Category Archives: My life

Creating good ripples

Have you ever engaged in an act of spontaneous generosity? My Story Worth question for this week. We had just harvested timber, so I had the cash. And even though timber harvests are expected and planned parts of our forest … Continue reading

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My strangest year

My craziest year – Story Worth for this week. My strangest year was the academic year 1978-9. It was a kind of transition zone for me. My longtime girl friend dumped me. I was becoming disenchanted with studying ancient history. … Continue reading

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A perfect day

The perfect day was a day much like many others, but unexpected and stolen from the drudgery of work. My story started (as I am noticing about many of my stories) with beer drinking. Drinking too much beer. My friends … Continue reading

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Can people change?

My Story Worth question for this week. Do you believe people can change? Yes. Absolutely yes. This is one of the few things or which I am certain. We cannot help but change. Much of the way we think we … Continue reading

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My birthday 64 years old

Rituals are important, even little ones. Since I was 40 years old, I have been doing the bar flip on my birthday. That is now 24 years. The other pictures are from lunch. Chrissy & I went to Blackfinn. I … Continue reading

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Did you consider other careers?

Story Worth – Did you consider other careers? How did you choose? Little boy dreams I wanted to be a paleontologist. I was maybe five years old. Most boys like dinosaurs. I loved dinosaurs. I could spell that word before … Continue reading

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How America has changed in my lifetime

My story worth – How has the country changed in your lifetime? The surprising success of a fundamentally lazy man I thought of writing a book about my life’s experience. I didn’t get very far, but I came up with … Continue reading

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What were you like when you were fifty – story worth

What were you like at 50? Story Worth question. What was your life like when you were fifty? The most significant thing that happened in my 50th year was that we bought our first tree farm. I have discussed the … Continue reading

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Stoicism and Seneca

Rode down to a presentation at Smithsonian about stoicism and got a practical  lesson in stoicism on the way down. I used the hourly weather prediction to get plan to ride my bike when it was not raining. About 15 … Continue reading

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Describe the worst part of your life

Leaving out periods of sickness or bereavement, two periods of my life compete for “the worst.” Crashing at the takeoff It was the worst job year since the Great Depression. Unemployment in 1982 hit post World War II highs (think … Continue reading

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