The last few months I’ve been reading a book called “Thank You for Arguing,” which is dedicated to understanding and improving the important art of rhetoric. Of all skill sets in life, I’d imagine that the capability to utilize rhetoric effectively in personal or group discussions will likely have the largest impact on your career [...]
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Growing up, we listened to the radio in Alexandria, Minnesota. For the most part it was pop music–Kaaaay-Ceeee-El-Deeeee was the station. The local radio was a barometer of what music caught people’s attention at that point in time. My sisters were often dictating what was listened to then and as such it was a reflection [...]
Teresa, Juniper and I just spent twelve days in Stockholm, Sweden and multiple cities in Iceland (though mostly Reykjavik). I’ll post again with some pictures from the trip soon. But today I want to point out something that has been rattling around my brain since about half way through the trip.
Vacation is a really interesting [...]
Having a child is a life altering experience in many ways. The very first is the need for security multiplies, mostly due to the fact that this little being is so easily harmed. Safety and precaution or magnified in previously mundane situations such as backing out of your driveway. Thoughtful processes for how and when [...]
I’ve always loved great writing. Many of the most interesting books for me were centered around considerations of large shifts in society. My last post considered farming and gardening–Animal Farm by George Orwell is a symbolic look at communism (though as I’ve written before I think it can be expanded to multiple types of governance.) [...]
A few weeks ago, I rebuilt our garden. Nothing fancy, just new timbers for posts and chicken wire and a new door. It didn’t take a lot of work, perhaps a total of 8 hours for tear down and rebuilding.
Gardens are one of the best allegories for life and work. Stories reflect it, such as [...]
Back in undergrad, I spent a lot of time reading Thoreau and Emerson. Emerson’s essays meant a lot to me and Self Reliance was a very important text at that time. And it still is. Self reliance is about self understanding and owning your present and future. The world is filled with people who will [...]
My last post had me thinking a lot about creativity. I have a some friends that are artists and their ability to create new things continually is really impressive. The people I look up to most are artists: writers and musicians mostly. My grandfather was an artist, both commercially and as a way of life.
During a very good documentary called Particle Fever on the Higgs boson particle during an explanatory speech by one of the subjects of the movie, an economist asks a question, paraphrased:
“What is the economic growth impact of this study?”
This is an extremely important question. But it’s important to different people for different reasons. There [...]
The post yesterday was predicated on how well we did in accordance to goals set a year ago. Not bad overall, though not perfect either.
2014 was a year that for me was somewhat “in the weeds”–I had a few posts covering off on how I didn’t seem to have time to post as much for [...]