A year of good commuting on the bus

UTA busFor the past 12 months, I have been commuting to work on the bus and train because my company moved offices. What was a  5.7 mile bicycle commute is now an 18 mile bus and train ride. It has taken a lot of adjustment and requires significantly more time, but it has saved money over driving and my current job is my best work option right now. The commute has also helped me, maybe I could say forced me, to find ways to use my commute time to fill some gaps in my life. Gaps like education, spiritual renewal, physical improvement, and even social skills. So, maybe what started as a “hardship” really is a blessing. However, the story of what I do on my commute is for another time. Today, I want to keep to the commute and what it means to me.
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July 23, 2017Permalink

From Spock to Bill Gates to Mark Rothko – an evolution

Mark Rothko Painting

I have been accused of being stubborn, sometimes very stubborn. In many ways, it is deserved. For sure if I were on the outside looking at me, I would be willing to bet that my attitudes towards certain aspects of life or the world would probably never change, but they have, at least in one direction, which amazes me.

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May 30, 2014Permalink

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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Stress – Relief from stress – 24 things I try to do

As I have been trying to figure out how to deal with my stress-related chronic illness, I have tried to find any means possible to get relief. Some things work, some things don’t work, some things work some of the time and not others. The whole journey has been a difficult path, but one that I needed to take; otherwise, things would just get worse.

At this time, I want to capture what I have learned. For the most part, this is to remind me of what I have learned and cannot afford to forget. If this can benefit you, so much the better, but remember that I am just sharing work works for me. Each must find their own way; I can only share my experience.

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January 11, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

A string of bad luck? It’s all good!

This past week, I was having what I thought was a string of bad luck. I went on vacation and had all sorts of problems with my car battery. I suspected it was something simple but feared it could be something much more major. We kept needing to jump start the car. I even had one of those portable jump starting devices, but it wouldn’t do the job. Also, while on vacation, I did a photo shoot and things did not go so well. I made a lot of poor choices during the shoot and the pictures were not coming out good at all. Then, after the shoot, I accidentally deleted all of my pictures from my memory card. Then, to compound my stupidity, instead of remembering that I could still recover the pictures from the memory card if I did not put any new files on the card, I put a ton of new files on the card. Add to that the fact that I tripped during the photo shoot and nearly broke my camera, myself, and my sunglasses. Hopefully you can see why I was starting to worry if I was cursed or something. Soon after I got home, even more problems cropped up. I just couldn’t believe what was happening. Was I in the middle of a string of bad luck?

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