Man At Work

Who is that guy waking up at 3 am for a 12 hour shift? The guy that will take a few days “off” to come do your chores? The guy who picks up the rake over a fishing pole? The guy still clocking in at 65? My Dad. He grew up in Dayton, Ohio; gardening, hunting mushrooms, working at the local donut shop and getting in a little fishing in here and there. In 1972...
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Reflections on 30 Years of Trial & Error

The month of May tends to bring a heavy mix of anticipation and scramble into my world as things seem to be on the cusp of the “glory days”; and by that I mean summertime. It is so sweet yet oh so fleeting here in our little mountain paradise. So to capitalize, it’s as if there’s this obligation to get out and enjoy every bit of it—whatever and whenever possible—knowing damn well that soon the...
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Lessons in SCAMS, Decision Making and The Integrity of Discounts

I have these nice looking studio-style speakers, about three feet tall, that sit in my house and collect dust. Haven’t used them for years and should probably just throw them out. But I haven’t. Why? I’ll get to that in a minute. First, let me tell you the story about these speakers. I was 16 years old cruising around in my first car—a 1988 Daihatsu, which was a little three cylinder hatchback that got damn...
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Enduring Quest? Or Lucid Pipe Dream?

A horrendous buzzing sound fills my head as I waive my arms in utter confusion. It’s pitch black and I can’t see a thing. Struggling to orient myself, I catch a glimpse of neon green light. The light then reads 4:02 am. A sigh of relief as I realize it’s the alarm clock and not an alien abduction. Although it’s only been just a few hours since managing to fall asleep, I pull myself out...
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