Angels Landing – where I fear to tread

Angels Landing Zion National ParkA few weeks ago, I was in Zion National Park, Utah – one of my favorite places in the world. I am fortunate that I live so close to the park and have had the opportunity to visit there about 20 times. On this occasion, the top thing on the todo list was to hike Angels Landing – a 1500 foot rock formation that is accessible either by rock climbing up a vertical face or winding your way up the back side along narrow trails that drop straight down to the valley below. To say I was nervous is an understatement. I was nervous about the strenuous hike and about slipping and falling to my death. For some, this hike is not a big deal, such as my son and daughter, but for me it was a fear I did not know if I could overcome.
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May 18, 2014Permalink

Emotions of death

candle of remembrance and mourningA sign of old age, among so many, is more and more of the people close to you passing away. It feels like I have been on a run these past few years, and I really really don’t like it. No, really really does not capture it, I hate it. One of my favorite book characters, Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books, who always seems to have wisdom for me says, “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” He also says, “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” Yes, true true, I agree, but this does not make me feel the slightest bit better.  In fact, in this case I can better relate with Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore’s rival who says,  “There is nothing worse than death, Dumbledore!” Yes, he’s got it. This is how I feel. Of course, wise old Dumbledore has the response, “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” True, at least I think true, so where does this leave me?

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Can life continue without TV?

Life without televisionTV has been a part of my  life as far back as I can remember, and now it is gone. For the last four months, our family has been without cable, satellite, or any means of getting TV in our house. With expenses increasing over the past few yeasts and no increases in income, we decided to look at ways to cut back. This is one of those ways we are trying. How has it gone? Well, I am having sports fan withdrawal, but surprisingly we have done pretty well.

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London, Paris, Italy, and vacations

venice italy canalI just got back from a vacation with my wife and one of my daughters to London, Paris, and Italy. It was two and a half weeks of forgetting normal responsibilities, seeing new things, experiencing fascinating cultures, and being with people I love – awesome!

Coming home from such great adventures is always hard for me. I mean there are good things, like seeing my other children and the comforts of home, but I would be happy to still be out there in vacation world for just a bit longer. A friend of mine that just returned from a similar trip said it was nice to be back at home sweet home. I don’t feel this way. What does this say about me?

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Goal reached and a new beginning

100When I started Litl Quest, my goal was to write 100 articles and see where things go. I was hoping it would only take me a year, but it ended up taking more like a year and a half, but I did it! I was also planning to make a big deal of the 100th article, but that didn’t happen, so the next hope was that this article, 101, would be something really special, but I keep not having a big enough block of time to do something special, so I am just going to do something.

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February 17, 2013Permalink Leave a comment

Is real estate the missing piece?

Investment and rental propertiesNo account of my life quest would be complete without a mention of real estate. It is not a big piece of my life, at least so far, but it is an important piece, like the stock market and running my own business, both of which I will need to get to in another post. So, back to real estate. I have invested in real estate by virtue of buying the home I am living in, but I have often toyed with being a landlord, even from the very start.

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Choosing better over good

Choosing somethign good over something better I have discovered for me that the challenge in life is not in choosing good over evil but better over good. I have observed  that I have a tendency to want to do good things, which is fine, but but at the cost of better things. I tell myself that I am doing something good, and certainly not bad, so my conscience seems to be more willing to let me get away with it. In a way, I am getting myself out of doing the better thing.

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What a difference a year makes 2

What a difference a year makesTwo  months ago it was the one year anniversary of my getting really sick.  Without a doubt, it has been the hardest twelve months of my life since then. I hesitate to write about all of this anymore because I don’t want to dwell on it, but I feel there is still some value in reflecting on what has happened and then I can say good-bye to it all in this blog.

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December 18, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

My new clothing cycle system

My clothing rotation system - closetEvery now and then, I have a “Duh!” moment – that’s one of those moments in which something dawns on you that seems so obvious and you wonder why you never thought of it before. Well, I had one of these this week regarding my clothing cycle system. Yes, I have a system that dictates how I cycle through the cloths I wear. For me, it’s a lot more complex than just wear it and wash it.

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November 16, 2012Permalink Leave a comment