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"Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance ... through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality ... and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely ... that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time."

Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning
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Spring Cleaning

May 16, 2015 by

I feel like a lot of the things that I think about over and over again are like junk in an attic. They accumulate over the years, and I take them out to look at them every once in a while for sentimental reasons. But it’s junk. I don’t need it anymore, it’s not helping me, it’s an empty and unproductive pastime. It distracts...

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Words to Live By
Words to Live By
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Words to Live By

Oct 3, 2014 by

An old teacher gave me this, at first I thought it was corny, but the longer I live the more brilliant I realize it is. I’ve added a few of my own in over time. Never entertain any negative thoughts, even past negative thoughts. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the prize. Defeat is a state of...

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Peach Berry Green Smoothie
Peach Berry Green Smoothie
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Peach Berry Green Smoothie

Sep 26, 2014 by

This is my favorite green smoothie recipe, I think you could let anyone try this and they would like it, even if you surprised them by letting them know about a third of it was spinach afterwards. Ingredients: 1.5 – 2 cups spinach .5-1 cup Snapple Peach Tea 3 Berry Mix Frozen from Costco (Blueberries, Marionberry, Raspberries) or make your own mix with other frozen berries 1 Banana – it helps...

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C.S. Lewis – The Value of Old Books
C.S. Lewis – The Value of Old Books
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Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook—even those, like myself, who seem most opposed to it. … To...

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Imagination Run Amok
Imagination Run Amok
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Imagination Run Amok

Sep 19, 2014 by

While I was walking tonight I realized that a lot of the time I am caught up in a “reality” that is figment of my imagination. I would bet that all of us are. I often imagine that people are much more hostile than they really are. I’ve seen and read of people doing so many bad things to each other, that now I...

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Investing: Withstanding the Tides of Change
Investing: Withstanding the Tides of Change
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I’m a lover of history, there are a lot of important lessons to be learned. The most important is that things change, and from this you can derive that putting all of your eggs in one basket is a foolish idea. Here are a few thought provoking examples from the book “The Next 100 Years:” Imagine that you were alive in the summer of 1900, living...

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How to Improve Your Health and Feel Fantastic
How to Improve Your Health and Feel Fantastic
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What’s the point of doing all this work and attaining the freedom to live the way you want if you destroy your health to achieve it? Manage your health before wealth (or anything else), or you’ll end up with neither. Recently I’ve had several shocks that have demolished my youthful illusions of invincibility, and I’ve also found new ways to improve my health and...

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Extending the Life of Produce: No More Slimy Spinach
Extending the Life of Produce: No More Slimy Spinach
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Since starting my green smoothie love affair I’ve noticed that the hardest thing to keep fresh are the leafy greens. The bananas can get nice and ripe and then be bagged and frozen, same with the rest of the fruit. Fruit juices, yogurts, and the rest keep just fine in the fridge. But greens start to get nasty like it’s going out of style....

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Best BBQ Ribs without the BBQ
Best BBQ Ribs without the BBQ
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I used to think that Barbecue ribs were a hard recipe to do well, but that is absolutely untrue! These ribs easily compete with Barbecue restaurants like Lucille’s, and take only about 20 minutes of effort on your part. The ingredients ring in at $10 or less if you get the meat at a good price, I like to buy a whole rack of ribs and...

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No Equipment Workouts
No Equipment Workouts
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No Equipment Workouts

Aug 23, 2014 by

I like being able to workout anywhere, and the key to this is getting good exercises that require no equipment. Great for finance too, why spend all that money on a membership or equipment? Unless you’re an athlete or gym enthusiast, does it really make sense to have the gym membership? Do you have long periods of little or no visits while still paying...

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Waiting For That Day to Come
Waiting For That Day to Come
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It’s a glorious and peaceful Sunday, a pool of sunlight laps outside my window and I am kissed by the cool artificial breeze of our air conditioner after a nice refreshing shower. I like to meditate, even though sometimes it leads down a rabbit hole. Today I have been wrestling with the wait. The balancing act of working hard to save money until I...

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FI: The Dream of Financial Independence
FI: The Dream of Financial Independence
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One of the reasons I started this site was so that I could write about my own quest for financial independence. I think it’ll be fun to look back on when I get there, or sigh over if I don’t. About a year ago I discovered and got hooked on the ERE blog. Jacob pushed it farther than I intend to, but the idea rang...

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Things I want to Make
Things I want to Make
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Things I want to Make

Aug 11, 2014 by

This is an ongoing list of things that I want to make, or that are at various stages of completion. Things that move: A construction size 3d printer An AI, first in software, then give it a way to interact with the world A chef bot, bartender bot Develop a low cost means of achieving escape velocity Develop an open ended game/space for the...

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Books to Read
Books to Read
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Books to Read

Aug 11, 2014 by

Highly Recommended Walden – The greatest book ever written. I completely reevaluated my life after reading, started focusing on what’s important, and how to really be alive. Lonesome Dove – This one knocked my socks off and sent me in to an existential reevaluation of life and relationships. Tough at first, but hard to put down after it gets started. Recommended: The Story of World...

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Below Freshet and Frost and Fire
Below Freshet and Frost and Fire
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If the engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains. If the bell rings, why should we run? We will consider what kind of music they are like. Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe,...

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