To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. And if you no longer need them, then that is neither wasteful nor shameful. Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a cupboard or drawer that you have forgotten… Read more SPARK JOY


“Spirit bird she creaks and groans she knows she has, seen this all before she has, seen this all before.  Slowly it fades. Slowly you fade soldier on soldier on my good country man.  Keep fighting for your culture, now keep fighting for your land.” —Xavier Rudd Trials and Tribulations Why is being a father so hard?… Read more SPIRIT BIRD


“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind The Footprints In Place When I run my fingertips over a brick wall of a local shop… Read more URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY


“I should not measure my self-worth by what is inherently harder for me to do, but it is close to impossible not to.” — Anna Koppelman Listening Bliss When I listen to a podcast my imagination allows me the wonderful superpower to immerse myself directly in the conversation.  Like a common house fly, I find a… Read more STAPLE


“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! The Flaw Today I discovered a major flaw in my… Read more SPAM FILTER ON


“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ― Herman Melville It’s All A Dream James Altucher recently tweeted “How To Make A Billion Dollar Company From Scratch” and the graphic is someone holding an American billion dollar bill. It’s the poetic American Dream. Last night I had a dream that I… Read more CHICKEN SCRATCH


  It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. — W. Edwards Deming Fatal Error Before I was born my parents lived in a small house that my father built with his bare hands out of twigs, strands of string, and a roll of duct tape.  No, I wasn’t born into a family… Read more FATAL ERROR