Best reasons to #OptOutside on public lands this Black Friday

This is a short draft written for #NatureWritingChallenge, a weekly exercise to spend an hour writing about a specific topic about the outdoors, then participating in a twitter chat with the other participants. This week’s topic is the title of this post; though as it turned out, this post is less about #optoutside on Black … Read more

I gave up the NFL to make more time for adventuring

Football season is once again upon us, but I won’t be donning my favorite jersey on Sunday mornings this season, yet again. Don’t get me wrong. I grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan. Well, make that a rather passionate Niners fan. How passionate you ask? Well, passionate enough to persuade force my parents to let … Read more

I am going to die on December 27, 2060

It’s going to be a Monday, about six weeks after I celebrate my 82nd birthday. And it’s the day I’m planning to die on. Why did I choose that date? Well, not for any big, significant reason, really. Basic life expectancy calculations place my death somewhere between ages 84 and 87. So I figured that, since … Read more

101 things

A recap of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project

The 101 list was an experiment to see if I would accomplish more than I would with New Year’s resolutions. I did. I figured that the longer time period and longer list of potential projects would allow me more flexibility in achieving the goals I had set forth. It also did.

Wallet and keychain

Carrying less: simplifying and decluttering my pockets

I’ve always been one of those people. You know, the kind of person that always brought a bunch of stuff wherever I went. I’d have a large keychain of keys, a thick wallet bursting at the seams, a cell phone, an ipod, my wristwatch, and some model of PDA. My pockets were absolutely stuffed. Sure, … Read more

one in one out

Adopt the One-in, One-out rule today

It’s Christmas afternoon and you probably have a bunch of new stuff. Cool stuff indeed, and maybe even some not quite as cool stuff, too. Either way, a lot more stuff has entered your life in the last 24 hours. Here’s a simply way you can help ensure that all this stuff doesn’t add to … Read more

Online to offline relationships: My 10 in 3 challenge

I’m creating a personal goal of proactively reaching out to 10 people I know only online and establishing an offline relationship with them in the next 3 months. I’m going to call it my #10N3 challenge. A little bit of background I’ve been hovering around the edges of a few social media communities for awhile … Read more