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I usually don’t shoot landscape photography, however, on driving home the other day I was struck by the contrast of the snow that had lightly fallen and blanketed the trees.  It was very beautiful and calming to look at for me. I am planning a trip across the country while I prepare for my board […]


Avoiding Life Decisions and Foreign Languages

Avoiding Life Decisions and Foreign Languages

So I am really not worthy of writing a blog anymore… I have poured far too much time into my job and trying to stay afloat with my children. The wisdom of my past has vanished with the reality of my present. It probably doesn’t really matter that I don’t blog as Vivian is my […]


Kill 50 Percent of Your Photos Challenge

Kill 50 Percent of Your Photos Challenge

I have been pursuing minimalism for just over 1 1/2 years. The reality is that, despite making a clean break from buying additional possessions, I still have a pile of stuff that seams insurmountable. At the top of the list of things piled around my house and creating a mess are my photo albums. I […]


“If you have to eat a frog, make sure you eat it first thing in the morning…

"If you have to eat a frog, make sure you eat it first thing in the morning...

and if you have to eat two of them, make sure you eat the largest one first.” – Mark Twain I love Mark Twain. He was a genius. I would definitely put him on my list of top 10 people of all time. His advice has lit a fire under me. This morning I woke […]


Examine Your Ability to Multitask

Recently Allison Morris reached out to me to show me something very cool that she has come up with to test your ability to multitask.  From her site here: — Guest Blogger Allison Morris If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself doing two things at once pretty regularly—talking on the phone while reading […]


Take Time To Do Things Right Now

Take Time To Do Things Right Now

Some day I want to write a blog post about the mentors in my life that have inspired me to be better.  At the top of that post will be Dr. Alan Morris.  He has taught me countless life lessons… and one them is “If you don’t have time to do it right now, when […]


What is the best way to move across country?

What is the best way to move across country?

Holy crap! It was easy when I moved across the country last year.  I wanted to become a minimalist and get rid of all of my stuff.  I was only packing for myself.  There was not a lot I needed aside from underwear and socks… Now I am about to go for round two.  This […]


Cracked iPad Screen and Cancelled Fitbit Flex Order

Cracked iPad Screen and Cancelled Fitbit Flex Order

A month ago, when I went to California, my iPad got crushed. The result was a long thin crack right down the middle of it.  Ordinarily, I would have promptly taken it into Apple to be fixed ($250) or to a 3rd party ($120).  Not this time.  This time I figured I could live with […]


Minimalism and My Digital Files

Minimalism and My Digital Files

As part of my cleansing and diving into minimalism, I have focused most of my attention to clearing out my possessions.  This has been easier, in part, because my friend Vivienne dove in headfirst and has been keeping a blog of her journey into minimalism.  As I have proudly watched her clear out her life, […]


Why Kids Are Skinny and You’re Not

Why Kids Are Skinny and You're Not

I guess, in fairness, I should say why kids used to be skinny… given that the nintendo generation has hit an epidemic… but lest I digress: Adults often talk about how nice it was when they were young and their metabolisms were so much more revved up.   They think back on a time, far off, when […]


Using Metrics in Pursuit of the Übermensch

Using Metrics in Pursuit of the Übermensch

I have long dreamed of using metrics as a way to tangibly measure my pursuit of becoming an Übermensch.  Now it is time to act on those dreams for tomorrow comes far too quickly. The plan is to start each week with a plan that can be put into a blog post under goals for […]


And They Call It Progress

And They Call It Progress

  In the late 19th to early 20th Century, depending on what source you read, the vacuum cleaner was invented.  Post WWII it was mass marketed to the middle class as a device that would save people countless hours and improve their quality of life.  The reality, however, is that our standards of cleanliness increased […]


Don’t Forget To Fill Your Ice Cube Trays

Don't Forget To Fill Your Ice Cube Trays

I love iced coffee.  In fact, the only two drinks I drink are iced coffee and water unless I am at a party and have to prove I am not Mormon by consuming alcohol. Yesterday was an unbelievably stressful day in clinic because of how critically ill the patients I saw were.  When I got […]


Unlearning – My Process to Master Myself

Unlearning - My Process to Master Myself

I’m middle aged.  Time and logic cannot deny that.  I’m a forty year old man.  It’s that simple. I remember as a child my parents and other adults used to tell me to enjoy learning while my mind was still able to, because as I got older my mind would slow down and it would […]


Loving The Baltimore Ravens Through a Child’s Mind

Loving The Baltimore Ravens Through a Child's Mind

When Odin was 2 years old, my wife and I realized that we should never argue with him – cause he was always correct.  We would be driving around town in the heat of summer, in the middle of the day, and he would say “moon.”  Initially, before we realized he was always correct, we […]


Chemistry and the Natural Frequency of Hitting it Off

Why is it that every once in a while we meet people that we hit it off with instantly and become fast friends? I just finished a 30 hour shift in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. On my drive home I called Dan Morris, my oldest friend on the planet, in Thailand to get back […]


Lift App Review – How I Intend to Use Flossing To Save My Life

Lift App Review - How I Intend to Use Flossing To Save My Life

My latest discovery for productivity is “Lift.”  It is a wonderfully simple application but has the potential to make a huge impact on my life. We all know that habits are hard to form.  The main reason is that it is believed to take at least 21 days of consecutive action to form a new […]


Dispense With Pretense

Dispense With Pretense

My son Odin was just told today that he is not ready to test for his next Tae Kwon Do belt.  He’s very upset.  I tried to be a mature father and ask him why he cared?  His reason was not because of how hard he has worked, but rather, because he is afraid that […]


Productivity: Small Attainable Goals Fuel Big Fires

Productivity: Small Attainable Goals Fuel Big Fires

I have thoroughly enjoyed the shift from “multi-tasking” back to “concentric tasking” that has taken place in productivity literature during the last couple of years.  When I first heard of “multi-tasking” I knew it would never work for me.  I am far too much of a jack-of-all-trades and constantly battle focus in my life as […]


My Christmas Present to Myself This Year

My Christmas Present to Myself This Year

Christmas this year was extra sweet.  It is a perfect time for my three boys who believe in Santa Claus and the magic of the holiday season.  I don’t get to see them but every couple of months, so I used a truism in approaching this vacation: of time and money, TIME is always your […]


Why Do People Want Tons of Followers on Twitter?

Why Do People Want Tons of Followers on Twitter?

Before I joined Twitter I was talking to my friend Bill Rude (Atomicrocket.com) about it and he said, “I don’t follow anyone on Twitter unless I have personally met them.”  I had no idea what it was, so when I joined, I did not heed his words.  I didn’t understand what he was saying at […]


Thoughts on Christmas and Minimalism – A Holiday in Conflict

Thoughts on Christmas and Minimalism - A Holiday in Conflict

2012 has been the year of letting go.  Letting go of emotions that keep me tethered in time. Letting go of people that, though I love, are no longer part of my life.  Letting go of possessions.  Letting go of “who I am” and instead focusing on “who I want to be.” During my 40 […]


Minimalism – My Refrigerator

Minimalism - My Refrigerator

I often play motivational games to push me forward against resistance.  Almost every major accomplishment I have successfully competed in my life has been tied to a game.  My latest one, as those that read this blog know, is minimalism.  My goal is to get rid of my material possessions and climb 100% out of […]


My Struggle with Minimalism in Pursuit of Becoming an Ultra-Human

My Struggle with Minimalism in Pursuit of Becoming an Ultra-Human

My life’s struggle has been with trying to become an Uber-Mensch.  It has guided me and pushed me towards seemingly unattainable goals.  When I pursue something, I do it with the intent of achieving excellence.  It is for this reason that I am finding my struggle with pursuing minimalism to be completely bizarre.  I intuitively […]