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The HOA as a Slice of Americana

Just over a week ago my neighborhood had their annual Home Owner’s Association meeting. It was a unique experience for my wife and I and our close friends that live two doors down. Leaving that meeting gave me a lot to think about and I had to write something to coalesce my thoughts. As the […]

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Books Read in 2016

Another year, another corpus finished. Well, not technically a corpus, because they’re not thematically related or by a single author, but we’ll go with it. My goal last year was to read almost a book a week. I managed to get to 50 books read for the year, which I’m quite proud of. This included […]

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Lighthouse Update

Over a year ago I made a post about how I don’t know what I’m doing professionally. That I didn’t have a lighthouse to guide me during times that were difficult or when my path was uncertain. This post is an update to that fact. Spoiler alert: I might’ve found my lighthouse. When I was a […]

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Books Read in 2015

I’d thought about doing a long post where I listed every book I read this year and my thoughts on each of them. Then I realized how long that would actually take and the ROI on that activity was poor. A better way to accomplish my goal of sharing what I read with you was to […]

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I don’t know what I’m doing with my life professionally. You probably don’t either. Well, maybe you do. Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who came out of the gate knowing precisely the direction they wanted to head. You know those people, the ones who had a clear vision of where they wanted to […]

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The Intentionally Accidental Life

This is the text of the speech I recently gave at my Toastmasters meeting, which is why I say that you’re listening to something you’re clearly reading on a screen. “We judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intentions.” A year ago I was going to become a blogger who traveled the […]

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Demanding your Attention

Recently, I was made painfully aware of the need to be conscious about who is demanding your attention. In the span of 16 hours of wakefulness, I had a slew of emails, 3 phone calls, a solicitor on my porch, numerous coworker requests, and random texts from friends. None of these events are remarkable on […]

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Fitness as Fashion

I had a flash of clarity the other day about fashion. The first bit of truth was that I suck at it. Sure, I can throw on a pair of jeans and a nice shirt and look decent. My nice suit looks pretty good on me too. But, in general, I suck at fashion and […]

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Thoughts in the Wild

My mind wanders from thought to thought. Mental parkour that balances on one idea long enough to get to the next without lingering long enough to establish a true connection. What is it my brain needs? It’s the age-old ponderance of everyone who has thought for long at all. What is immediately clear is I […]

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On Personality

The climbing gym I go to recently opened a new location. It’s larger in ever sense: bigger routes, more equipment, more showers and more space overall. Everything is nice and shiny and new. Yet, I can’t help but feel like it’s missing something and I finally figured out what that is: personality. What constitutes a […]

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