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Be Less Comfortable

“It takes many hours to make what you want to make.  The hours don’t suddenly appear.  You have to steal them from comfort.  Whatever you were doing before was comfortable.  This is not.  This will be really uncomfortable.” – Derek Sivers, Where To Find The Hours To Make It Happen This phrase, stealing hours from…

Culture | Fitness | Health | Learning

Expanding Our “Life Force”

“When we breathe, we expand our life force.” – James Nestor, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art I finished James Nestor’s book Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art in quick order. Its unnerving when someone highlights something you’ve largely done unconsciously but inefficiently for most of your life and tells you…

Culture | food | Lifestyle | Ritual | Travel

A Perfect Cup of Coffee

I’m deep into a phase of life where I invest time in the ritual of making excellent coffee. That doesn’t mean investing in expensive coffee making equipment. No, that would be absurd and counter to what a ritual should be. You should be able to make a great coffee anywhere you can boil water –…

Philosophy | Travel

Getting There In Spirit

“I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walking Rising up before the dawn has its advantages.  Mostly in solitude, but also in that dance with light that happens whether you join in or not.  I prefer to…

Language | Learning | Poetry | reading

Really Only Words

“All things are really only words in a tongue of endless gobbledygook that someone or something is writing in a book that is the history of the world. In herds, you, I, everyone, Carthage, Rome travel, and my unfathomable life too, and this stigma of having been an accident, a cipher, an enigma, of being all…

Exercise | Fitness | Hiking | Learning | reading | Walking

Breathe

I admit I didn’t think much about breathing until recently when my son strongly recommended a book for the family.  After some due diligence in listening to the author interviewed on a Joe Rogan podcast I was convinced I needed to read the book myself and quietly slid the stack of real and virtual books…