Baile

That title is supposedly Gaelic for “home.” I had always known that my paternal grandfather’s family came from Scotland to Canada to the United States. But recently my aunt dug up more research about my great-great-grandmother. She was a McLeod from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Read more…

Saving My Sanity

Note: in an effort to become a better writer, blog more often, and maybe grow readers, I’m posting this on Medium too. If you’re so inclined, I would love a clap or a share or whatever. Thx. Part of my morning routine, besides putting away dishes, starting coffee, making breakfast, and Read more…

Digital Detox – done

And that’s a wrap! I did my “digital detox” for the 30 days of April. You can read the rules I setup on that link, but basically I removed most notifications from my phone/watch and committed to not checking most social media sites on my phone or computer for 30 Read more…

Digital Detox – halfway point

Yesterday marked two weeks of going through my “digital detox”. I followed Cal Newport’s direction for a 30 day digital detox from his book “Digital Minimalism.” I had been losing my interest in most social media platforms anyway and had become especially weary of all the pro and anti-President stuff Read more…

Tales From The Furlough

It’s been a rough couple weeks for me since the government shutdown started. The first two weeks were pretty easy because the whole family was home for winter break. But now they’re all back in school and I’m just sort of floating around trying to get stuff on my task Read more…

My Three Words for 2019

Last year I tried to theme my year with three words rather than commit myself to resolutions that I knew I wouldn’t keep anyway. I first heard of the concept from Mike Vardy, who in turn took the concept from Chris Brogan. My words last year were Mindful, Endure, and Hygge. As I reflected Read more…

Devoured by its own economic model

This is actually a great article over at SBNation which is more about economics than the NFL and Football. TL;DR – NFL franchises have become experts at “squeezing every profitable dollar, and trimming every wasteful one from the budget” making their teams more of an investment property that can coast on Read more…

More like Alt-Wrong

I’m a generally amicable person. I don’t hold grudges well, I’m friendly, I try to look at both sides of an issue objectively. What I’m trying to say is that I feel like I’m a pretty even-keeled person.   But there is one thing that melts my cheese … racial supremacists. Read more…

A different world

Note: I posted this originally on the Friendface … but felt I should post it here too. Found this photo on imgur. People watching the WTC burn 16 years ago. I remember that day pretty vividly. I remember feeling like the world would change. And it has. I hope we can Read more…