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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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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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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┬áthe ERE blog. Jacob pushed it farther than I intend to, but the idea rang...

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