 2022 in Podcast

Nadeem contacted me as a listener to suggest Abdal Hakim Murad as a guest, as I hadn’t hosted any Muslims on the podcast by then. I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting Abdal, plus Nadeem and I stayed in touch. When Janet Allaker‘s first episode with a listener went well, I invited Nadeem to be a guest. He loved the opportunity. I think we both enjoyed the conversation. If you’re[…] Keep reading →

626: Jay Walker, part 1: Organizing New York City’s Queer Liberation March

on September 11, 2022 in Podcast

Regular readers and listeners know my passion for cleaning my local park, Washington Square Park, and how my heart breaks at how we abuse this sliver of a vestige of nature, especially the mornings after the Queer Liberation Marches of the past two years. As an organizer, Jay didn’t have to respond to my request, but he did. By the end of this recording, you’ll hear us talk about reducing[…] Keep reading →

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