A Journey of Self Discovery


Sheeple - Friday, 08 Dec 2017 15:00

The title says it all.

The Ruin of All - Friday, 08 Dec 2017 05:00

Technology does some amazing things, it prolongs life, it enables learning and it ruins everything.  It is a trap, a well not covered, we fall down it and can't find a way out.  We look at it as a great tool but how do we really use it?  It is like a drug, we waste time, we waste money, we use it for entertainment rather than as a tool. 

Technology will be the ruin of us all.

Lone Wolf - Friday, 01 Dec 2017 07:00

When the lone wolf choses to walk with you, you will remember

Perfection - Friday, 10 Nov 2017 16:00

Before you can become the king of perfection you must first be the prince of good enough.

Lost - Monday, 06 Nov 2017 19:00

I feel so lost.  I don't know where things went wrong.  I feel lost in a sea of consumerism.  All I can think about are the words of Tyler Durden.

A Sad Outlook - Friday, 13 Oct 2017 06:00

Damn it, Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!

~Kirk

Monster Paradox - Friday, 06 Oct 2017 18:00

The monster paradox is the exact opposite of how Schrödinger's cat behaves.

Difficulty - Friday, 15 Sep 2017 19:00

If you are not running into obstacles maybe you are not trying anything difficult.

ALL Things - Saturday, 29 Apr 2017 22:00

All things should be taken in moderation, including moderation.

Robbery - Friday, 28 Apr 2017 12:00

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

~Mr Robot

Efficiency - Monday, 17 Apr 2017 00:00

If you want to learn the most efficient way do do something look at how the laziest person does the task.

1984 - Saturday, 11 Mar 2017 22:00

We feared 1984, we said we wouldn't let it happen, we knew what we needed to do to keep it from happening.  We failed, 1984 happened and we didn't even notice till it was too late.

Today - Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 07:00

It is time to march forward.

Found It - Friday, 24 Feb 2017 17:00

I found something that I never thought about finding, not that it bothered me, I just never expected it.  Somehow I have missed it my whole adult life and just recently discovered one of the most wonderful and horrible things at the same time.  Now I need to find it again and I can't even imagine where it look.

Progress - Monday, 20 Feb 2017 11:00

When did the future happen?

Violence - Monday, 20 Feb 2017 00:00

"Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence."

~Gandhi

Power - Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 19:00

When you no longer fear failure, you become powerful beyond measure and the impossible is within your reach.

Alone Together - Friday, 17 Feb 2017 16:00

We all are alone together every day.  We stare at screens, we don't talk, we don't share our feelings.  Everybody is alone together.

Reality Happens - Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 10:00

Reality Happens

Singles Awareness Day - Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 00:00

I hope you have a good Singles Awareness Day.

Meaningless - Monday, 13 Feb 2017 09:00

Success without failure, eventually will become MEANINGLESS.

Learn From It - Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 11:00

Failure only counts if you did not learn from it.

The Moment of Being Wrong - Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 23:00

You can learn a lot about the character of a person by seeing how they react the moment they realize they are wrong about something they believed with their whole heart.

My Fear - Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 22:00

I was going to write something but the fear of another reading it stopped me ... I think I am getting somewhere, I now know what it is I am afraid of.

Fame and Fortune - Friday, 10 Feb 2017 16:00

We claim to desire fame and fortune but what is it that we really want?  We want our lives to matter, to have meaning, to be worthy of being remembered after we are gone.  We might in the short term want the stuff but what it is that we really want is immortality through memory of future generations of our lives.

We just want to be remembered.

Superpower - Monday, 06 Feb 2017 10:00

My superpower is my FEAR, it pushes my limits and goals.

Courage - Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 11:00

Courage is but fear that has been shown it's place.

Democracy - Saturday, 04 Feb 2017 14:00

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

~ Alexander Fraser Tytler

Better or Best - Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 14:00

Don't try to be better than anybody else, just be your best.

Saying More - Saturday, 28 Jan 2017 18:00

Sometimes I want to write a longer post to explain my thoughts better.  I usually realize I would only be cheapening my initial thought.  If you have to explain the joke it isn't funny, if you have to explain the philosophical post the meaning is lost, if you have to explain yourself ...

Art - Friday, 27 Jan 2017 13:00

In art there is no success, no failure, only people's reactions to your art.

Emoji - Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 17:00

:): Ever feel like this?

People and Things - Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 08:00

Love people, use things, never the opposite.

Got Hubris - Saturday, 21 Jan 2017 21:00

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

To Where - Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 19:00

Where are you going, work, school or a visit to family?  You need a car to get you from A to B, that simple.  What if you are not going anywhere?  What if you are just going for a road trip to nowhere?  That sounds to me like an A to A situation.  Get out there have fun and return home.  I think we all need access to an A to A vehicle be it a sports car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, boat or plane.  We need a way to get out and solve the A to A problem.  This is something we have forgotten how to do, maybe we even have forgotten that this problem exists.

Sugar Coated - Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 23:00

Sugar is the new cocaine, more addictive, more available and more deadly.  It is in everything we eat, drink and snack on.  It is killing us, slowly.

Documentaries - Tuesday, 20 Dec 2016 00:00

Documentaries are not made to make us feel good.  They are made to make us uncomfortable, scared, angry and sad.  They hopefully will push us to make the changes we want to see in the world and our lives.

Our Fear - Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 00:00

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
  ~Marianne Williamson

20th Century Inventions - Saturday, 29 Oct 2016 23:00

We have created so many things over the last hundred years.  We have made cars, planes, computers, rockets and so much more.  Most of these inventions are useful and many of us want them.

Higher education, and all education in fact is a product of the industrial age.  College used to be a way to get a better job, to invest in your future, now it is expected and a masters degree is the new bar to achieve.  You go to school and leave with a huge debt, and no job.  A degree is a product, it isn't an education, it is a product, always has been, always will be.  We need to bring back mentorships, apprentices and family businesses.

Darkness - Friday, 21 Oct 2016 13:00

It will now be dark more than light, winter is coming, fall has arrived.

You have no idea - Monday, 19 Sep 2016 18:00

The things you don't know are so amazing and broad that you can't even begin to know what it is that you don't know.

Lessons Learned - Sunday, 11 Sep 2016 11:00

If we forget the lesson we learned did we really learn it?

Heros - Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 00:00

If we slay all the dragons what use do we have for heros?

Start at the Beginning - Monday, 22 Aug 2016 23:00

I say we need to reinvent the wheel, not literally the wheel, but the abstract wheel that is so often spoken of.  The drive to create bigger, better, faster has made us skip steps of invention.  We need to create the small thing, the piece that your project is dependent on, the tool and not always but from time to time a new idea will pop up.  A new way of looking at things, a new solution, a shift in technology that would not have come without starting at the beginning.

Chains of Capitalism - Friday, 19 Aug 2016 01:00

"The world isn't perfect and sometimes you need to accept that and move on."  I can not accept this and will not accept this.  Selling out on principals is not an option.

What is my problem?  Capitalism at it's worst.  We sell, market, advertise and shove items in your face.  We take your paychecks, we take your credit cards, we offer you more credit until you can hardly afford it.

We are the conquers of old, we are gathering slaves to take back to our masters.  Our chains are not of iron but of debt.  Our whips are not of leather but of letters and phone calls, lawsuits and garnishments.

I like stuff, stuff is not all bad.  But please buy only what you can pay for now.

Life - Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 01:00

Life happens for us, not to us.

Writers - Thursday, 04 Aug 2016 15:00

Writers don't brainstorm, they write.

People are what they do, not what they want, think about or care about.  Now go and DO.

Ten Secrets to Happieness - Sunday, 03 Jul 2016 00:00

Exodus 20:3-17 NKJV
[3] You shall have no other gods before Me. [4] "You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; [5] you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, [6] but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. [7] "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. [8] "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days you shall labor and do all your work, [10] but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. [11] For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. [12] "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. [13] "You shall not murder. [14] "You shall not commit adultery. [15] "You shall not steal. [16] "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. [17] You shall not covet your neighbors house; you shall not covet your neighbors wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbors.

Late Payments - Friday, 17 Jun 2016 13:00

If you multitask you are dividing your attention.  You can't pay attention to what you need to.  You can never make late payments to attention, once you miss it it's gone.  Pay attention, if you don't, the penalties can be great.

Stuck Inside - Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 17:00

A day spent inside is a day wasted, unless you are in a greenhouse.

Words - Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 00:00

Sometimes we use too many words, sometimes too few, sometimes the wrong words, sometimes the right words at the wrong time. 

Maybe we all need to just stop and listen.

The Unknown - Thursday, 02 Jun 2016 17:00

The unknown is scary, let's go get terrified.

Forgetfulness - Thursday, 02 Jun 2016 02:00

Do you know your grandparents hobbies? Their favorite foods? Their hopes and dreams of their youth?

In two, three generations tops your basic exsetance will have been forgotten.  You will be remembered, a footnote in the history of your family.  Go further, go to four, five or even six generations, will you even be remembered at all?

Make such a difference in the lives of your family and others that you will never be forgotten.  You only get one shot, if you get it right imagine all the people you could help.  Live a life that helps others rather than hurts, live a life of love, live life like Christ and you will change the lives of countless people.  Even if you are forgotten here on earth you will not be forgotten in heaven.

Ignoring Your Conscience - Sunday, 22 May 2016 07:00

Something isn't quite right, like when you are walking with a chunk of gum on your shoe or pushing a cart at the store that pulls to one side or the other, or put on a t-shirt and only realize hours later it's inside out. At first, everything seems fine, but the longer you go forward, the more things seem to be a bit off.

Ignoring your conscience will throw everything off balance, but after a while you get used to it and soon everything seems fine, but it is not.

Meanings - Friday, 13 May 2016 11:00

Life is not about what you possess, but what you have.

Taxation - Friday, 15 Apr 2016 07:00

We are taxed, taxed again and once again... and again.

Earn your money, get taxed by the feds, get taxed by the state, sales tax, gas tax, forced medical insurance tax, ID card tax(try to not have ID or a drivers license), taxes for hiking, taxes for driving your car, taxes for parking your car... I hate today.

Our Own Zoo - Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016 10:00

The collective we, we the people, have pets.  We have dogs, cats, birds, snakes, fish and exotic pets of every variety.  If you don't take your dog for a walk, let you cat wander, your bird fly, you have a private zoo.  We are collectors and our pets are no different foir many people.  They live in a cage, it may be a golden cage with green grass, toys, food and treats but it is still a cage.  Take your pets for a walk, help them experience the world outside your zoo.

Sharing Knowledge - Thursday, 24 Mar 2016 21:00

"What business man, except a soil worker, will 'stop and talk' with a stranger? Who but a farmer or fruit grower or gardener will tell of his experience so fully and so freely, and so entirely without hope of gain? Who else will so frankly reveal his business secrets for the benefit of his fellows? Who else so clearly recognizes the fact that the world is large enough for all mankind?"

  - Henry Dreer, Dreer's Vegetables Under Glass

The Importance of Plans - Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016 22:00

A goal without a plan is nothing more than a dream.

Meaningful - Friday, 18 Mar 2016 11:00

Doing something meaningful is vital to our own mental health.  I feel that so many people do not understand this and are thus unhappy at work and in life.  There are so many ways to make a difference in people's lives in a huge and meaningful way.  The generally thought of ways to impact someone's life are to be a doctor, nurse, police officer, firefighter.  I give you one more idea, what about a small farmer?  Be the person who puts healthy, natural, safe food on people's tables.  You can impact people's lives more than you could imagine.

Satisfaction - Monday, 29 Feb 2016 09:00

"To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds and watch the renewal of life--this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
  ~Charles Dudly Warner

Extra - Monday, 29 Feb 2016 00:00

I feel like I am getting an extra day's work done this month.

Oops - Saturday, 27 Feb 2016 19:00

I just deleted about 4 months worth of posts... bummer.

One of my favorites... "The Mythology of Things"

Nevermind... Google cache to the rescue.

Mythology of Things - Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 10:00

Is an object what we care about or is it the mythology surrounding the object? 

I have things I really like, things I would be bummed if I lost.  My bikes are special to me, they are nothing more than a few bits of metal, plastic and rubber but they became more.  The memories surrounding them are the things I really care about, the objects remind me of these experiences I had.  They create a mythology about this object that takes it beyond just a bike and elevates it to something more.

The mythology of our lives is tied up in a scattered collection of things we keep, things we have lost, the memories we so desperately try to hang on to, the stories we tell of the past and our dreams of the future.  Maybe this is why people have such trouble letting go of objects.  These objects have through our experiences become a part of us, part of the story, the mythology, of us, me, you...

Shoulda - Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 01:00

If there was ever a word to never to dwell on "shoulda" would be my pick.  Make decisions, live with them, move on, you can't change the past so stop thinking it over and wishing... Just try to get it right next time.

Singles Awareness Day - Sunday, 14 Feb 2016 11:00

I hope you have a good Singles Awareness Day.

Born Creative - Monday, 08 Feb 2016 15:00

We are all born creative, we are artists, musicians, dancers and dreamers.  How do some of us hang on to that elusive thread that lets us express ourselves?  Why do some of us lose it completely?

We are born creative, we need to live creatively and hang on to our passion to create.

Letting Go - Monday, 08 Feb 2016 11:00

If you are not willing to sell everything, turn off the internet and unplug your TV; are you ready for heaven?  I'm not saying we have to do this but it makes it easier to be closer to God if you are free of your earthly possessions.  Everything is replaceable, be willing to give up the things that don't matter.

I am trying to reduce my possessions to a minimum that I can still have a comfortable and enjoyable life.  Maybe with less life will be more enjoyable.

Unplugged - Sunday, 07 Feb 2016 17:00

I called my ISP and scheduled my disconnect for tonight.  Productivity will likely increase without the time sink of the Internet on my computer, TV, etc... I still have internet on my phone, it isn't a full disconnect but now I have limited data and have to chose what I want to use it on.

This is going to be fun.

Courage - Wednesday, 03 Feb 2016 17:00

Do I have the courage to follow my dreams?  I hope I do, I fear I don't.  Right now I'm inching onwards the edge, I need to run and trust that the parachute will open.

Unplugged - Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 01:00

I have been considering pulling the plug on my main internet connection for the summer.  Do I need the internet? No.  Is it nice to have? Yes.  If I do something like this I would still have my phone and it's data connection for the basics.  Maybe I'm becoming an old man but I keep saying to myself things like, "When I was a kid I had one toy, outside." "You don't need all those fancy gizmos."

On the up side, I would get a ton of stuff done by not having the Internet distracting me.  Who knows, after the summer I might leave it turned off, although I doubt that outcome.

$700 a year could be a nice extra to save, when did the Internet get so expensive?

Maybe I am just coming unhinged about going unplugged(don't worry about posts for here, I tend to write them all on my phone before bed or at lunch at work)

Fear - Thursday, 21 Jan 2016 12:00

We are afraid, we don't take chances, we play it safe.  How did this happen to us?  We have survived and grown by taking risks and challengening ourselves.  When did we lose our ability to overcome fear and move forward?  The unknown is scary, let's go get terrified.

I Prefer Memories - Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 18:00

Photographs are a perfect recording of a moment in time and are not subject to changes like memories. Ffor the important moments in life I prefer memories over photographs.  Cameras are amazing but they can take you out of a moment and in that they take away the memory.  I do love taking photos, just not of the important moments.

Learning - Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 00:00

Not succeeding is only failure if you did not learn something.

Upgrades - Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015 08:00

New job, new hours.  More time to do the things I need to do.  Sometimes I just need an extra day to get stuff done, three day weekends are amazing.  I feel like I work harder when I'm not at work.  So much to do, so many projects, so many people to see.  Time to get back to work so I can relax.

Black Friday - Thursday, 26 Nov 2015 19:00

In some places across this country tonight the it's as if someone announced we are in danger of running out of stuff and those who need stuff better buy it now because it is going away forever.
  ~Brian Williams

The Details of Art - Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 09:00

Do we need to know the details of how a piece of art is made to be able to appreciate it?  Do we need to know the back story of why a piece art was created?  I think not.  I think we need to appreciate the art for the art, not the details surrounding it. 

As photographers we often get obsessed with things like what camera,  lens and settings were used.  I think it is time to step back and just looks th the images.

Riches - Sunday, 08 Nov 2015 05:00

What are great riches worth if not to help your fellow man.

Dreams - Thursday, 05 Nov 2015 14:00

Dreams are like goals that you don't believe you can achieve.  Make them happen.

What I Am - Saturday, 24 Oct 2015 20:00

Things I am NOT a ....
Photographer
Cook
Gardener
Adventurer
Bicyclist
Kayaker
Explorer
Geek
Nerd
Hacker
or any other similar title.

I am a doer and a human.  I am not just a label.

Alice - Saturday, 24 Oct 2015 19:00

Every time I use google I feel like Alice.  I fall down a rabbit hole and find amazing and interesting things.  Time distorts, you feel tiny, you feel powerful and big, you become mad as a hatter.  Knowledge flows and you learn from all the other "Alice's" trapped on the Internet.  The Internet is the 21st century hallucinogen.

If you see a white rabbit can you tell him I am looking for him?  I really need to know the time, my phone battery has died.

Differences - Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 19:00

"Impossible" is not the same as "can't."

Reality of Fear - Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 07:00

You are not afraid of the dark.
You are afraid of the monsters that live in the dark.

You are not afraid of heights.
You are afraid of falling.

You are not afraid of making a mistake.
You are afraid you won't be able to fix it.

You are not afraid of failure.
You are afraid of failing again, and again, and again, and again...

You are not afraid of dying.
You are afraid you have not truly lived.

You are not afraid of being alone.
You are afraid being forgotten.

You are not afraid of how the people around you see you.
You are afraid of how you see yourself.

You are not afraid of tomorrow.
You are afraid you have not done enough today to make tomorrow better.

You are not afraid of getting lost.
You are afraid nobody will look for you.

You are not afraid.
You are human.

Being Wrong - Sunday, 18 Oct 2015 11:00

Once in a while it is good to be wrong.

Things I Want and Do Not Want - Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 19:00

I want...
A small home in the country.
My family to be safe.
A garden to grow my food.
Freedom from the burdens of modern life.

I don't want...
Life in the city.
To go to the grocery store.
Working a job I hate.
Buying things I don't need.

I guess the basic idea is...
I want to take on a subsistence life.
I want to live my own life in peace.
I want what I need, and maybe a few things I want.
I want to work hard all summer to prepare for winter and during the winter get ready for the coming summer.

For now I'll keep the internet and use it to learn.
I'll keep my job I hate to make money(ugh).
I'lla go to the grocery store to buy "food" of questionable quality.
Sell things to people that they don't need for money they don't have.
I will push forward and work toward my goals.

Important - Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 18:00

What is important, money, a career, fame or things?  Could it be something else?  I think it is something else.  I think the most important thing is love for your fellow man.  That means everybody, even those you could hate or fear.

Fully Committed - Monday, 12 Oct 2015 06:00

The best way to do something is with your whole heart.

TED - Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 03:00

I have been watching a lot of TED recently.  A lot of talks about happiness, choices and the human spirit.  I think we all need to watch these.

Things We Should Have Done - Tuesday, 06 Oct 2015 13:00

Sometimes it is too late, sometimes it isn't.  Sometimes you just have to try even after it's too late.

It's time to change course and get on track to where I never knew I needed to be...

More Stuff - Monday, 28 Sep 2015 11:00

I don't want more stuff.  I want more useful items, not stuff.

The Impossible - Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 18:00

It may not be impossible or incredibly difficult but to me it might as well be, for I don't know how to do it or where to start learning about it.

Never Quit - Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 06:00

Failure is always an option, quitting is not.

Slavery - Sunday, 13 Sep 2015 19:00

Wars in old times were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is debt.
  -Ezra Pound

Anchors - Sunday, 13 Sep 2015 18:00

Memories are fragile, sometimes we keep objects as reminders of memories.  These objects are like anchors into our past.  Anchors are interesting things though, they can keep you safe during a stormy time, they can hold you back when you need to move forward or they can keep you from being adrift and losing sight of what is important.  Sometimes you need to cut your anchor line and drift before you find your course.

Things - Friday, 11 Sep 2015 18:00

There are eight types of things in the world...
Things we need
Things we don't need
Things we want
Things we don't want
Things we use
Things we use up
Things we like
Things we don't like

Maybe we need to reevaluate what would go in each of those categories.  Focus on the things we need, the things we use, and use up.  We have so much, we have too much.

Passing of Time - Tuesday, 08 Sep 2015 17:00

239 years ago we had just declared independence and were about to go to war with cannons, muskets and sailing ships.  150 years ago were just recovering from the civil war having ended slavery in America.  112 years ago the wright brothers flew the first heavier than air aircraft.  78 years ago the Hindenburg fell from the sky on fire.  70 years ago we flew an armada of bombers half way across the Pacific Ocean to drop an atomic bomb on Japan.  46 years ago man set foot on the moon.  Now we have electric cars, a worldwide communications network known as the Internet, space probes that have left our solar system and robots on other planets.

The Coming Cold - Saturday, 05 Sep 2015 19:00

Winter is approaching, we are flirting with frost and freezing.  I welcome the winter and the hope of a deep snowpack but I want winter to wait a few more weeks so I can get the rest of my garden harvested.  Winter has to come, without it summer has no meaning, please wait your turn though.

Broken Promises - Thursday, 03 Sep 2015 13:00

The future promised us flying cars, hover boards, moon bases and laser weapons.  Instead we got 140 characters, hash tags and likes.

I feel ripped off and lied to.

Things - Monday, 31 Aug 2015 18:00

The things you own end up owning you.  Be free, don't be a hoarder.

Billions - Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 03:00

Medical and pharmaceutical companies make billions in profits every year.  The people that help save lives and provide better quality of life should be compensated, but billions of dollars in profits?  It is like our lives are being held ransom any time we get sick or injured.  When did we cross the line of medical care to profiteering?  When did we forget about our humanity?  I am not advocating free medical care, just reasonable, upfront pricing.

Consumerism - Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 14:00

We buy, consume, hoard and collect.  What is wrong with us?  There will be another iPod, TV, book, jar of pickles, shirt and shorts.  We can survive with much less, we can even live VERY comfortably with less.  I am for less of the fluff, more of the essentials.  I am not a minimalist, just not a hoarder as our society seems to promote.

The Things We Fear - Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 16:00

Do we fear the right things?  Are you afraid of the dark, heights, sharks or water?  Maybe you are afraid of the monsters that live in the dark, falling, getting bitten or drowning.

Being Human - Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 18:00

We are human, we behave like humans because that is what we are.  We need to aim for a higher goal, we need to be more like Jesus.

Push Yourself - Monday, 17 Aug 2015 06:00

If you are not risking failure, you are not pushing yourself enough.

Gardening - Monday, 10 Aug 2015 18:00

Two hundred years ago we were an agrarian society, people farmed and gardened to survive.  Now we work in offices and factories to buy food, or in most cases, food like substances.  With a big push to eat locally produced food why not eat the most locally produced food you can, grow a garden, as big of a garden as you can.  If you rely on your job for food you are one paycheck away form starvation, but if you garden you can produce enough to eat like a king for months.

Tomorrow - Sunday, 09 Aug 2015 05:00

When you get there, tomorrow will just seem like another today.  Make today great.

Sleep - Friday, 07 Aug 2015 02:00

What is your sleep worth?  50 cents an hour?  4 dollars a night?  Mine is worth more.

The Difficulty of Joy - Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 12:00

"It's easy to write a sad song, it's incredibly difficult to write the hallelujah chorus"

Nourishment - Saturday, 01 Aug 2015 10:00

People cook to feed the body, cooking feeds the mind, creating something, discovering flavors.  If you don't feed your mind, why feed your body?

Monsters in the Dark - Friday, 24 Jul 2015 06:00

I am not afraid of the dark, I am afraid of the monsters that live in the dark.

Smart - Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 17:00

Just because says smart in the name doesn't mean it is.

Winning - Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 12:00

Winning isn't everything but it sure feels good.

Back to Basics - Friday, 17 Jul 2015 14:00

Get overwhelmed, panic, stress out, slow down, stop, relax... RESET.  Get back to the basics.

Separation of Creativity - Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 02:00

Is a photo taken by a robot less amazing/beautiful than one taken by a person?  Does it matter that the robot was programmed by a person?  Is this any different than a self timer(a very sophisticated self time at that) on a camera?

Traveling Together - Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 12:00

If the devil never seems to throw obstacles up in your path could it be that you are traveling together?  You don't notice resistance until you go against the flow.

Perfect Moment - Friday, 10 Jul 2015 13:00

There is nothing quite as exciting as having a moment of perfection in whatever you are doing,

Writing - Thursday, 09 Jul 2015 08:00

Thoughts pouring from my head, hand and fingers.  Sweat, tears and blood the color of ink blotting a sheet of paper.  Memories locked in time, alongside the hopes, dreams, and fears.  If no one reads, what will happen to the writers?

Moments in Time - Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 10:00

Don't live in the moment, live the moment.  Don't just be there, be a part of what is happening.

Your Limits - Saturday, 04 Jul 2015 06:00

Never having failed means you never truly learned your potential.

Now and Then - Friday, 03 Jul 2015 12:00

Live every day like it's your last and plan for many more to come.

Danger - Thursday, 02 Jul 2015 12:00

The most dangerous thing to do in life can be to play it safe.

Fear - Monday, 29 Jun 2015 10:00

The unknown can be one of the scariest things to encounter, I want to be terrified.

Secrets - Monday, 29 Jun 2015 09:00

Secrets are something special for one, too much for two and nothing at all for three.

Weeds and Gardening - Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 10:00

I was thinking about how nice it would be if fruits and vegetables would grow like weeds, just popping up everywhere and I had a thought.  I wonder if it was like that in the Garden of Eden and will it be like that in heaven?  I suspect that it will be.

Beauty - Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 10:00

There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.
  ~Paul Valery

Time and Wounds - Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 21:00

Time heals all wounds, but some are so deep that it can take a lifetime to heal.

Baseball - Friday, 26 Jun 2015 19:00

Strange, very strange.  I just don't understand it.  It's such a slow game.

Basic Math - Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 12:00

We are the sum total of our life experiences, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the joys and the tears.  Get out there and add something to the total.

Dirt - Monday, 22 Jun 2015 20:00

Gardening barefoot is interesting, you grow, feel better, think more clearly.  Go plant YOURSELF in the garden for a couple hours, feel the joy of playing in the dirt.

Inflation - Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 12:00

Every time history repeats it's self the price goes up.

Refined by Failure - Friday, 19 Jun 2015 06:00

If you are defined by your successes, it could be said that you are refined by your failures.

Memory - Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 09:00

Never mind, I forgot what I was going to post.

Reach - Saturday, 13 Jun 2015 15:00

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?
  ~Robert Browning

Quitting - Friday, 12 Jun 2015 14:00

Quitting is looked upon with such a negative light that many people will push forward long after it becomes obvious that the only option other than quitting is total and complete failure and yet they push on.

Learn to quit with dignity rather than fail in disgrace.

Bumpuses - Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 13:00

I am really going to miss being Mr. Bumpus when the hounds move out.

Happiness - Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 12:00

The constitution only guarantees the american people the right to pursue happiness.
YOU HAVE TO CATCH IT YOURSELF.
~Benjamin Franklin

Monday Morning - Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 12:00

It's easy to made "predictions" when you have 20/20 hindsight.

Busybodies - Saturday, 06 Jun 2015 07:00

2 Thessalonians 3:11 AMP
[11] Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty, being busy with other people's affairs instead of their own and doing no work.

Truth - Sunday, 31 May 2015 16:00

There is a saying... "Killing time"

It's such a sad thing to hear people say.  Killing time, slowly killing yourself as you kill time.  Be active and live every moment of the time you have.

Enemies - Sunday, 31 May 2015 06:00

Do not wish ill for your enemy, plan it.

Paranoia - Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:00

It's only called paranoia till you are pulling the knife out of your back.

The Future - Wednesday, 20 May 2015 16:00

"Welcome to the future!"
"It looks neat here, can I go back now?"
"No."

Where to Look - Tuesday, 12 May 2015 06:00

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

Not Everything - Monday, 04 May 2015 03:00

Winning isn't everything but it sure feels good.

Green with Envy - Saturday, 02 May 2015 20:00

Going green should not mean coveting your neighbors hybrid car, solar panels, garden or energy efficient big screen LCD TV.

Children - Saturday, 02 May 2015 14:00

Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
[6] Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Listening - Friday, 01 May 2015 18:00

It is better to listen to your conscience than your ambition for wealth and power.  Is the paycheck worth it?  Is the prestige worth it?  Don't trade your conscience and moral values for wealth and power.

Letting Go - Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 02:00

Letting go is one of the hardest things to do and one of the most important things to do in life.  If you want to be free to live your life how you want you must be willing to let the things that are holding you back go.  Sometimes it is things, sometimes it can be feelings, the one thing you need to remember is to let go...

Hills - Friday, 24 Apr 2015 07:00

Hills are not an obstacle, they are a challenge, a goal, a trophy when you look back at them.  How you face the things that challenge you is as important if not more so than the outcome. 

No Greater Love - Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 02:00

John 15:13 NKJV
[13] Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

True North - Monday, 20 Apr 2015 06:00

Sometimes finding your true north means you need everything to go south for a time.

Honesty - Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 16:00

If you wish to be honest with others you must first be honest with yourself.

Work - Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 02:00

Yeah, it's called work, ever wonder why?  There are so many people that want the benefits without the effort of work.  There are employees that don't give an honest day's work for their pay, there are people that want to live off of welfare.  Somebody has to pay, the people that work, sweat and give what it takes to get what they want and need.

Get out there and do your fair share.

Fearing Failure - Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 06:00

I don't fear failure, I fear not risking failure.

Power - Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 21:00

Power without corruption can only be used for good.

Speed - Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 09:00

"You seem to be in an awful big hurry to get somewhere."
"Nope, already been there, just heading home."

B Mode - Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015 09:00

Sometimes life is like playing Tetris in B Mode.  Obstacles get thrown up in your way and the only thing you can do is work around them and make the best of a messy situation.

Coincidences - Sunday, 05 Apr 2015 09:00

Coincidences generally take a lot of planning.

Life - Friday, 27 Mar 2015 16:00

Sometimes life is shorter than we planned, hoped, or dreamed.  Take every opportunity to tell the ones you love and care about how much they mean to you.  The next time you part ways could be the last...

Traveling - Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 15:00

When you realize you are on the wrong path taking a u turn to get back to where you lost your way is the only way to get where you really want to be.

Keep Going - Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 02:00

If you are going through hell, keep going.
~Winston Churchill

The future - Friday, 06 Mar 2015 06:00

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
~Abraham Lincoln

Artist - Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 19:00

You do not get to call yourself an artist, you can be a painter, photographer or musician.  Your audience can choose to call you an artist but I don't believe that is a title you can choose for yourself.

Winds - Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 16:00

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
  ~Lucius Annaeus Senica

Defining Success - Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 06:00

Failure is not only an option, it is required for success to have any meaning.

Too Far - Monday, 16 Feb 2015 16:00

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
  ~TS Elliot

Mountains - Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 09:27

We do not conquer mountains, we instead overcome our own fears and limitations to do the thing we thought impossible.

Sometimes our mountain is a creek to cross, a trail to walk, or a bridge to cross to reunite with an old friend.  Go conquer your mountains.

Butterflies - Saturday, 07 Feb 2015 19:00

Proof that sometimes you get a second chance.

Week Book Ends - Saturday, 07 Feb 2015 10:00

I have been thinking about the weekend a bit more than normal due to work schedules and stuff.  We call it the weekend but is it really or is that a way for the secular world to change the week.  Many calendars start with Monday and put Sunday as the seventh day.  This makes the weekend make sense as it is now at the end of the week.  Would it be more appropriate to call Saturday and Sunday weekbookends rather than weekend?

Set for Life - Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 11:00

Is being set for life a good thing or is it the worst thing ever.

To have to work for your dreams and hope give a great satisfaction once you cross the finish line.  Does having everything you need to achieve your dreams without work diminish the result?

Translation - Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 08:00

Park Park Park Park Park Park Park Park Park ... Park Park Park ... Park Park Park Park Park Park

Quite possibly the funniest thing ever(I can explain if you ask).


Embarrassment of Abundance - Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 07:00

We have so much stuff we hid it in drawers, closets, attics, garages and storage sheds.  We don't show these places full of stuff to others and if they inadvertently find them be act embarrassed. Is this an embarrassment based on clutter or is it an embarrassment of abundance?  We have so much we should be ashamed of the gluttony of our excesses and acquisitions.

We are burying ourselves in our vast mountain of stuff.

Bikes are life - Friday, 23 Jan 2015 11:00

A bike is not just a piece of metal.
A bike is not just a tool.
A bike is not just transportation.
A bike is adventure.
A bike is memories.
A bike is hope.
A bike is dreams.
A bike is a time machine.
A bike is a way to meet old friends for the first time.

A bike is a metaphore for life, you can put all the power into it you want but if you are not planted firmly on the ground you just spin your wheels.  Point it in any direction and you can go places.  You can steer it any direction you wish, it's your choice how rough of a road you want to travel, it is your choice how far you want to travel.  You only get out of a bike what you put into it.  Sometimes the ride is delayed with a flat, sometimes it ends early with a crash.  Bikes are about the journey, not the destination.

It doesn't matter if it is to the end of your driveway or around the world, just go ride.


Procrastination - Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 06:00

Hard work often pays off after time.
Lazy ness always pays off now.

Wanderer - Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 20:49

It is better to wander and risk getting lost than to have lost your will to wander.

2015 - Thursday, 01 Jan 2015 00:00

Happy you are now in the same place relative to the sun as you were 365 days ago Day.

On Photography - Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 06:00

A photograph is not complete until it has an audience.

Quitting - Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:12

Failure lasts till your next attempt, quitting lasts forever.

Everything - Friday, 26 Dec 2014 13:11

It doesnt get any easier, you just get faster

~Greg LeMond

Exploration - Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 05:00

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

Noise - Monday, 22 Dec 2014 10:22

Turn down the volume, listen closely, hear more.

There is so much noise and so many distractions that sometimes silencing it all is the only to hear more.

A Rich Man - Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 11:08

Matthew 19:24 KJV
[24] And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Giving All - Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 02:20

Mark 12:42-44 KJV
[42] And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. [43] And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: [44] For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

The Future - Friday, 04 Jul 2014 15:24

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
~Abraham Lincoln

Things - Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 07:51

"The things you own end up owning you.  It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."

-Tyler Durden

A secure future - Monday, 26 May 2014 17:30

Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a mans living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

We Are Hoarders - Sunday, 18 May 2014 20:12

We are collectors, we are hoarders, we are consumers.  We buy more and more useless stuff that TV and the internet tells us we need.  Our attics are full, our garages are full, we park our 3 cars in the driveway because there is no space in the garage.  We rent storage sheds for stuff we will never use or ever look at other than to move to another storage shed.  Why?  We are hoarders.

The Return - Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:42

Questions will be asked... soon

Loss of Knowledge - Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 07:00

The loss of knowledge for the sake of information is one of the greatest crimes one can commit against themselves.

Expectational Debt - Friday, 01 Jun 2012 08:00

The site here has been neglected for too long with big breaks between posts.  This has created a case of expectational debt where you are expecting something and it has not been delivered.

Thanks for your understanding and check back later.


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