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: Journal Entry - Tuesday, May 4, 2024 Lady Liberty “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Those words, spoken by Thomas Paine united …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/07/24 Day #262 In a study conducted by Carroll University in Wisconsin, cat owners demonstrated higher …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/06/24 Day #261 The Stoic Philosophers asked questions about “the good.” These are classic questions that …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/05/24 Day #260 Stoic Question #1 What does it mean for something to be good? Not an easy question. The …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/04/24 Day #259 Stoic Question #2 What qualities make a person good? Now we are getting a little more …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/03/24 Day #258 Stoic Question #3 What makes someone’s life a good life? Abiding as closely as possible …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/02/24 Day #257 Stoic Question #4 Does being a good person ensure you will live a good life? To put it …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 06/01/24 Day #256 Stoic Question #5 Is being a good person enough to say you have lived a good life, even if …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/31/24 Day #255 I’ve been around long enough to know age is a state of mind. I’ve seen things come and go, …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/30/24 Day #254 The Benefits of Journaling: Mindfulness Patience Personal Growth Building Consistency …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/29/24 Day #253 I need to quit interrupting people. It’s strange, often when I restrain myself and the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/28/24 Day #252 Is there anything better than the practice of examining one’s entire day? —Seneca Seneca, …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/27/24 Day #251 If I don’t like eating spaghetti, that’s my choice. That choice does not grant me the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/26/24 Day #250 The fool talks, the wise man writes. First of all, there is no such thing as a truly wise …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/25/24 Day #249 I would like to learn Kumiko. Kumiko is a traditional Japanese woodworking technique that …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/24/24 Day #248 I probably kiss the cat on the top of his head more often than I should, but I’m pretty …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/23/24 Day #247 I enjoy the Blues. It’s my favorite musical genre. My favorite artist is Keb’ Mo’ a.k.a. …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, May 22, 2024 2025 Reading List Not too long ago I posted my 2025 reading list. The list consisted of a number of …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/22/24 Day #246 I tried to watch two Mel Brooks movies last night. It turns out not to be my deal. I did …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/21/24 Day #245 I want to be the best 100 year old skier the 70+ Ski Club has ever had. #1,055 …

: Journal Entry - Monday, May 20, 2024 The First Amendment People make a lot of noise about the First Amendment, but it is surprising how …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/20/24 Day #244 Regularity is the key to practice. Practice is the key to competence. Regularity means …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/19/24 Day #243 I am in the process of becoming the best I can be… #1,052 Material on this site is …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/18/24 Day #242 There is nothing easy about writing, just as there is nothing easy about turning out …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/17/24 Day #241 Of course, I love to write. It’s interesting how I came to this late in life. I always …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/16/24 Day #240 Abigail Adams wrote to John Adams in 1776, “All men would be tyrants if they could.” …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/15/24 Day #239 If you have a heart condition, living with a cat reduces the chance of a fatal heart …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/14/24 Day #238 John Adams said: “Never shew my own Importance or Superiority, by remarking [on] the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/13/24 Day #237 Why do I write? The best answer for that is I write because it brings me peace. I wasn’t …

: Journal Entry - Monday, May 13, 2024 B-RAD My hat is causing a bit of confusion at Starbucks this morning… My Americano came out under …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, May 12, 2024 Mother’s Day A quick visit to RNC Headquarters on Mother’s Day… Here are some conspiracy theories …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/12/24 Day #236 How do you sleep? I sleep fine. I’m fortunate, I have help. I have a beautiful, kind, …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, May 11, 2024 Flag City I’m in Flag City U.S.A. Here flags are quite prevalent in the back of pickup trucks. I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/11/24 Day #235 This is a quote by Julia Cameron: “Writing is powerful. It is an act of bravery. As we …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/10/24 Day #234 It would be nice to read six books a month. That is probably a bit ambitious. I just …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/09/24 Day #233 I would like to use my journal to capture everything that happens to me each day. Not …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/08/24 Day #232 What is Quantum Field Theory? It is not easy to explain. The short answer is, that things …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/07/24 Day #231 I’m learning some things about writing. I will never write the great American novel or any …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/06/24 Day #230 It’s never a good idea to fall in love with your ideas. You should also be careful what …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/05/24 Day #229 I challenged OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot to a contest. I asked each to write …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/04/24 Day #228 When I got off the bus in downtown Seattle, a Pan-handler asked me for a quarter. He …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/03/24 Day #227 Live your life in a way that prevents people from feeling compelled to say mean things …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/02/24 Day #226 My Love You are my love. You are beautiful. It makes me proud to know you love me. I would …

: Journal Entry - Friday, May 3, 2024 (Another) Bit About Writing I like to begin my day by writing. It doesn’t particularly matter what …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, May 2, 2024 Public Opinion How can public opinion be shared in ways that support reason and cooperation between …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, May 1, 2024 The Ear of the Universe The ear of the Universe is listening Everything you say is being heard …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 05/01/24 Day #225 The Lake The lake is a strand of dark blue Surrounded by a ribbon of green marsh grass. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/30/24 Day #224 True inner peace comes from the nature of our thoughts, not from our physical …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/29/24 Day #223 Until you learn to love yourself, the door is closed to enlightenment. I suppose I could …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/28/24 Day #222 Eight things I enjoy about writing: Writing is an act of bravery. Writing tells us a great …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/27/24 Day #221 “It seems to me,”1 people use social media to exert their will rather than share the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/26/24 Day #220 It’s never a good idea to fall in love with your ideas. That is a good way to delude …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/25/24 Day #219 Question: What is “Originalism?” Answer: Finding shit you like and then proclaiming that …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, April 24, 2024 A Bit of Help There are times when I sit down to write and nothing worth writing comes to mind. …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, April 23, 2024 Notes on Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations A Sonnet by Jeffrey Rosen1 Four habits of thought to erase …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/24/24 Day #218 I started writing today’s entry but got distracted by the news on Television. It’s hard …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/23/24 Day #217 Will Generative AI (GAI) ultimately learn to be more creative (smarter) than humans? It …

: Journal Entry - Monday, April 22, 2024 Closing Day at Sun Valley On closing day at Sun Valley a lot of classic ski wear comes out of the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/22/24 Day #216 The Western Apache believe that the goal of life is to walk the “trail of wisdom.” For …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, April 21, 2024 2025 Writing Project A Year Pursuing Happiness Each year I come up with a special writing project. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/21/24 Day #215 God’s Waiting Room If you are wondering where God looks when it comes time to acquire …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, April 20, 2024 Imagination “Even as a man imagines himself to be, such he is, and he is also that which he …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/20/24 Day #214 James Madison late in his life expressed the concept of a “commerce of ideas.” He believed …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/19/24 Day #213 Thinking about Arthur Miller’s words (#209) I have to say that I miss my sweetheart when I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/18/24 Day #212 Frank Herbert said: (Paraphrasing) “The end of your life is the place where you stop the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/17/24 Day #211 Brenda Ueland said: “Everybody human has something to express.” I don’t think she is …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/16/24 Day #210 Joan Didion said: “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking.” Spot on, I could not …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/15/24 Day #209 Arthur Miller said: “The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/14/24 Day #208 Madeleine L’Engle said: “Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/13/24 Day #207 Jack Kerouac said: “One day I will find the right words.” I’m searching. I’m getting …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Federalist Paper #51 James Madison, whom I admire greatly, as much for his role in the …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, April 13, 2024 The Cat Who Taught Zen “The Cat Who Taught Zen” is a wonderful little book. It is a primer on Zen. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/12/24 Day #206 Virginia Woolf said: “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/11/24 Day #205 Edward Bulwerlytton said: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” It’s nice to finally …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, April 11, 2024 AHA Blood Pressure Notes What follows is my handy reference copied from the AHA website… Your …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/10/24 Day #204 Stephen King said: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, April 10, 2024 TransAmerica Final Leg I started the TransAm bicycle route in Yorktown VA in the summer of 2023. I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/09/24 Day #203 C.S. Lewis said: “I never exactly made a book. It’s rather like taking dictation. I was …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, April 9, 2024 Hike I went on a hike the other day. This photo is of an old prohibition era still set up in the …

: Journal Entry - Monday, April 8, 2024 Too Long To Be An Epitaph …but maybe this could be handed out to guests at the party… Keep moving, …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/08/24 Day #202 Natalie Goldberg said: (I am paraphrasing slightly) “Write about what you are afraid to …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, April 7, 2024 Democracy We make lots of choices in life. Some of us choose to learn and think, some choose to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/07/24 Day #201 Susan Sontag said: “A writer is someone who pays attention to the world.” I like to think …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, April 6, 2024 500 Words A Day Ray Bradbury wrote a thousand words a day starting at age 9. The first work he felt …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/06/24 Day #200 William Faulkner said: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/05/24 Day #199 Franz Kafka said: “Writing is prayer.” I’m not the praying type… Perhaps that’s why I …

: Journal Entry - Friday, April 5, 2024 While We Can “While we can,” is probably as good a reason as anyone has come up with for doing …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, April 4, 2024 Keep Your Expectations Under Control I woke up this morning to 3 inches of fresh snow on the back …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/04/24 Day #198 Martin Luther said: “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” Of …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/03/24 Day #197 It may be that humans evolved the ability to practice science. Evolution, as the saying …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, April 3, 2024 Unlocking Another Secret I went skiing yesterday. The season is winding down. I did not have the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/02/24 Day #196 By locating the thing that sheep desire, a herder can bend the flock’s will in that …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, April 2, 2024 A Special Event I recently wore this Tie Tac and Ring to a Memorial Service for Nancy Evans. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 04/01/24 Day #195 The Three “C’s.” (Also, my favorite formula.) Coffee + Cats = Clarity #983 Material …

: Journal Entry - Monday, April 1, 2024 April Fool’s Day Also known as “All Fools Day,” its origin is somewhat shrouded in mystery. My …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/31/24 # 194 Start slow and small. Build a routine. Track your results. Cut yourself some slack. Keep …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, March 31, 2024 Dangling Participle Some say a dangling participle is the sign of an inexperienced writer. If …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, March 30, 2024 A Song to Carry With You If there is a secret to life, it’s living in the here and now. — Delbert …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/30/24 # 193 According to a Sioux Elder, the meaning of life is found in the ability to address everything …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/29/24 # 192 Remember, it is never a good idea to fall too much in love with your ideas, you could …

: Journal Entry - Friday, March 29, 2024 On Writing and Books You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. —Jodi Picoult A …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, March 28, 2024 - JEA Opening Day Today is the opening day of the 2024 Baseball Season. This is just what America needs. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/28/24 # 191 Nothing in the Universe is lost. Destruction is always counterbalanced by creation. You …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, March 28, 2024 Writing I have a fantasy of someday being a good writer. I’m pretty sure it takes more than writing …

: Family History - Wednesday, April 27, 2024 A Brief Bio I was born on January 19, 1954. I’m 70 years old at the time of this writing. I am now …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/27/24 # 190 The trick to understanding anything new to us is to look at it from as many perspectives as …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, March 27, 2024 An Agreement The Obligation The Cat and I have an agreement. He likes to pretend he is outdoors, …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, March 26, 2024 Mt. Bachelor Mountain Host I would like to be a Mountain Host next year at Mt. Bachelor. I’ve …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/26/24 # 189 This quote struck me as special. “Do not pass up the chance to experience, beyond the sun, …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/25/24 # 188 Each year I plan to take on a different writing project. This year it has been “A Year of …

: Journal Entry - Monday, March 25, 2024 1 - Powder 2 - Fresh Corduroy 3 - IPA This is #3, extolling the virtues of #2. If you can’t have a …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, March 24, 2024 Corbet’s You can watch a lot of videos on YouTube about people dropping into Corbet’s Couloir. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/24/24 # 187 What is the most difficult thing you can do? Perhaps it is… Read a poem and search for …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, March 23, 2024 It’s a Small World Life is full of surprises. I was recently on a four-day ski vacation in Jackson …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/23/24 # 186 The Stoic Philosopher Epictetus, in 55 BC, said the following: “Do not seek to have …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/22/24 # 185 Do this every day to be a better writer and a better person. Daily Practice Hand-Copying …

: Journal Entry - Friday, March 22, 2024 Spring Skiing Spring Skiing on Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, rockin’ classic ski sweaters. These are …

: Journal Entry - Friday, March 22, 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Who doesn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? A very dear friend of mine is a …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, March 21, 2024 My Writing Statistics I use the Grammarly application when I write. Most of my writing is done for …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/21/24 # 184 I try (mostly with success) not to use expletives. What the fuck, who cares. Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/20/24 # 183 I’ve been asking myself a few questions lately. One in particular, where did our Universe …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/19/24 # 182 I may be losing some memory. That’s ok. I keep a journal. I just need to remember to read …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, March 20, 2024 The 70+ Ski Club In January of this year, I became an unofficial member of the 70+ Ski Club. I …

: Family History - Monday, March 18, 2024 A Note of Apology? My Father was known to be quite stern at work (and home as well). This little …

: Family History - Saturday, March 16, 2024 Carving Set This is the carving set that goes with the cutting board written about in the previous …

: Family History - Friday, March 15, 2024 Carving Board This carving board belonged to my Grandfather (we called him Chris). Chris was the …

: Family History - Thursday, March 14, 2024 Japanese Vase My father Jack spent time overseas when he worked for the Boeing Company. He was the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/18/24 # 181 You may have realized I would rather be a writer or poet if I had been given the choice when …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/17/24 # 180 Meditation allows us many things, but possibly the most important thing is that it allows …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/16/24 - Extra # 179.1 It occurred to me that I could use decimals in my numbering scheme to allow me more than …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, March 19, 2024 A Perfect Day Rippin the Roy! I call this post my ode to Instagram. If this were Instagram, I …

: Journal Entry - Monday, March 18, 2024 A Maxim Benjamin Franklin wrote under several pseudonyms. He wrote as “Silence Dogood” for the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/16/24 # 179 I read the poem “Horses,” by Pablo Neruda. It was so beautiful it made me cry. So did the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/15/24 # 178 Turn On The Berm Don’t use the top. Don’t use the trough. Turn on the berm. Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/14/24 # 177 Happy Birthday Happy Birthday. I love you. Thank you for being a part of my life. I once got …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/13/24 # 176 - Betrayal of 1776 I watch in horror, as They storm the steps With no idea What they are …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/12/24 # 175 Have you ever seen an elephant standing on one leg on top of a stack of tea cups? I have. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/11/24 # 174 Seek tranquility whenever you can. The thoughts that come to you when you do that are the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/10/24 # 173 How you live your life Says a lot about How you will be viewed Once you are gone. It …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/09/24 # 172 Today I wrote down the names of 64 poets. That’s a lot of poetry. I would like to read …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/08/24 # 171 Impermanence. I suppose that sort of sums it all up. One day you are cruising along and the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/07/24 # 170 There is a part of me that wants to live apart from the world. I would like to be alone with …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/06/24 # 169 It doesn’t matter where we are in time at the moment. We are where we have always been, and …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/05/24 # 168 Winter has withered everything in this cold mountain place: dignity is in its desolation now, …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/04/24 # 167 Nothing that can be said that is worth saying, can be said in words. That could be why I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/03/24 # 166 I would be remiss if I did not mention my love for my brother in these entries. Of course, I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/02/24 # 165 When I go to see my doctor and the nurse asks me to step on the scale, I like to say: “Do …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 03/01/24 # 164 I like my life. I’m reaching a point where I can actually appreciate that feeling. That …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/29/24 # 163 One must stop periodically and listen. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Unless …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/28/24 # 162 I have realized the reason I write is that someday I will no longer be here. If I place …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/27/24 # 161 Life is a combination of joys and sorrows. They must be accepted together. Neither one …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/26/24 # 160 Always look ahead and not back. I have tried to live by that rule all my life. Occasionally I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/25/24 # 159 Kill The Banker - Manhattan 2 parts Bullet Rye 1 part Amaro Averna 8 dashes Abominable Bar …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, March 17, 2024 .zshenv export PATH="/usr/local/bin:$HOME/bin:$PATH" alias wsea=‘ansiweather -l …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, March 17, 2024 My Favorite Artist Adam Hanson in Seattle created these pieces for me. All I asked was “Give me a …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Living Live your life in a way that prevents people from feeling compelled to say mean things about …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, March 7, 2024 Skiing I’m skiing today. It’s a beautiful day. I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing at …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, March 6, 2024 Let Me Count the Ways My baby loves me. She brushes me off with a charm that is difficult not to …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Concerned I generally shy away from talking about things political and religious, but there are …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, March 2, 2024 Twenty Dollars When I got off the bus in downtown Seattle, a Pan-handler asked me for a quarter. …

: Journal Entry - Friday, March 1, 2024 The Pursuit of Happiness I just started reading “The Pursuit of Happiness” by Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, February 29, 2024 My Love You are my love. You are beautiful. It makes me proud to know you love me. I would go …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, February 28, 2024 Thirteen Virtues Benjamin Franklin was a man who wrestled with his urges and flaws. He also worked …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - Part 1 A Contest Ensues… I challenged OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot to a contest. I asked each …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - Part 2 A Sonnet by OpenAI’s ChatGPT In shadows cast upon the stage, he strides, Brad Adkins, with a …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - Part 3 A Sonnet by Microsoft’s Copilot Brad Adkins: An Ode to Creativity In Portland’s vibrant …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - Part 4 The Winner Is… ChatGPT over Copilot, hands down… Material on this site is presented in …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, February 25, 2024 The Lake The lake is a strand of dark blue Surrounded by a ribbon of green marsh grass. Ducks fly …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/24/24 # 158 I threw some money away today. I signed up (online) for a service without reading the fine …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, February 24, 2024 What is a Bicycle Tour A bicycle tour is a bit more than getting on a bicycle and going for a ride. …

: Interesting Shit - Friday, February 23, 2024 My Truck’s Electrical System Dual battery setups are quite common in overland vehicles. This allows …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/23/24 # 157 Sometimes I laugh and cry at the same time. I’m going to take that as a healthy thing. It’s …

: Interesting Shit - Thursday, Feb 23, 2024 Tire Rotation Schedule & Tracking Toyota Tacoma - New Tires Installed at 127,149 miles. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/22/24 # 156 I have been told by certain people that I lack “assertiveness” (Oddly enough this corresponds …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, February 21, 2024 My Grammarly Score I’ve been using Grammarly for the last 15 weeks (the free version). It analyzes …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/21/24 # 155 “Thank you.” At least for me, the previous five entries have provided terrific inspiration. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/20/24 # 154 “Keep going.” Find something you like doing and keep doing it. Do it every day. Do it even if …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/19/24 # 153 “Be kind to yourself.” Give yourself some grace. Allow yourself to be forgiven when things …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/18/24 # 152 “Track your results.” It doesn’t get any more simple than that, and the tracking does not …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/17/24 # 151 “Build a routine.” Someone recently asked me, “how do you have the discipline to write every …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/16/24 # 150 The next five entries were inspired by the author Brianna Wiest. “Start slow and small.” …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/15/24 # 149 Do I wish that I always followed my own advice? Yes… Am I successful at doing so? No… …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/14/24 # 148 Yes, we have much to teach our children, but we have much to learn from them also… …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/13/24 # 147 Instagram isn’t fun, it’s work. Facebook isn’t fun, it’s work. X isn’t fun, it’s work. Fun …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/12/24 # 146 It has been said that cats are not trainable. I can’t confirm or deny that hypothesis; …

: Reading Log - January 2024 January Books My reading goal for this year is six books a month. I’m off to a good start, I made …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/11/24 # 145 Often the strength of an argument is better judged by the weakness of the counterargument. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/10/24 # 144 Life is precious. That is about as true a statement as one could make I suppose. There are …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/09/24 # 143 Occasionally I ask myself: what have I done that may cause others to want to avoid me, that …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, February 10, 2024 A Brief Respite From Yesterday’s Promise Yesterday I said I would refrain as much as possible from …

: Journal Entry - Friday, February 9, 2024 Just Another Rant There isn’t anything to see here, just another rant. I don’t like getting …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, February 8, 2024 Bandon Oregon It was some time ago, 1976. I was camping and cycling the West Coast. It was a rainy …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/08/24 # 142 I like to write every day. Sometimes something worthwhile results. I have no hope that anyone …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/07/24 # 141 I need to think about moving to Colorado. The skiing is pretty good there. They also recently …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/06/24 # 140 I’m beginning to see my life with more clarity than at any point in the past. Yes, this sort …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/05/24 # 139 I like to view my life as a beautiful hand-bound book. I will spend the greater portion of my …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/04/24 # 138 Sometimes I write things that have great meaning to me but most likely leave whomever is …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/03/24 # 137 There are many ways to pay attention to our lives. Writing a poem is one way, but not the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/02/24 # 136 Some days the writing comes more easily than others. Like today. That does not lessen the …

: Journal Entry - Friday, February 2, 2024 On Writing The following thoughts are some of those expressed by Julia Cameron. She’s a …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, February 1, 2024 January’s Books My reading goal for this year is six books a month. I’m off to a good start, I made …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, January 31, 2024 72 Poets Along the lines of six books a month, here is a list of 72 poets. If I were to read all of …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 02/01/24 # 135 Artificial Intelligence is the biggest intellectual achievement in human history. (Arguably, …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/31/24 # 134 A history that looks back and mythologizes what has come before is nothing more than a tool …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/30/24 # 133 If all cats are pets, it does not follow that if it is not a cat, it is not a pet. Listen …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/29/24 # 132 Nothing that presents itself as a problem is ever a problem for long. The trick is to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/28/24 # 131 Tomorrow will come before you know it. Never let what is happening today stop you from …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/27/24 # 130 Any activity that helps you to pay attention to your life is good. Material on this site …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, January 30, 2024 My 2024 Goals Okay, I have some 2024 goals. I’m going to lay them out here, because, well, a goal …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/26/24 # 129 If I am having dinner with you and I take my phone out of my pocket without your …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/25/24 # 128 It’s fine to pursue perfection but it must be tempered by the understanding that perfection …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/24/24 # 127 A work of art needs to be created apart from time. It’s said that time “slows down” when we …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/23/24 # 126 What do I know about writing? Nothing really. All I can say for sure is it makes me feel …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/22/24 # 125 Here is my advice to you (please forgive me for being so bold) write every day. You will …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/21/24 # 124 Which is better: The “collective intelligence” of society or the whims and desires of “great …

: Journal Entry - Monday, January 22, 2024 Turn on the Bearm It’s raining in the mountains again. I’ve had one week of good skiing this …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/20/24 # 123 To understand the path we are on, we have to understand what drives us. What it is that made …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/19/24 # 122 I should write a poem for my birthday, but I don’t know how to begin. Perhaps it’s COVID that …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/18/24 # 121 Most Americans are just fucking stupid when it comes to understanding the workings of our …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, January 16, 2024 Foraging Path I discovered this while walking through the Seattle Center fountain courtyard. I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/17/24 # 120 If someone is not giving you the space you need to be yourself there is a question you need …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/16/24 # 119 When it’s time to retire, it’s best to walk away and start a new life. You only get one …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/15/24 # 118 Heraclitus and Parmenides defined the basic conflict that society must continually resolve. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/14/24 # 117 I am happy to have firmly held beliefs, but that does not put me above you, that does not …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/12/24 # 115 You should always keep a vision in front of you. No matter how weird or unattainable it may …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/11/24 # 114 Life is short. It’s a shame we tend to realize that so late in the game. It’s time to play …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/10/24 # 113 All good thru-hikers have a trail name. I’m not exactly a thru-hiker (maybe a thru-cyclist) …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/09/24 # 112 My favorite work of art is Albrecht Durer’s Melencolia I. This was the first piece of art to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/08/24 # 111 What Dante did not realize (or did he?) when he was describing his journey through …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/07/24 # 110 My Mantra: Shins on boot tongues Knees over toes Edge - to flat - to edge Chin over the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/06/24 # 109 Stress and the circumstances that cause stress are transitory. To recognize that is to give …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/05/24 # 108 I admit that writing for me is a compulsion. I hope that it is a good compulsion. It feels …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/04/24 # 107 History should never look back and say “We need to return to ‘x’ state of affairs.” …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/03/24 # 106 We are all Americans. Our country is not the total of all individual wants and desires. Our …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, January 10, 2024 Five Habits for the New Year “Always start slow and small.” Pick small goals that are stepping …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/02/24 # 105 Looking back, if I could have pursued any career, I would have chosen to be a historian. I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 01/01/24 # 104 When you look into the sky and you see your path, don’t ignore it. Your path is written …

: Journal Entry - Monday, January 1, 2024 Happy New Year “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/31/23 # 103 Occasionally we unexpectedly catch sight of something essential about ourselves. We need to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/30/23 # 102 Most people don’t concern themselves with self-expression beyond their normal daily …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/29/23 # 101 Rather than ask yourself “What am I seeking,” try envisioning “Who would I be if I weren’t …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/28/23 # 100 My cat notices immediately when I play Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” He may be more …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/27/23 # 99 I got a call from someone in Florida, out of the blue. He fed me dinner four years ago when …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/26/23 # 98 What exactly is it about skiing that liberates me? It’s about the power of now. Few things …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/25/23 # 97 I love you all. Thank you for being a part of my life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Of …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/24/23 # 96 I don’t know what tomorrow holds. No matter how hard I try to predict the answer, there is …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/23/23 # 95 Does anyone truly know us? It is difficult to answer that in the affirmative, largely because …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/22/23 # 94 We are all just doing the best that we can. Very little separates us from the one percent or …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/21/23 # 93 Everyone should have a place of their own. A place they can retreat to, a place to call …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/20/23 # 92 God does not play dice with the universe, but that does not mean he’s opposed to rearranging …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/19/23 # 91 The beginning is the hardest step. Before taking the first step, it behooves us to consider …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/18/23 # 90 “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/17/23 # 89 The secret to life is to live long and ski. Cycling is not too bad either. Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/16/23 # 88 Happiness is not what happens to you when the stars align in your favor, happiness is not an …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/15/23 # 87 “Soften your knees. Trust the slope. Give in to gravity.” —Heather Hansman Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/14/23 # 86 Sometimes, like today, I am at a loss for words. Even in those moments when we feel …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/13/23 # 85 Stressful times cause people to become shortsighted, this can easily cause the loss of …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/12/23 # 84 Sometimes humor can be used as a substitute for thoughtfulness. With that in mind, I offer the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/11/23 # 83 Look, then look again… then look again. Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/10/23 # 82 One path to peace, personal peace, is creativity. It also has the benefit of personal …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/09/23 # 81 Even the biggest things can be broken down into small, simple steps. Even the most …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/08/23 # 80 Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to look at things, to look at your life. To look …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/07/23 # 79 Allow yourself to break the rules so you can learn by direct experience. Material on this …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/06/23 # 78 Learning from failed attempts at something allows us to continue advancing our knowledge and …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/05/23 # 77 “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/04/23 # 76 Certainly (in my mind) the most mystical instrument is the flute. More than any other it …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/03/23 # 75 Anything done well takes work. The reward that comes upon completion more than compensates …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/02/23 # 74 All it takes to be healthy is yoga, meditation, a healthy diet, practicing mindfulness, and …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 12/01/23 # 73 Too many people go through life without questioning what path they are on. You may not ever …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/30/23 # 72 We are positively biased in our favor. That is, we tend to remember the positive things …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/29/23 # 71 You can not simultaneously be both the smartest person in the room and the dumbest person in …

: Journal Entry - Tuesday, November 28, 2023 The Letter Part Deux In my Journal Entry titled “The Letter” on November 13th, I provided a …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/28/23 # 70 “This life is more than flesh and bone.” —Buddy Guy Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/27/23 # 69 Remember Armando Galarraga! One out away from a perfect game, the batter hit a slow roller …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/26/23 # 68 The secret to life is to live long and ski. Cycling is not too bad either. Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/25/23 # 67 Thoughts are just thoughts until you put them down on paper. Once you see them, they become …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/24/23 # 66 Writing in my journal is like going to church. It fills me with promise. I’m glad I do it …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/23/23 # 65 What is Thanksgiving all about? Shouldn’t every day be a day of giving thanks? That …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/22/23 # 64 Reading “Walden” is what inspired this project. My goal is to write more clearly than Thoreau …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/21/23 # 63 When I can no longer write I want my journals burned. They are not meant to be read. They …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/20/23 # 62 I suspect history will show the last two decades were the height of capitalism, to the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/19/23 # 61 I think my next challenge will be: “A Year of living novelly.” I’m not sure yet exactly what …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/18/23 # 60 “Some times in our lives, we all feel pain, we all feel sorrow. If we are wise, we know …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/17/23 # 59 I have no words to express how grateful I am for who I am, where I am, and what I am …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/16/23 # 58 We are all flawed. The most important thing we can do is recognize that. Material on this …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/15/23 # 57 “Life is more than flesh and bone.” —Buddy Guy Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/14/23 # 56 I do not know what the rest of my life holds in store for me. None of us do. That is the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/13/23 # 55 I love to write by hand… Perhaps this is as good as my handwriting gets. Perhaps it will never …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/12/23 # 54 I have been looking forward to this day for months, the why is not important. What gives me …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/11/23 # 53 Thoreau: Men say they know many things; But lo! They have taken wings — The arts and …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/10/23 # 52 Exercise is a gift to self. It makes you happier, which also makes the people around you …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/09/23 # 51 Does everything remain the same? I would like to ask Otis Redding what was going through his …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/08/23 # 50 The problem with today’s media is there are too many “personalities” telling people what to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/07/23 # 49 Entertainment by real artists, musicians, and authors is fine, but that should never prevent …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/06/23 # 48 Meditate. Each day. It is life-changing. Do not ask for instructions. Look inside. Do what …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/05/23 # 47 Just because you are different from someone does not mean you should dismiss them. Making …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/04/23 # 46 “Be grateful for the things you have and the things that you can do.” —Eric Lindell …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/03/23 # 45 We all face struggles. We are all survivors in some way. The objective is to thrive in this …

: Journal Entry - Monday, November 13, 2023 The Letter “Having compassion, toward another, is Love, whenever they feel there is no Love, at …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/02/23 # 44 If you have a dream, the best thing you can do to reach that dream is to determine what …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 11/01/23 # 43 It is good for the soul to elevate the mundane to a level that allows a truth to be …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/31/23 # 42 Doing one or two good things daily is better than doing a lot of good things occasionally. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/30/23 # 41 It is not the responsibility of the artist to tell people what to think. The responsibility …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/29/23 # 40 Looking into a flame is peaceful. I don’t need to have a thought. In fact, it’s better if I …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/28/23 # 39 You can’t learn anything if you don’t listen. Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/27/23 # 38 Aging gives us the patience to look for wisdom and meaning in ways we were unable to fathom …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/26/23 # 37 “Lean not on friendship or time.” —John Quincy Adams I believe this means you ought to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/25/23 # 36 Don’t take information from people you don’t trust. But be careful, the fewer people you …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/24/23 # 35 There’s nothing wrong with being a one-hit-wonder, as long as you don’t let that define you. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/23/23 # 34 Brutalism never condones the use of brutalism. Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/22/23 # 33 Let go of thoughts that are not positive, that do not move you forward. Material on this …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/21/23 # 32 Don’t use big words. Keep your sentences short. Don’t be lazy and use vernacular. Avoid …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/20/23 # 31 If you can’t beat your opponent with facts or with policy based on facts, all you have left …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/19/23 # 30 It’s not just the words you use by themselves. The timing of those words is just as …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/18/23 # 29 It is better to have good ideas given to you than it is to have no good ideas at all. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/17/23 # 28 Life is a painting. Consider artfully the brushstrokes we will apply today. Our life is the …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/16/23 # 27 It is important to be fully present in every task, whether it is as simple as eating a …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/15/23 # 26 “Consecrate the ordinary.” —Martin Buber Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/14/23 # 25 Pause before making choices. This allows you to make more authentic and loving decisions. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/13/23 # 24 I begin my day with meditation. Sometimes that includes journaling — simply because I love …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/12/23 # 23 We are all brothers and sisters in this human family. The most important thing we can do, not …

: Journal Entry - Friday, November 10, 2023 def I dreamed last night that I was learning a new computer language. Somehow I got my hands on the …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, November 9, 2023 Powder Skiing down a slope in two feet of fresh powder snow… Unless you live on the mountain, it …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/11/23 # 22 “Our lives are a work of art that only we can create.” —Anonymous Material on this site is …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/10/23 # 21 My cat is the picture of contentment, gratefulness, and play… as I should be. Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/09/23 # 20 Listen. Pay attention. But do not rush to enter into the thoughts of another. Material on …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/08/23 # 19 “You will find an outlet for your creative genius and accomplish a great deal.” —Fortune …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/07/23 # 18 If I had the power to change people’s minds — better yet, change everyone’s mind — I would …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/06/23 # 17 When viewing a hill from a distance, it always looks more daunting that it truly is. …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/05/23 # 16 Find a way to put your mind in a good place at the start of each day. Material on this …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/04/23 # 15 Patience is the key to all good relationships. Material on this site is presented in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/03/23 # 14 “There is some of the same fitness in a man’s building his own house that there is in …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/02/23 # 13 Everyone needs to believe in something. I believe I’ll read a book. Material on this site …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 10/01/23 # 12 Always pause and consider the consequences before taking action. This is the best way to …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/30/23 # 11 I write every day. Often I don’t have much to say, that’s okay. The point is I am relaxing and …

: Journal Entry - Monday, October 6, 2023 iPhone My iPhone screens are a masterclass in organization. Why? Because I want to spend absolutely …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/29/23 # 10 It is hard for me to understand how so many of the people that represent us can be so …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/28/23 # 9 What matters is that you think to the best of your ability — even if there are others much …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/27/23 # 8 “One thing is for sure, life isn’t always what it seems.” —Mt. Joy Material on this site is …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/26/23 # 7 Wisdom is a rare commodity. I’m not listening to Tibetan Healing Music at the moment, so there …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/25/23 # 6 My doctor recommended I read the book “Forgetting” by Lisa Genova. (My doctor treats patients …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/24/23 # 5 Ski season is approaching. I’m very excited. This is the best time of the year. I realize that …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/23/23 # 4 “We are all alone together.” —Mt. Joy Material on this site is presented in chronological …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/22/23 # 3 The goal is to learn something new every day… better still if you manage to remember it… …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/21/23 # 2 The wax and the wick work together to produce the flame. They have patience. We should all have …

: A Year of Living Thoughtfully 09/20/23 # 1 Try hard and wonder. Keep moving. Keep learning. Material on this site is presented in …

: Journal Entry - Wednesday, October 31, 2023 Demagogue This is a personal website which tries its best to present material that originates …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, October 26, 2023 I Write I write every day. Often I don’t have much to say… and I rarely rhyme. The point is to …

: Journal Entry - Friday, October 6, 2023 The Future The sun is shining through the window, casting a shadow on the page as I write. I see …

: Journal Entry - Thursday, October 5, 2023 Writing as Meditation I try to write every day. I find that writing can be a form of meditation …

: Journal Entry - Monday, September 11, 2023 Seeds ”Many think that seeds improve with age. I have no doubt that time discriminates between the …

: Journal Entry - Sunday, September 10, 2023 Rich ”…for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” …

: Journal Entry - Saturday, September 9, 2023 Proper Punctuation I’ve been reading “The Elements Of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White. …

: Journal Entry - Wed August 30, 2023 My Cat I saw a fellow walking along the road, not far back a truck was parked. The truck was set-up …

: Journal Entry - Wed August 30, 2023 Moral Code I chose the title “Moral Code” for want of anything better, that seems to be what this …

: Journal Entry - Sun August 20, 2023 A Watershed Moment We are living in a watershed moment in American History. We face a …

: Journal Entry - Fri August 18, 2023 Speech Never trust a man who speaks ill of another, it’s likely ulterior motives are in play. If …

: Journal Entry - Thu August 17, 2023 Modesty It is a rhetorical rule of thumb that every good speech or piece of writing should begin …

: TransAm Journal - Wed August 16, 2023 Supplemental Redmond OR, 0 miles Smoke I had intended to drive to Redmond Oregon and catch a …

: TransAm Journal - Tue August 15, 2023 Supplemental Seattle WA, 0 miles Returning I’ve been enjoying this view for the last couple of …

: TransAm Journal - Tue August 8, 2023 Supplemental Seattle WA, 0 miles Gear When I was camping in Yellowstone at Grant Village, I …

: TransAm Journal - Mon August 7, 2023 Supplemental Seattle WA, 0 miles What is a Bicycle Tour? It’s a bit more than getting on a …

: TransAm Journal - Mon July 24, 2023 Day 76 Missoula MT, 65 miles Today I chose another pre-dawn start. There are no cafes open in …

: TransAm Journal - Sun July 23, 2023 Day 75 Darby MT, 57 miles It turns out that today’s climb was another tough one. My optimism last …

: TransAm Journal - Sat July 22, 2023 Day 74 Wisdom MT, 67 miles _ I’m in Wisdom Montana. I hope some of whatever gave this town its …

: TransAm Journal - Fri July 21, 2023 Day 73 Dillon MT, 0 miles Rest day. Looking at the map elevation guide, it appears that tomorrow …

: TransAm Journal - Thu July 20, 2023 Day 72 Dillon MT, 72 miles I’m going to share this post with the ACA. I think I have a …

: TransAm Journal - Wed July 19, 2023 Day 71 Ennis MT, 71 miles Everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. This trip feels like …

: TransAm Journal - Tue July 18, 2023 Day 70 West Yellowstone MT, 42 miles Another beautiful day for cycling. I’ve been incredibly …

: TransAm Journal - Mon July 17, 2023 Day 69 Grant Village Campground, Yellowstone National Park WY, 44 miles I’m overwhelmed by the …

: TransAm Journal - Sun July 16, 2023 Day 68 Colter Bay Village, Grand Teton National Park WY, 77 miles It took all morning (and a bit …

: TransAm Journal - Sat July 15, 2023 Day 67 Dubois WY, 75 miles 6:15 AM As I look out the hotel room window, I see a beautiful day …

: TransAm Journal - Fri July 14, 2023 Day 66 Lander WY, 58 miles It was another pre-dawn start. I wanted to make Lander in plenty of …

: TransAm Journal - Thu July 13, 2023 Day 65 Jeffrey City WY, 68 miles Addendum: Big John reached out to me this morning in regard to …

: TransAm Journal - Wed July 12, 2023 Day 64 Rawlins WY, 44 miles The wind blows from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM… If you’re lucky. They don’t …

: TransAm Journal - Tue July 11, 2023 Day 63 Saratoga WY, 67 miles Traveling across the country by bicycle is all about the feelings you …

: TransAm Journal - Mon July 10, 2023 Day 62 Walden CO, 65 miles A very quiet but beautiful day. Lots of riding again with no shoulder …

: TransAm Journal - Thu July 6, 2023 Day 58 Frisco CO (And Surrounding Area), 0 miles I’m feeling better. I’m going to rest for another …

: TransAm Journal - Wed July 5, 2023 Day 57 Frisco CO (And Surrounding Area), 0 miles I’m still laying low. Whatever happened to me on …

: TransAm Journal - Tue July 4, 2023 Day 56 Frisco CO (And Surrounding Area), 0 miles Happy 4th of July! The 4th of July Parade in …

: TransAm Journal - Mon July 3, 2023 Day 55 Frisco CO (And Surrounding Area), 0 miles As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be spending the …

: TransAm Journal - Sun July 2, 2023 Day 54 Frisco CO, 34 miles Leaving Alma. Alma is the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at …

: TransAm Journal - Sat July 1, 2023 Day 53 Fairplay CO, 0 miles (Rest Day) The next week is going to be chill. I arrived in the …

: TransAm Journal - Fri June 30, 2023 Day 52 Fairplay CO, 50 miles, climb 2,520 ft. The elevation here in Fairplay is 9,953 ft. They …

: TransAm Journal - Thu June 29, 2023 Day 51 Guffey CO, 32 miles, climb 4,377 ft. Today dished out some wicked climbing, but I made it …

: TransAm - Journal Wed June 28, 2023 Day 50 Canon City CO, 48 miles ”Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep …

: TransAm - Journal Tue June 27, 2023 Day 49 Pueblo CO, 0 miles, Rest Day I went completely overboard yesterday and found two books to …

: TransAm Journal - Mon June 26, 2023 Day 48 Pueblo CO, 0 miles, Rest Day People I have talked to in towns along the way have confirmed …

: TransAm Journal - Sun June 25, 2023 Day 47 Pueblo CO, 55 miles Today I exited the Great Plains of the U.S. They stretch all across …

: TransAm Journal - Sat June 24, 2023 Day 46 Ordway CO, 90 miles Just when you think you’ve done your best, you somehow find a way to do …

: TransAm Journal - Fri June 23, 2023 Day 45 Sheridan Lake CO, 78 miles The 78 miles covered today checks the box for my longest day so …

: TransAm Journal - Thu June 22, 2023 Day 44 Scott City KS, 56 miles Last night when I was planning today’s route, it seemed like today …

: TransAm Journal - Wed June 21, 2023 Day 43 Ness City KS, 64 miles I woke this morning at 5 AM to tremendous lightening and thunder. By …

: TransAm Journal - Tue June 20, 2023 Day 42 Great Bend KS, 70 miles We all have days when we question what we’re doing. When you have a …

: TransAm Journal - Mon June 19, 2023 Day 41 Hutchinson KS, 75 miles Today was my first real “mileage” day in Kansas. It was mostly …

: TransAm Journal - Sun June 18, 2023 Day 40 Florence KS, 47 miles (Father’s Day!) “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has …

: TransAm Journal - Sat June 17, 2023 Day 39 Emporia KS, 71 miles You’re never sleeping alone when you sleep in a cemetery… I skipped …

: TransAm Journal - Fri June 16, 2023 Day 38 Raymore MO to Flint Hills Nature Trail KS, MP 20, 63 miles Yesterday about ten miles …

: TransAm Journal - Thu June 15, 2023 Day 37, Katy Trail Windsor MO to Clinton MO, 17 miles Today is a beautiful day. I’m excited to be …

: TransAm Journal - Wed June 14, 2023 Day 36, Katy Trail Boonville MO to Windsor MO, 56 miles I got to the cafe in Pilot Grove where I …

: TransAm Journal - Tue June 13, 2023 Day 35, Katy Trail _ Cooper’s Landing CG MO to (Somewhere West of) Boonville MO, 45 miles_ I love …

: TransAm Journal - Mon June 12, 2023 Day 34, Katy Trail Bluffton MO to Cooper’s Landing CG MO, 65 miles Due to a stupid mistake on my …

: TransAm Journal - Sun June 11, 2023 Day 33, Katy Trail Agusta MO to Bluffton MO, 45 miles I don’t usually start my daily journal entry …

: TransAm Journal - Sat June 10, 2023 Day 32, Katy Trail St. Charles MO to Augusta MO, 33 miles My three days of rest has come to an …

: TransAm Journal - Fri June 9, 2023 Day 31 St. Louis MO, 0 miles (Rest Day 3) ”All you need to be assured of success in this life is …

: TransAm Journal - Thu June 8, 2023 Day 30 St. Louis MO, 0 miles (Rest Day 2) Rest Day 2 is literally that, a rest day. I went to a …

: TransAm Journal - Wed June 7, 2023 Day 29 St. Louis MO, 0 miles (Rest Day 1) I’m putting today’s post up early. I don’t have a lot …

: TransAm Journal - Tue June 6, 2023 Day 28 St. Louis MO, 42 miles Today I was on the road at 7:00 AM. I wanted good light for photos …

: TransAm Journal - Mon June 5, 2023 Day 27 Granite City IL, 36 miles Ride Summary: 24 riding days 1,208 miles 50.3 miles per day I’m …

: TransAm Journal - Sun June 4, 2023 Day 26 Belleville IL, 78 miles High mileage day! So far, I’ve lost two hats on this trip and a …

: TransAm Journal - Sat June 3, 2023 Day 25 Benton IL, 34 miles Today was a shorter day because the heat was in the low 90’s again. I …

: TransAm Journal - Fri June 2, 2023 Day 24 Harrisburg IL, 59 miles Fifty-nine miles doesn’t sound like a lot, but the temperature hit …

: TransAm Journal - Thu June 1, 2023 Day 23 Henderson KY, 36 miles A spent all morning wandering around Owensboro looking for bike …

: TransAm Journal - Wed May 31, 2023 Day 22 Owensboro KY, 66 miles It’s the last day of May, I’ve been on the road for 21 days now. The …

: TransAm Journal - Tue May 30, 2023 Day 21 Big Clifty KY, 65 miles I want to be in Owensboro in two days… that’s 130 miles from …

: TransAm Journal - Mon May 29, 2023 Day 20 Loretto KY, 52 miles Today’s 52 miles includes a nearly 8 mile side-trip to Maker’s Mark …

: TransAm Journal - Sun May 28, 2023 Day 19 Harrodsburg KY, 0 miles (Rest Day) According to what I am reading this morning about …

: TransAm Journal - Sat May 27, 2023 Day 18 Harrodsburg KY, 47 miles I was only about two miles out of town and the U.K. couple pulled …

: TransAm Journal - Fri May 26, 2023 Day 17 Berea KY, 66 miles I finished map set 2 of 12 today. This is my highest mileage day so far. …

: TransAm Journal - Thu May 25, 2023 Day 16 Buckhorn KY, 54 miles This is my evening ritual… at 5:51 pm. It’s been a long day …

: TransAm Journal - Wed May 24, 2023 Day 15 Hindman KY, 67 miles Today was my longest day so far… The morning started out with a …

: TransAm Journal - Tue May 23, 2023 Day 14 Elkhorn City KY, 38 miles Another beautiful morning, riding out of Council and through the …

: TransAm Journal - Mon May 22, 2023 Day 13 Council VA, 38 miles I appreciate Pastor John opening his Church to me last night. It is a …

: TransAm Journal - Sun May 21, 2023 Day 12 Meadowview VA, 48 miles I had breakfast this morning with the “Tandem Couple” (that’s what …

: TransAm Journal - Sat May 20, 2023 Day 11 Wythville VA, 58 miles Lying in bed, thinking about getting up, there’s a certain amount of …

: TransAm Journal - Fri May 19, 2023 Day 10 _ Blacksburg VA, 55 miles_ It’s 7:30 AM and the sun is trying to make an appearance through …

: TransAm Journal - Thu May 18, 2023 Day 9 _ Daleville VA, 49 miles_ The morning started with threatening skies, but the rain never …

: TransAm Journal - Wed May 17, 2023 Day 8 _ Lexington VA, Rest Day_ My three biggest fears: Sun Burn Road Rash Rain So far I have …

: TransAm Journal - Tue May 16, 2023 Day 7 Lexington VA, 55 miles Today I broke 50 for the first time. It was not easy… I left …

: TransAm Journal - Mon May 15, 2023 Day 6 _ Afton VA, 42 miles_ I had a bit of a hard time getting out of Charlottesville. Traffic was …

: TransAm Journal - Sun May 14, 2023 Day 5 Charlottesville VA, 24 miles ”Some days you feel good, some days you feel bad. Some moments …

: TransAm Journal - Sat May 13, 2023 Day 4 Palmyra VA, 46 miles ”Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a …

: TransAm Journal - Fri May 12, 2023 Day 3 Bumpass VA, 49 miles The day started with a truly fine Southern breakfast at the “Love …

: TransAm Journal - Thu May 11, 2023 Day 2 Richmond VA, 37 miles I was able to manage 37 miles today. I was slowed a bit when I lost my …

: TransAm Journal - Wed May 10, 2023 Day 1 Charles City, 45 miles I reached Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park, a nice park and campground shortly …

: TransAm Journal - Tue May 9, 2023 Prologue Yorktown Virginia Tomorrow is the big day. It’s almost time to begin my journey. The …

: Doctor’s Orders Tuesday May 2, 2023 (Journal Entry) In Japan your doctor can give you a prescription for a walk in …

: On The Road Thursday April 27, 2023 (Journal Entry) ”And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my …

: Memory Thursday April 27, 2023 (Journal Entry) My children are concerned about my memory (at least a …

: Do Epic Shit. Thursday April 27, 2023 (Journal Entry) I could not have said it better myself, although, in a …

: This Is Heaven Wednesday April 27, 2023 (Journal Entry) My favorite place. Peloton Bike Shop and Cafe in Seattle. …

: Biggest Lie Wednesday April 26, 2023 (Journal Entry) The biggest lie of all time: If one group gets something, …

: Guidance Wednesday April 26, 2023 (Journal Entry) I have been doing daily affirmations. Written in my …

: I don’t know where the controls are for the plane. Sunday April 23, 2023 (Journal Entry) When my partner woke up this morning I looked at her and …

: Fake Ideas _ Saturday April 22, 2023 (Journal Entry)_ Be very careful when you hear someone attacking another …

: Binding _ Saturday April 22, 2023 (Journal Entry)_ It should be embarrassing for me to say this, given my …

: Memory Test Friday April 21, 2023 (Journal Entry) I was asked to repeat three words (pencil, light, hamburger) …

: What Am I Doing Here? Friday April 21, 2023 (Journal Entry) All I’m doing here is contributing my point of view to the …

: TransAm Virginia Itinerary State 1 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Virginia. …

: TransAm Kentucky Itinerary State 2 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Kentucky. …

: TransAm Illinois Itinerary State 3 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Illinois. …

: TransAm Missouri Itinerary State 4 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Missouri. …

: TransAm Kansas Itinerary State 5 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Kansas. (Subject …

: TransAm Colorado Itinerary State 6 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Colorado. …

: TransAm Wyoming Itinerary State 7 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Wyoming. …

: TransAm Montana Itinerary State 8 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Montana. …

: TransAm Idaho Itinerary State 9 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Idaho. (Subject …

: TransAm Oregon Itinerary State 10 Thursday April 20, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) This is the planned itinerary for Oregon. (Subject …

: Living Thursday April 20, 2023 (Journal Entry) I am overwhelmed by Rick Rubin’s book.1 The wisdom it …

: Today Thursday April 20, 2023 (Journal Entry) I sit. I stare at the clock on the stove. I notice a …

: The Dude Abides Thursday April 20, 2023 (Journal Entry)

: Tour of New Hampshire Wednesday April 19, 2023 (Journal Entry) Wouldn’t it be fun to ski all the resorts in New …

: Sharing Your Work Wednesday April 19, 2023 (Journal Entry) Sharing fills us up. Ideas are the source of sharing. …

: Where Are You Going? Tuesday April 18, 2023 (Journal Entry) I saw a billboard that said: “Where are you going, Heaven …

: Art Tuesday April 18, 2023 (Journal Entry) Art is choosing to do something skillfully, caring about …

: The Creative Act Sunday April 16, 2023 (Journal Entry) I’m currently reading Rick Rubin’s “A Creative Act.” It is …

: Love Friday April 14, 2023 (Journal Entry) Doesn’t this photo say it all… I am a badass. I love myself. …

: The Real Work Thursday April 13, 2023 (Journal Entry) The real work of the artist Is a way of being in the …

: Weigh-In Wednesday April 12, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) I’ve just completed the weigh-in for my TransAm …

: Reality Wednesday April 12, 2023 (Journal Entry) We create our reality through our thoughts. Thoughts are …

: Tiny Minds Wednesday April 12, 2023 (Journal Entry) Stay away from people with tiny minds and tiny thoughts. …

: Enough Love For Everyone? Sunday April 9, 2023 (Journal Entry) When I have been waiting at a four-way stop and it’s now my …

: Affirmations Saturday April 8, 2023 (Journal Entry) I am in the process of learning. Probably a good thing, …

: My Cat is Mad at Me Friday April 7, 2023 (Journal Entry) I had to leave the cat with a sitter for three weeks. He got …

: Practicing Gratitude Friday April 7, 2023 (Journal Entry) ”This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” …

: Getting Excited Friday April 7, 2023 (Journal Entry) ”Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.” -Mark …

: The Proverbial Frog Thursday April 6, 2023 (Journal Entry) Donald J. Trump single handedly placed the Republican Party …

: Everything I Need to Know Wednesday April 5, 2023 (Journal Entry) Shins on tongue. Knees over toes. Elbows in front of …

: Dizzy Friday March 31, 2023 (Journal 2023) This narrative was given to me by a loved one. I’m sure I …

: More About Nothing Thursday March 30, 2023 (Journal Entry) I’ve been remiss. I haven’t written here for a few days. …

: A Post About Nothing and Anything Wednesday March 15, 2023 (Journal Entry) It’s been awhile since I have written anything here. Ten …

: TransAm Tidbits Monday March 6, 2023 (TransAm 2023 Planning) With a certain amount of luck, I will be starting the …

: Letter of Gratitude #1 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) I can’t believe how lucky I was to have found you. It amazes …

: Letter of Gratitude #2 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) Thank you for being a wonderful mother and giving me my two …

: Letter of Gratitude #3 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) Thank you for being a wonderful mother and giving me my …

: Letter of Gratitude #4 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) To my oldest daughter: I am grateful to be sharing this life …

: Letter of Gratitude #5 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) To my middle daughter: I am grateful to be sharing this life …

: Letter of Gratitude #6 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) To my youngest daughter: I am grateful to be sharing this …

: Letter of Gratitude #7 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) To be a lifelong skier has brought me immeasurable joy. I …

: Letter of Gratitude #8 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) Whenever I need to find peace and confidence, cycling gives …

: Letter of Gratitude #9 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) Simply being in the outdoors is as much as anyone can ask …

: Letter of Gratitude #10 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) I am grateful to all my friends and family. I marvel daily at …

: Letter of Gratitude #11 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) I am grateful for my cat. Pure happiness is the reward for …

: Letter of Gratitude #12 Journal Entry (Sunday March 5, 2023) Love and wonder don’t cease at the boundaries of who we know …

: A Letter (To My Cat) Journal Entry (Tuesday February 21, 2023) I recently received a letter from our Homeowner’s …

: Too Many Toys? Journal Entry (Monday February 20, 2023) There are those that say you can’t have too many toys, …

: Bicycle Touring Journal Entry (Sunday February 19, 2023) When I decide to do a solo bicycle tour, I ask myself, …

: The Man Journal Entry (Saturday February 18, 2023) There once was a man from Seattle. He loved the city. …

: Missing You Journal Entry (Friday February 17, 2023) Most people wont understand what I am about to say. The …

: Just Another Post Journal Entry (Thursday February 9, 2023) I’ve been dealing with some disappointment these last …

: We Welcome Journal Entry (Sunday February 5, 2023) We Welcome… All Races All Religions All Countries of …

: Performance Art Journal Entry (Saturday February 4, 2023) I saw an interesting piece in “The Atlantic” about …

: My Brother Journal Entry (Friday February 3, 2023) I’m not breaking my promise to avoid political references… …

: My Promise Journal Entry (Thursday February 2, 2023) I made a promise that I would not take up matters …

: Then Again… Journal Entry (Wednesday February 1, 2023) Then again, rather than try to explain what my daily …

: Self-Awareness Journal Entry (Tuesday January 31, 2023) I am frequently amazed at the things that don’t bother …

: What A Treat Journal Entry (Monday January 30, 2023) My Sweetheart skiing with Lindsey Vonn.

: Do I Make Myself Clear? Journal Entry (Sunday January 29, 2023) I’ve been reading ”Do I Make Myself Clear” by Harold …

: Looking Ahead Journal Entry (Saturday January 28, 2023) When things are going well, I look to the future and …

: Rai​son d’etre Journal Entry (Friday January 27, 2023) My goal is to write here every day. To what end I’m not …

: Getting Organized Journal Entry (Thursday January 26, 2023) I have literally been trying to get organized my entire …

: TransAm Journal Entry (Wednesday January 25, 2023) I have started preliminary preparation for a second …

: Editing Journal Entry (Monday January 23, 2023) Writing. One of my favorite things. I wish I did it well. …

: Political Language Journal Entry (Sunday January 22, 2023) In George Orwell’s essay Politics and the English …

: What’s Going On? Journal Entry (Saturday January 21, 2023) I’m happy. Not just today, I mean in general. Like …

: Graciousness Journal Entry (Friday January 20, 2023) “Receive without conceit; release without struggle.” …

: That Time Again Journal Entry (Thursday January 19, 2023) Yes, it’s that time again. I am officially a year older. …

: Philosophy Journal Entry (Wednesday January 18, 2023) What is the role of philosophy in life, if not to …

: Giving Journal Entry (Tuesday January 17, 2023) How do we find worth in ourselves, are we born with it? …

: TransAm Journal Entry (Monday January 16, 2023) It has been a good day. All I need to do to close out this …

: Grateful Journal Entry (Saturday January 14, 2023) It is agonizing sending a poem into the world wondering …

: Apology Journal Entry (Friday January 13, 2023) Friday the 13th seems somewhat appropriate for this… I …

: My Gift Journal Entry (Thursday January 12, 2023) This is a post long overdue. Although it is personal in …

: ALTA Journal Entry (Wednesday January 11, 2023) ALTA Another Long Tirade (on being a writer) Again I …

: I need to… Journal Entry (Tuesday January 10, 2023) I need to… realize am evolving. I need to… send myself …

: Skiing Journal Entry (Monday January 9, 2023) Skiing is like life. There’s a right way and a wrong way. …

: What the Butler Taught Me Journal Entry (Sunday January 8, 2023) The “Remains of the Day” is now just “the remains,” period. …

: Hiatus Journal Entry (Saturday January 7, 2023) I’m going to take a few days off. I’m taking my laptop …

: The Butler Is Still Doing It Journal Entry (Friday January 6, 2023) I continue to wade my way through “The Remains of the Day.” …

: On Writing Journal Entry (Thursday January 5, 2023) What does it mean to be a writer? It’s not about the act …

: Another Plan Journal Entry (Wednesday January 4, 2023) Change is hard. Not only that, but you can expect it to …

: Reading Level Journal Entry (Tuesday January 3, 2023) I thought it would be fun to calculate the reading level …

: W. M. T. S. A. G. S. Journal Entry (Monday January 2, 2023) What makes Trump such a good speaker? His followers will …

: The Plan Journal Entry (Sunday January 1, 2023) My daughter’s request to share with her my list of favorite …

: Top 30 Reads Journal Entry (Saturday December 31, 2022) My daughter asked me to send her a list of my top 30 …

: The Butler Did It Journal Entry (Friday December 30, 2022) I’m reading “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro. …

: Sometimes… Journal Entry (Thursday December 29, 2022) Sometimes you just want to write and your mind is so …

: Life’s Tasks Journal Entry (Wednesday December 28, 2022) I read recently that you have to look at life’s tasks …

: A Choice Journal Entry (Tuesday December 27, 2022) Former United States Senator Gary Hart reflecting on the …

: How To Love Your Cat Journal Entry (Monday December 26, 2022) How do you maximize your quality of life and still love …

: Bringing Light Journal Entry (Sunday December 25, 2022) Two nights ago I was lucky enough to attend the Seattle …

: Happy Coincidence Journal Entry (Saturday December 24, 2022) I met someone last night that reads my blog! …

: Ya Sure Journal Entry (Friday December 23, 2022) Yesterday I went in for a stress echo cardiogram test. I …

: Stress Test Journal Entry (Thursday December 22, 2022) I did one of those treadmill stress echo tests this …

: Why I Write Journal Entry (Wednesday December 21, 2022) Why I write. I suppose the best answer to that …

: How We Met Journal Entry (Tuesday December 20, 2022) I have probably told this story before, but that doesn’t …

: BBB Journal Entry (Monday December 19, 2022) “What can I get you? I have Beer, Bourbon, and Blessings. …

: The Universe Journal Entry (Wednesday December 14, 2022) The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to …

: The Journal Journal Entry (Tuesday December 13, 2022) As soon as I start writing in the journal I feel better. …

: Freedom of Speech Journal Entry (Monday December 12, 2022) You are free to say whatever I agree with, but if you say …

: Why I’m Here Journal Entry (Sunday December 11, 2022) I’m here because I love this place, not because I want to …

: Moral Ethical Choice Journal Entry (Saturday December 10, 2022) I made the correct moral ethical choice and I returned …

: Moral and Ethical Philosophy Journal Entry (Friday December 9, 2022) The question of what constitutes moral and ethical …

: Promises, Promises, Promises Journal Entry (Thursday December 8, 2022) I know I promised you last night I would bring my kitty …

: On Feeding Your Soul Journal Entry (Saturday November 19, 2022) I’m a slow reader. I say each word to myself as I read. …

: On the Bible Journal Entry (Friday November 18, 2022) It is unusual for me to wander into the topic of …

: On Cleaning Journal Entry (Thursday November 17, 2022) Franz Kafka Cleaning When you need more than …

: On Programming Poetry Journal Entry (Wednesday November 16, 2022) I write poetry like a computer programmer. Short, …

: On Losing One’s Mind Journal Entry (Tuesday November 15, 2022) It’s the Ides of November. I feel a little bit drained. …

: On Twitter and Writing Journal Entry (Monday November 14, 2022) It is with a fair bit of reluctance that I share these …

: On Issues Journal Entry (Sunday November 13, 2022) Warning: Political Message Ahead Let’s focus on the …

: On Leadership Journal Entry (Saturday November 12, 2022) Ruth Bader Ginsburg said… “Fight for the things you …

: On Expression Journal Entry (Friday November 11, 2022) Why do I write this trash anyway? The only real answer I …

: On Gloom and Doom Journal Entry (Thursday November 10, 2022) I have become aware, almost suddenly, that most of my …

: On Political Campaigns Journal Entry (Wednesday November 9, 2022) A note to Paul Begala, a Democratic campaign veteran …

: On Twitter Journal Entry (Tuesday November 8, 2022) In the early days of Twitter, people didn’t know what to …

: On Book Reviews Journal Entry (Monday November 7, 2022) If you are asked to review a book, you should probably …

: On Fish Journal Entry (Sunday November 6, 2022) The thought of being a Chinese citizen scares me to death. …

: On Carbon Emissions Journal Entry (Saturday November 5, 2022) We can’t cut carbon emissions enough to avoid the worst …

: On the Best Time to Ride Journal Entry (Friday November 4, 2022) Odd numbered years of course. Why? There are no …

: On Shitposting Journal Entry (Thursday November 3, 2022) I’m really tired of it. It seems to me the collective …

: On Trash Talking, Shitposting, and Fixing Social Media Journal Entry (Wednesday November 2, 2022) I date myself using the term “Trash Talking.” No one …

: On "On" Journal Entry (Tuesday November 1, 2022) That may be a somewhat strange title. I’m the sort of …

: On Art Journal Entry (Monday October 31, 2022) I have an artist friend that has done a few portraits of …

: On Sharing Journal Entry (Sunday October 30, 2022) I have always been more than just a little shy about …

: On Poetry Journal Entry (Saturday October 29, 2022) Poetry is not for everyone, it may not even be for me. …

: On Vitamin D Journal Entry (Friday October 28, 2022) There are people in the state of Arizona wearing masks and …

: On Hate Journal Entry (Thursday October 27, 2022) Just don’t do it. Life is too short. There are many …

: On Fear Journal Entry (Wednesday October 26, 2022) How do civilizations decline? The biggest reason is the …

: On Love Journal Entry (Tuesday October 25, 2022) It is presumptuous of me to claim to know something about …

: On Democracy Journal Entry (Monday October 24, 2022) According to a recent NBC Poll… Eighty percent of …

: On Work Journal Entry (Sunday October 23, 2022) I’ve been lucky. I spent most of my working life laboring …

: On Voting Journal Entry (Saturday October 22, 2022) I voted in my State’s General Election today by mail-in …

: On Writing Journal Entry (Friday October 21, 2022) I have realized this morning (not for the first time, but …

: Starbursts Journal Entry (Thursday October 20, 2022) WARNING. I’m getting just a bit political here, and I …

: A Toast Journal Entry (Wed October 12, 2022) It is my privilege to offer the first toast tonight… As the …

: Porcupine Rim Journal Entry (Thu October 6, 2022) Porcupine Rim. BLM East of Moab.

: Live In The Present Journal Entry (Thu October 6, 2022) A wise man once said: If you’re angry it’s because you’re …

: My Final Cat Poem Journal Entry (Mon October 3, 2022) The cat sleeps at my feet. Why does he do that? …

: The Perfect Pen Journal Entry (Tue October 4, 2022) I love to write, but I prefer to write by hand. In fact almost …

: Epilogue Poetry Challenge Day 365 (Saturday, October 8) The Poetry Challenge is complete. I probably should …

: The Journey Poetry Challenge Day 364 (Friday, October 7) A poem a day for a year… You might think by now they …

: My Cat Poetry Challenge Day 363 (Thursday, October 6) What does a cat think? I wish I knew. When I look …

: When You’re Not There Poetry Challenge Day 362 (Wednesday, October 5) It’s one thing to wake up every morning beside …

: Vote Poetry Challenge Day 361 (Tuesday, October 4) Don’t vote for a candidate because they tell you …

: The Oncely Alligator Poetry Challenge Day 360 (Monday, October 3) Perhaps all this poetry nonsense stems from my …

: Famous People Poetry Challenge Day 359 (Sunday, October 2) I know a guy that threw a pumpkin off the top of an …

: Writing Poetry Challenge Day 358 (Saturday, October 1) I would love to just sit down and write a poem but …

: What If Poetry Challenge Day 357 (Fri Sep 30) What if you got tired of me and decided to live without me. …

: The Window Poetry Challenge Day 356 (Thu Sep 29) I stare out the window, the wind is blowing what is that… A …

: Words Poetry Challenge Day 355 (Wed Sep 28) It seems we have lost our ability to laugh at ourselves, …

: Numbers Poetry Challenge Day 354 (Tue Sep 27) Where did numbers come from? It’s hard to imagine humans …

: You And The Cat Poetry Challenge Day 353 (Mon Sep 26) I miss you and the cat. I’ll survive. When I see both of you …

: A Small Crisis Poetry Challenge Day 352 (Sun Sep 25) I read a poem today. I saw it in a magazine. Apparently the …

: Speech Poetry Challenge Day 351 (Sat Sep 24) Just as hunting brutalizes the hunter, the use of demeaning …

: Dirtyness Poetry Challenge Day 354 (Fri Sep 23) I’m tired of dirty politics. I want to go back to the days …

: The Supreme Court Poetry Challenge Day 353 (Thu Sep 2) At a bus stop near my home Some graffiti caught my …

: Words To Live By Poetry Challenge Day 352 (Wed Sep 21) I have spent almost this entire last year attempting to …

: Failure Poetry Challenge Day 351 (Tue Sep 20) There is no “correct” way to write poetry. There is however …

: Fear And Power Poetry Challenge Day 350 (Mon Sep 19) Why do I not hear the phrase “Hitler 2.0” echoing from the …

: Old Age Poetry Challenge Day 349 (Sun Sep 18) You know your getting old and reminiscing about your …

: True Inner Peace Poetry Challenge Day 348 (Sat Sep 17) True inner peace comes from the nature of our thoughts …

: Prose Poetry Poetry Challenge Day 347 (Fri Sep 16) I guess that’s what you have to call this. Our River Guide …

: Good Writing Poetry Challenge Day 346 (Thu Sep 15) Good writing is something I aspire to but may never achieve. …

: Lists Poetry Challenge Day 345 (Wed Sep 14) I don’t like lists. They make me look back instead of look …

: Quality Poetry Challenge Day 344 (Tue Sep 13) The quality of our life Is determined by The quality of our …

: Love Poetry Challenge Day 343 (Mon Sep 12) There is always love. Give it, do not withhold it. You may …

: Desire Poetry Challenge Day 342 (Sun Sep 11) Why is it some humans desire power over their fellow humans? …

: The Grand Canyon Poetry Challenge Day 341 (Sat Sep 10) We floated the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. …

: The Constitution Poetry Challenge Day 340 (Fri Sep 9) I saw a sign the other day, it said: “The US Constitution is …

: COVID Poetry Challenge Day 339 (Thu Sep 8) COVID has exhausted me. The world has changed. I can’t look …

: First Light Poetry Challenge Day 338 (Wed Sep 7) Nothing can really quite compare to first light in the …

: My Love Poetry Challenge Day 337 (Tue Sep 6) You are the love of my life. There is no doubt in my mind. I …

: The Stars Poetry Challenge Day 336 (Mon Sep 5) I want to sit with you under the stars. I want to hold your …

: A Slightly Better Poem About Missing You Poetry Challenge Day 335 (Sun Sep 4) I miss you baby. Ya, the suspense is killing me too. You are …

: A Poem About Missing You Poetry Challenge Day 334 (Sat Sep 3) I miss you baby.

: The Trade Poetry Challenge Day 333 (Fri Sep 2) Breakfast in Denio Junction Utah. Three eggs over easy. 87 …

: The Choice Poetry Challenge Day 332 (Thu Sep 1) Smart is good, it means you have a lot to say to other …

: I Miss You Poetry Challenge Day 331 (Wed Aug 31) I miss you when you leave. Its only been ten minutes… I’ll …

: A Good Day Poetry Challenge Day 330 (Tue Aug 30) What makes a day a good day? Observing the wind, as it …

: Time Poetry Challenge Day 329 (Mon Aug 29) I measure the passage of time subconsciously. I have no real …

: The End Poetry Challenge Day 328 (Sun Aug 28) Every age has its end of civilization cataclysm. Our’s is no …

: I Love Writing Poetry Challenge Day 327 (Sat Aug 27) I love writing. But for me, it’s more about the act of …

: Today Poetry Challenge Day 326 (Fri Aug 26) It’s a nice day. There’s a bit of a breeze. I have some time …

: What Happens Poetry Challenge Day 325 (Thu Aug 25) What happens when you set a goal to write a poem a day for a …

: Dumb but Tough Poetry Challenge Day 324 (Wed Aug 24) I’m in my favorite bookstore. For some reason I set my …

: It’s Important To Have Goals Poetry Challenge Day 323 (Tue Aug 23) My goal in life is to be like a cat. Take it easy, don’t …

: Accidents Happen Poetry Challenge Day 322 (Mon Aug 22) I accidentally said something interesting today to my …

: Pleasure and Joy Poetry Challenge Day 321 (Sun Aug 21) I am mystified by the way the sun is moving across the page …

: Diving Duck Poetry Challenge Day 320 (Sat Aug 20) I like my water with lots of hops. So much hops in fact, …

: American Fascism Poetry Challenge Day 319 (Fri Aug 19) If American goes all-in for Fascism in ‘24, will Baseball be …

: Cats vs. Dogs Poetry Challenge Day 318 (Thu Aug 18) Dogs are so cool. Is there any animal cooler than a dog? …

: Writing Poetry Challenge Day 317 (Wed Aug 17) What do my cat and writing have in common… The cat sleeps …

: What Is Poetry Poetry Challenge Day 316 (Tue Aug 16) QUOTE Literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative …

: Donald Drumph Poetry Challenge Day 315 (Mon Aug 15) Donald Drumph (his real name) is diabolically Fascist. His …

: Affinity Diagram in Markdown Poetry Challenge Day 314 (Sun Aug 14) SOFT TECH | Rust / Julia / Hugo / Go | HARD TECH | Single …

: Hills Poetry Challenge Day 313 (Sat Aug 13) Facing a hill you have a choice to make, go up, or go …

: Giving Up Poetry Challenge Day 312 (Fri Aug 12) Whatever you do, don’t trade your custom built road bike in …

: Creativity Poetry Challenge Day 311 (Thu Aug 11) Creativity is transformative. Never abandon the work of …

: Breakfast Poetry Challenge Day 310 (Wed Aug 10) I pulled into a breakfast joint in bumfuck Louisiana. I was …

: Doors Poetry Challenge Day 309 (Tue Aug 9) When your kid goes off to college, the best advice you can …

: The Cat Poetry Challenge Day 308 (Mon Aug 8) The cat is getting fat he’s starting to look like a beached …

: Saving History Poetry Challenge Day 307 (Sun Aug 7) Can Liberal Democracy save history or will Fascism will …

: What Do You Do Poetry Challenge Day 306 (Sat Aug 6) What do you do when someone tells you they don’t love you. …

: Language Barrier Poetry Challenge Day 305 (Fri Aug 5) A California-based nonprofit, Earth Species Project (ESP), is …

: Having A Bad Day Poetry Challenge Day 304 (Thu Aug 4) I’m having a bad day. What do you do when you’re are having a …

: Fairness Poetry Challenge Day 303 (Wed Aug 3) It has been pointed out to me recently (as the result of an …

: Perchance to Think Poetry Challenge Day 302 (Tue Aug 2) I think better when I’m lying down, when I have my eyes …

: Pissed Poetry Challenge Day 301 (Mon Aug 1) I will probably write this every day for the rest of my life …

: Planning Poetry Challenge Day 300 (Sun Jul 31) never write down today what you plan to do tomorrow always …

: The Rule of 3’s Poetry Challenge Day 299 (Sat Jul 30) Never drive more than 3 hours in one day. Be in camp by 3pm. …

: Writing Poetry Challenge Day 298 (Fri Jul 29) It doesn’t matter if you write anything worthy of being read …

: Truth Poetry Challenge Day 297 (Thu Jul 28) How do we discover truth and use that to gain personal …

: Attention Poetry Challenge Day 296 (Wed Jul 27) Whoever or whatever commands your attention shows the world …

: Good Day Poetry Challenge Day 295 (Tue Jul 26) This has been a good day so far. It’s sunny. I discovered …

: New Book Poetry Challenge Day 294 (Mon Jul 25) When I get a new book the first thing I like to do is turn …

: Exposure Poetry Challenge Day 293 (Sun Jul 24) I don’t want you to see what I’m writing here, should you …

: Congratulations Poetry Challenge Day 292 (Sat Jul 23) My doctor wrote this in my after visit patient notes: …

: When We’re Gone Poetry Challenge Day 291 (Fri Jul 22) What will become of us when we die? There is no evidence …

: Daughter Poetry Challenge Day 290 (Thu Jul 21) Happy Birthday daughter. Of all the things that could be …

: Roe v. Wade Poetry Challenge Day 289 (Wed Jul 20) An open letter to Clarence Thomas @law.gwu.edu regarding Roe. …

: Wrongness Poetry Challenge Day 288 (Tue Jul 19) Something is wrong when you hear the phrase “I’d rather cry …

: Aphorism Poetry Challenge Day 287 (Mon Jul 18) An idea delivered in a terse manner is sometimes referred to …

: STP Day 2 Poetry Challenge Day 286 (Sun Jul 17) This is the 11th year for me. I love the memories as much as …

: STP Day 1 Poetry Challenge Day 285 (Sat Jul 16) I have forgotten how hard this is, at the same time how much …

: Ooooh, What a Lucky Man He Was Poetry Challenge Day 284 (Fri Jul 15) Ooooh, what a lucky man I am to have three children all of …

: Wondering Poetry Challenge Day 283 (Thu Jul 14) We go through life wondering about a lot of things: Are we a …

: Dear Diary Poetry Challenge Day 282 (Wed Jul 13) Dear Diary: I’ve been telling myself all week: “Hang Fauci.” …

: How Far Can You Go? Poetry Challenge Day 281 (Tue Jul 12) T. S. Eliot said: “Only those who will risk going too far …

: Portlandia Poetry Challenge Day 280 (Mon Jul 11) The motto “Keep Portland Weird” is not one the city will …

: One Good Trope Deserves Another Poetry Challenge Day 279 (Sun Jul 10) Ya, so… Trump used the “stolen election” trope to raise …

: A Mistake Is When You Poetry Challenge Day 278 (Sat Jul 9) Walk into a new venue looking for the tap list and all you …

: Contradiction Poetry Challenge Day 277 (Fri Jul 8) Life is a contradiction. We want freedom. Freedom to do as we …

: Getting Smarter Poetry Challenge Day 276 (Thu Jul 7) I told my neighbor I needed to be smarter about how I …

: Loosing Weight Poetry Challenge Day 275 (Wed Jul 6) I’m very skeptical about the Ohio solution to school …

: Remembering Poetry Challenge Day 274 (Tue Jul 5) If I could remember everything I have read I would be tempted …

: Happy Birthday Poetry Challenge Day 273 (Mon Jul 4) Happy Birthday America. You made it another year. The …

: Secret to Life Poetry Challenge Day 272 (Sun Jul 3) Love is pain. That is to say the wrong kind of love is pain. …

: Secret To Life Poetry Challenge Day 271 (Sat Jul 2) The secret to life is to learn how to enjoy life like you are …

: Punctuation Psychotherapy Poetry Challenge Day 270 (Fri Jul 1) punctuation is highly overrated I was of the opinion that …

: Two Birds, One Stone Poetry Challenge Day 269 (Thu Jun 30) I love turning the pages in my journal even though I do it …

: Windows Poetry Challenge Day 268 (Wed Jun 29) There are a lot of things more entertaining than cleaning a …

: Warning Poetry Challenge Day 267 (Tue Jun 28) Trying to figure out your PPO pharmacy deductible is like a …

: Retirement Poetry Challenge Day 266 (Mon Jun 27) Retirement is wonderful. It gives me time to write shit like …

: 100 Days to Go Poetry Challenge Day 265 (Sun Jun 26) Only 100 days to go. What have I gained? Confidence …

: Question And Answer Poetry Challenge Day 264 (Sat Jun 25) Question: How many poems can you write in a single day? …

: Sitting Poetry Challenge Day 263 (Fri Jun 24) I sit alone on the deck drinking a bottled water (which I …

: It’s A Beautiful Day Poetry Challenge Day 262 (Thu Jun 23) It’s a beautiful day I love the way the sun is shining …

: A Visual Tautology Poetry Challenge Day 261 (Wed Jun 22) Write a minimum of three lines every day.

: Plutarch’s Lives Poetry Challenge Day 260 (Tue Jun 21) Everyone who wants to be educated should read “Plutarch’s …

: Demonization Poetry Challenge Day 259 (Mon Jun 20) The demonization of Democrats started with Ronald Reagan and …

: Question Poetry Challenge Day 258 (Sun Jun 19) What happens when men of virtue are supplanted by men of …

: Live Life Poetry Challenge Day 257 (Sat Jun 18) Live life like you are riding your bicycle across the …

: A Three Line Poem in Four Lines Poetry Challenge Day 256 (Fri Jun 17) I believe life is a mystery. We never know for sure what …

: Irony Poetry Challenge Day 255 (Thu Jun 16) Smart people write every day. I’m not smart because I have …

: Non Sequitur Poetry Challenge Day 254 (Wed Jun 15) Trump Pence 2020… Trump Take Our Country Back… Coexist… Team …

: An Interesting Question Poetry Challenge Day 253 (Tue Jun 14) Writing poetry is hard. (I’ve already discussed that below.) …

: Cats Poetry Challenge Day 252 (Mon Jun 13) Happiness comes from cats not relationships. If you’re …

: The Graduate Poetry Challenge Day 251 (Sun Jun 12) You did it. You made the grade. Now it’s time to start the …

: Fuck Poetry Challenge Day 250 (Sat Jun 11) I have probably used the word “fuck” more times since the …

: Poetry Poetry Challenge Day 249 (Fri Jun 10) How do you write poetry? Well, first of all, you need to …

: Guns Poetry Challenge Day 248 (Thu Jun 9) Please. Take guns away, now and forever. It will never happen …

: 14/25 Journal Entry (Wed Jun 8, 2022) I must see: The Grand Canyon, Arizona (check) Mount Rushmore, …

: My Brain on Poetry Poetry Challenge Day 247 (Wed Jun 8) Poetry is tough. You have to have a brain to write poetry. …

: Awareness is Everything Poetry Challenge Day 246 (Tue Jun 7) I’m aware that my poetry has taken a dark turn of late. To …

: Three Words Poetry Challenge Day 245 (Mon Jun 6) Three words of advice: Read, think, write.

: FOX News Poetry Challenge Day 244 (Sun Jun 5) Those of us not fully conscious are being desensitized for …

: Women’s Rights Poetry Challenge Day 243 (Sat Jun 4) Giving women the right to decide the fate of their own bodies …

: First Principles Poetry Challenge Day 242 (Fri Jun 3) George Washington famously said: “Unless we can return a …

: Getting Tuckerd Poetry Challenge Day 241 (Thu Jun 2) How would you like to be educated in the finer points of …

: Society Poetry Challenge Day 240 (Wed Jun 1) In the final analysis, the abortion debate centers on who has …

: Potatoes Poetry Challenge Day 239 (Tue May 3) I played baseball once in a Federal Penitentiary. I was not …

: What Matters Poetry Challenge Day 238 (Mon May 30) It doesn’t matter what you do (within reason of course). But …

: My Love Poetry Challenge Day 237 (Sun May 29) She sleeps My love Gentle slumber I wait To wake her Gently …

: Mental Break Poetry Challenge Day 236 (Sat May 28) I was told by someone close to me that I had a mental break. …

: WTF Poetry Challenge Day 235 (Fri May 27) “Jesus, the ONLY path to God.” I saw that on a billboard. I …

: Will Democracy Stand Poetry Challenge Day 234 (The May 26) Most days I don’t think so. Why are people so stupid? Why do …

: True Love Poetry Challenge Day 233 (Wed May 25) True love only happens Once in a lifetime. Unless of course …

: Love Poetry Challenge Day 232 (Tue May 24) Until you learn to love yourself the door is locked to …

: The Journey Poetry Challenge Day 231 (Mon May 23) The wind blew. The bike swayed. The temperature cold. The …

: Bad News Poetry Challenge Day 230 (Sun May 22) When something bad happens I view it as punishment for being …

: Good News Poetry Challenge Day 229 (Sat May 21) Good news! The Earth has survived several mass extinctions. …

: God Poetry Challenge Day 228 (Fri May 20) If man is made in God’s image. If the likeness of man to God …

: Oligarchs Poetry Challenge Day 227 (Thu May 19) Twitter is dead to me. I’m tired of Oligarchs and their …

: The Game of Risk Poetry Challenge Day 226 (Wed May 18) The history of American Foreign Policy is modeled after the …

: Age 70 Poetry Challenge Day 225 (Tue May 17) The gold standard for fitness at age 70, is to be able to …

: Words Poetry Challenge Day 224 (Mon May 16) I live in a world of words but I have nothing to say. The …

: A Sad Poem Poetry Challenge Day 223 (Sun May 15) Strange noises in the night. I realize there is an …

: Happy Birthday! Poetry Challenge Day 222 (Sat May 14) Happy Birthday daughter. Of all the things that could be …

: Laundromat Poetry Challenge Day 221 (Fri May 13) Things could always be worse. I could be doing my laundry at …

: Lists Poetry Challenge Day 220 (Thu May 12) I’m a list addict. The benefit is yet to be determined. I …

: What the Hell Poetry Challenge Day 219 (Wed May 11) What the Hell Ski Pomerelle. Not terrible original, but it …

: Life Partie Deux Poetry Challenge Day 218 (Tue May 10) You don’t choose a life you live one.

: Nightly Prayer Poetry Challenge Day 217 (Mon May 9) We are of the nature to change. We are of the nature to grow …

: Life Poetry Challenge Day 216 (Sun May 8) Life rushes through us and past us like a stream constantly …

: God Poetry Challenge Day 215 (Sat May 7) God does not exist. A loving God would not allow this shit to …

: Putin Poetry Challenge Day 214 (Fri May 6) If Putin had a cat, the world would be a better place. We …

: What Matters Most Poetry Challenge Day 213 (Thu May 5) It matters not how we feel… What matters is how we respond to …

: What Matters Poetry Challenge Day 212 (Wed May 4) It matters not how we feel… What matters is how we respond to …

: Happy Birthday Poetry Challenge Day 211 (Tue May 3) They say the third time is a charm. Who am I to argue? In …

: Kitty by My Side Poetry Challenge Day 210 (Mon May 2) It really is a pleasure to have a kitty by my side. There’s …

: Luxury Poetry Challenge Day 209 (Sun May 1) Sitting on a heated toilet seat is the height of luxury. …

: Meditation Poetry Challenge Day 208 (Sat Apr 30) I’m trying to understand how meditation can save the world. …

: Bodhisattva I Am Not Poetry Challenge Day 207 (Fri Apr 29) This is a poem of encouragement to myself. A Bodhisattva I …

: The Holy Grail Poetry Challenge Day 206 (Thu Apr 28) Take your pick… Methodist, Mormon, Catholic, Buddhist, the …

: Advice Poetry Challenge Day 205 (Wed Apr 27) Who am I to give advice? I am no one. Let me give it anyway… …

: Ode to One Who is Gone Poetry Challenge Day 204 (Tue Apr 26) Surprisingly, I think of you often. I’m not really sure why. …

: Writing Poetry Challenge Day 203 (Mon Apr 25) I need to sit for fifteen minutes each morning and evening. …

: Books Poetry Challenge Day 202 (Sun Apr 24) I love the feel of a book in my hands. I take great …

: Waking Up Poetry Challenge Day 201 (Sat Apr 23) The first thing I should do when I wake in the morning is: …

: Community Poetry Challenge Day 200 (Fri Apr 22) The Jefferson County Library District in Oregon is sponsoring …

: GOMBAR Poetry Challenge Day 199 (Thu Apr 21) What is it you do when you are most at peace with yourself? …

: Toshi’s Lunchbox Poetry Challenge Day 198 (Wed Apr 20) I remember the early days of the Internet. The notion of …

: Cat In The Back Poetry Challenge Day 197 (Tue Apr 19) Baby I love you. Hop in my truck and we’ll go for a ride. …

: Climate Change Poetry Challenge Day 196 (Mon Apr 18) To not be concerned about the future of our children is the …

: Sublime Rhyme Time Poetry Challenge Day 195 (Sun Apr 17) I actually wrote a poem that had a rhyme in it. That’s not …

: What I Want Poetry Challenge Day 194 (Sat Apr 16) It doesn’t have to be the man that is the first one to say …

: Disguise Poetry Challenge Day 193 (Fri Apr 15) I was thinking… Maybe I should get one of those fancy …

: Question Poetry Challenge Day 192 (Thu Apr 14) Who are the U.S. supporters of Vladimir Putin? One might …

: I’ll Meet You in Flagstaff Poetry Challenge Day 191 (Wed Apr 13) Thank you for letting me share the last two days with you …

: She/Her Poetry Challenge Day 190 (Tue Apr 12) She has told me not to write about Her. How can I not? She …

: Two Backpacks Poetry Challenge Day 189 (Mon Apr 11) We all hike the trail of life with two backpacks, one in …

: Life Poetry Challenge Day 188 (Sun Apr 10) Life rushes through us and past us like a stream. Nothing is …

: Cognitive Autonomy Poetry Challenge Day 187 (Sat Apr 9) Cognition 1 Engage, Engage, Engage… Engage the foot with the …

: Conversation Poetry Challenge Day 186 (Fri Apr 8) Forty nine years ago I went into a dive bar wearing a stupid …

: Twenty Dollars Poetry Challenge Day 185 (Thu Apr 7) If you believe the 2020 election was rigged… Send me $20.

: Coffee Poetry Challenge Day 184 (Wed Apr 6) I like my coffee the same way Mormons like their women.

: Celebration Poetry Challenge Day 183 (Tue Apr 5) This is the half-way point of my Poetry Challenge. Time to …

: Tucker Carlson Meets Marcus Aurelius Poetry Challenge Day 182 (Mon Apr 4) Two men aboard a sailboat. One is a Stoic, one not. A fierce …

: W, X, Y, Z Poetry Challenge Day 181 (Sun Apr 3) The secret to life, is being content with what you have! I …

: Democracy Poetry Challenge Day 180 (Sat Apr 2) What is a democracy? I’m pretty sure It’s something we don’t …

: Nice Poetry Challenge Day 179 (Fri Apr 1) I remember the Beach Boys singing “Wouldn’t it be nice.” Yes… …

: A Responsible World Poetry Challenge Day 178 (Thu Mar 31) There are employers paying outsourced employees in Russia …

: Joy Poetry Challenge Day 177 (Wed Mar 30) Joy comes from figuring out how something works. That’s why …

: BASIC Poetry Challenge Day 176 (Tue Mar 29) 10 REM DEFINITION OF INSANITY 20 VOTE REPUBLICAN 30 OBSERVE …

: Wise Man Journal Entry (Sun Mar 27, 2022) ”The wise man looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.” …

: Treasure Within Poetry Challenge Day 175 (Mon Mar 28) There is a Hindu teaching that states: “Still your mind to …

: Pull The Plug Journal Entry (Sun Mar 27, 2022) I’m aware there are people that will take exception to this, …

: Friends of Convenience Poetry Challenge Day 174 (Sun Mar 27) Years ago, my friend taught me about friends of convenience. …

: Love Poetry Challenge Day 173 (Sat Mar 26) Self is an illusion. We are all connected, like the root …

: A Good Day Poetry Challenge Day 172 (Fri Mar 25) A good day is any day you are able to write a poem.

: What is My Why Poetry Challenge Day 171 (Thu Mar 24) What is my why? What do I look like inside this block of …

: The World is a Shithole Poetry Challenge Day 170 (Wed Mar 23) People dying in Afganistan didn’t bother me nearly as much …

: Two Types of People Poetry Challenge Day 169 (Tue Mar 22) There are two types of people in the world: Those that can …

: Prose Dammit Poetry Challenge Day 168 (Mon Mar 21) It just dawned on me what my poetry is… It’s prose in short …

: With You by My Side Poetry Challenge Day 167 (Sun Mar 20) I’ve never been good at concentrating. If there is anything …

: Water and Frog Poetry Challenge Day 166 (Sat Mar 19) I don’t now how to rhyme, so I’m going to have a go at Haiku. …

: Be Nice Journal Entry ( a bit later Fri Mar 18, 2022) “Be nice. (The world is a small town.)” — Austin …

: An (Almost Blinding) Flash of Insight Journal Entry (Fri Mar 18, 2022) It has become apparent to me why I love writing by hand in my …

: Poetry Belongs to Everyone Poetry Challenge Day 165 (Fri Mar 18) Poetry belongs to everyone. I like to make mine accessible …

: Ducks and Crickets Journal Entry (Thu Mar 16, 2022) So, someone I haven’t associated with in-person for a few year …

: Ides of March Journal Entry (Tue Mar 15, 2022) Today is the Ides of March. Watch out if your name is Caesar. …

: Don't Hate Poetry Because of Me Poetry Challenge Day 162 (Tue Mar 15) We are all born poets. Writing poetry is an expression of …

: Daughter Poetry Challenge Day 161 (Mon Mar 14) Happy Birthday daughter. Of all the things that could be …

: Beer Coasters Poetry Challenge Day 160 (Sun Mar 13) I like using coasters (beer coasters to be precise) as book …

: Poets Laureate Poetry Challenge Day 159 (Sat Mar 12) I am reading the biographies of Poets Laureate on the …

: Sister Poetry Challenge Day 158 (Fri Mar 11) I was chatting with my Sister. Quite unexpectedly she …

: RV (Revenge Verse) Poetry Challenge Day 157 (Thu Mar 10) If you think the ”RV” parked in my driveway is offensive, …

: Fire Poetry Challenge Day 156 (Wed Mar 9) Fire is a catalyst it provides warmth to survive and it …

: Genre Poetry Challenge Day 155 (Tue Mar 8) There are two types of poetry. Imaginative and reality based. …

: Shopping Bag Poetry Challenge Day 154 (Mon Mar 7) As I’m walking into the grocery store I see people walking …

: Sunday Poetry Challenge Day 153 (Sun Mar 6) Every day should be Sunday. I love Sunday. I don’t feel …

: Death Poetry Challenge Day 152 (Sat Mar 5) Writing a poem about death is not something I planned to do. …

: Minty Fresh Poetry Challenge Day 151 (Fri Mar 4) The Cortisone Cream and the Colgate sit next to each other on …

: Untitled Poetry Challenge Day 150 (Thu Mar 3) Why not write a poem that is untitled? What would such a poem …

: Mid-Morning Cup Poetry Challenge Day 149 (Wed Mar 2) I went in for a mid-morning cup. Never been here before. (I …

: One Reader Poetry Challenge Day 148 (Tue Mar 1) I know there is one person that reads my poems. I never …

: Water and Frog (Apologies to Joy Harjo) Poetry Challenge Day 147 (Mon Feb 28) I’ve come to the water to look for Frog. (For no particular …

: Cat Skiing Poetry Challenge Day 146 (Sun Feb 27) I went cat skiing. Tux wasn’t with me, so it wasn’t really …

: My Friend Poetry Challenge Day 145 (Sat Feb 26) You have no idea how much I love you. Can I use the word …

: My Friend Poetry Challenge Day 144 (Fri Feb 25) I can’t find the words to tell you how much I love you. Even …

: Heartache Poetry Challenge Day 143 (Thu Feb 24) Everyone carries a heartache, what do we do with it? Do we …

: Praise Poetry Challenge Day 142 (Wed Feb 23) I’m sitting in a restaurant writing in my journal. I don’t …

: Discovery Poetry Challenge Day 141 (Tue Feb 22) I think my poetry may best be described as a stream of …

: Smith Rock State Park Journal Entry (Mon Feb 21, 2022) I recently went for a ride in Smith Rock State Park. SRSP is …

: Dinner Out Poetry Challenge Day 140 (Mon Feb 21) My server just apologized for taking so long with my order. …

: Hate Poetry Challenge Day 139 (Sun Feb 20) If you didn’t hate poetry before you stumbled onto this …

: My Pen Poetry Challenge Day 138 (Sat Feb 19) I love writing. It’s not about the words (mostly) it’s about …

: Tattoo Poetry Challenge Day 137 (Fri Feb 18) Should I get a tattoo? I think so… Why? Because I have an …

: Writing Poetry Challenge Day 136 (Thu Feb 17) Do I write on the computer or in my journal? In my journal. …

: My Calling Card Poetry Challenge Day 135 (Wed Feb 16) My Calling Card Skiing Cycling Mountain Biking Kayaking …

: Calling Cards Poetry Challenge Day 134 (Tue Feb 15) People leave calling cards on my truck. Invitations to join …

: Valentine’s Day Poetry Challenge Day 133 (Mon Feb 14) Ah Valentine’s Day! Another great American Holiday! Yes we …

: Poetry Poetry Challenge Day 132 (Sun Feb 13) I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly is poetry. I …

: One Last Week Poetry Challenge Day 131 (Sat Feb 12) If this were my last week on earth I would spend it with my …

: Frenchy Poetry Challenge Day 130 (Fri Feb 11) My friends call me “Frenchy.” I’ve been trying to force my …

: Be Happy Poetry Challenge Day 129 (Thu Feb 10) Do you want to be happy? It’s not that simple you say: “When …

: Stupid Shit Poetry Challenge Day 128 (Wed Feb 9) Things that are stupid: An airfoil on the back of a shitty …

: Good Writing _ Poetry Challenge Day 127 (Tue Feb 8)_ “We sat in tall grass by a boulder, making ourselves …

: Not Necessarily in This Order… But Probably Poetry Challenge Day 126 (Mon Feb 7) I’m going skiing today. It is the second love of my life. If …

: Your Grammar Poetry Challenge Day 125 (Sun Feb 6) If I correct your grammar it’s not because I’m smarter than …

: Love of My Life Poetry Challenge Day 124 (Sat Feb 5) I met the love of my life. It has taken almost a lifetime. …

: You Are There Poetry Challenge Day 123 (Fri Feb 4) Sometimes, when your not there, I will gather the blankets …

: The Four Immeasurables Poetry Challenge Day 122 (Thu Feb 3) Be kind to all living things. Stay balanced and steady. Feel …

: I Am A Thousand Winds That Blow Journal Entry (Fri Feb 4, 2022) Digging through a book on woodworking that was one of my favorites …

: AI Poetry Challenge Day 121 (Wed Feb 2) This poem was written by an AI. You’d never guess that …

: The Problem with Humans Poetry Challenge Day 120 (Tue Feb 1) The problem with humans is that we have no ability to feel …

: Just Fine _ Poetry Challenge Day 119 (Mon Jan 31)_ If you are skiing better now than you were last year, …

: Gratitude _ Poetry Challenge Day 118 (Sun Jan 30)_ Skiing. Cycling. Hiking. Camping. Mountain Biking. My …

: Future _ Poetry Challenge Day 117 (Sat Jan 29)_ It’s okay to take a bit of time for yourself. How else …

: 68 _ Poetry Challenge Day 116 (Fri Jan 28)_ Sixty-eight on-earth years. It seems like so few really. …

: Joy _ Poetry Challenge Day 115 (Thu Jan 27)_ Do things for the joy. Do not do things as a means to …

: One Month _ Poetry Challenge Day 114 (Wed Jan 26)_ I haven’t seen you in a month. I don’t like being away …

: Pain and Fear _ Poetry Challenge Day 113 (Tue Jan 25)_ Pain and fear Are at the heart of discontent. Pain and …

: Dream Poetry Challenge Day 112 (Mon Jan 24) I dreamed you said something That made me feel bad. When I …

: Energy _ Poetry Challenge Day 111 (Sun Jan 23)_ Be Inspired. Be Filled with Energy. Stay Open. Stay …

: My Poetry _ Poetry Challenge Day 110 (Sat Jan 22)_ I’ve decided my poetry Isn’t poetry. It’s more like …

: If I Were Gay _ Poetry Challenge Day 109 (Fri Jan 21)_ I’m parked next to a Winnebago Conversion. He’s from …

: Healing _ Poetry Challenge Day 108 (Thu Jan 20)_ The viral video “Loose Change” Started it all, How can we …

: Birthday _ Poetry Challenge Day 107 (Wed Jan 19)_ They say it’s my birthday. What does that mean? There is …

: Trusty Companion _ Poetry Challenge Day 106 (Tue Jan 18)_ I would be A lonely boy On the road Without my Trusty …

: GWB _ Poetry Challenge Day 105 (Mon Jan 17)_ George W Bush redeemed himself today By calling out the …

: $Golden $Globe $Award _ Poetry Challenge Day 104 (Sun Jan 16)_ There’s a category For everything. I could probably Win …

: Beard _ Poetry Challenge Day 103 (Sat Jan 15)_ I’m growing a beard! I left my razor in Salt Lake City. …

: Your Voice _ Poetry Challenge Day 102 (Fri Jan 14)_ Just hearing your voice Makes my day. Connects me To you. …

: My Inspiration _ Poetry Challenge Day 101 (Thu Jan 13)_ I picked up a book It’s called “A Book Of Delights” The …

: Bad Bet _ Poetry Challenge Day 100 (Wed Jan 12)_ What can be written That hasn’t been written? Nothing. …

: NMB _ Poetry Challenge Day 99 (Tue Jan 11)_ Hanging out at North Mountain Brewery. My favorite place …

: Words _ Poetry Challenge Day 98 (Mon Jan 10)_ It seems as though I spend my life Reading words And …

: Lies _ Poetry Challenge Day 97 (Sun Jan 9)_ Lies are powerful things. They are often used as tools to …

: Risk _ Poetry Challenge Day 96 (Sat Jan 8)_ Bitcoin, Ethereum, many more. There’s a difference, I’m …

: Stocks and Bonds _ Poetry Challenge Day 95 (Fri Jan 7)_ When I see a sign that says “Watch for Stock.” Should I …

: One Year Later _ Poetry Challenge Day 94 (Thu Jan 6)_ My sadness today is palpable. I’m embarrassed to have …

: The Mask _ Poetry Challenge Day 93 (Wed Jan 5)_ Never before in the history of our country has a political …

: K.R. _ Poetry Challenge Day 92 (Tue Jan 4)_ Gun laws and self defense laws have collided. The challenge …

: Septic Paws _ Poetry Challenge Day 91 (Mon Jan 3)_ “Obey the laws and wear the gauze. Protect your jaws from …

: CoI _ Poetry Challenge Day 90 (Sun Jan 2)_ The Cult of Ignorance Is driving a new definition Of …

: Accomplished _ Poetry Challenge Day 89 (Sat Jan 1)_ My daughter gave me a book By Haruki Murakami. It is a …

: Eighty Eight _ Poetry Challenge Day 88 (Fri Dec 31)_ This is an attempt at writing a poem when I have no idea …

: Voice _ Poetry Challenge Day 87 (Thu Dec 30)_ The voice inside my head is talking to me. No, I’m not …

: Ignorance _ Poetry Challenge Day 86 (Wed Dec 29)_ Your ignorance Is as good as my knowledge. What’s wrong …

: Cycle _ Poetry Challenge Day 85 (Tue Dec 28)_ I want to cycle across the country one more time. I want …

: December 15th _ Poetry Challenge Day 84 (Mon Dec 27)_ Today we broke 800,000. In the best tradition of all …

: Poem _ Poetry Challenge Day 83 (Sun Dec 26)_ Life is a poem. It weaves itself into strange patterns. …

: Power _ Poetry Challenge Day 82 (Sat Dec 25)_ Speak truth to power. What does that mean. I’ve seen truth …

: The Current Age _ Poetry Challenge Day 81 (Fri Dec 24)_ We are living in an age Where people just Make shit up.

: The Death of Truth _ Poetry Challenge Day 80 (Thu Dec 23)_ Speaking truth to autrocracy Is no longer sufficient to …

: The News _ Poetry Challenge Day 79 (Wed Dec 22)_ I’m gaining weight. It’s my cat’s fault. All he does is …

: Not Poetry _ Poetry Challenge Day 78 (Tue Dec 21)_ Ya, I know, I’ve said it before, this is not poetry. But …

: Crimson & Clover _ Poetry Challenge Day 77 (Mon Dec 20)_ Tommy James and the Shondells Crimson and Clover. It was …

: Imagination _ Poetry Challenge Day 76 (Sun Dec 19)_ Imagination. That’s my problem, I don’t have one. Oh, I …

: America _ Poetry Challenge Day 75 (Sat Dec 18)_ America is sliding into Autocracy… Why? Part of me is …

: Two’s Complement _ Poetry Challenge Day 74 (Fri Dec 17)_ I can’t imagine life without my love. She is the perfect …

: Friend _ Poetry Challenge Day 73 (Thu Dec 16)_ I just want to get in my truck and go see my friend. How …

: Christmas Lights _ Poetry Challenge Day 72 (Wed Dec 15)_ Something about a wind chime, unpredictable, soothing, but …

: Central Oregon _ Poetry Challenge Day 71 (Tue Dec 14)_ In Central Oregon men wear Wrangler jeans, so do their …

: Vax or Wax (Hint: Both) _ Poetry Challenge Day 70 (Mon Dec 13)_ Together let’s end Covid, please vax up. Together let’s …

: Experience _ Poetry Challenge Day 69 (Sun Dec 12)_ I voted for Richard Nixon, I was too young to know any …

: Crowd _ Poetry Challenge Day 68 (Sat Dec 11)_ You can’t stuff a crowd through a door, but you can nudge …

: Pronouns _ Poetry Challenge Day 67 (Fri Dec 10)_ I, me, we, us, you, she, her, he, him, it, they, them, …

: We Forgive _ Poetry Challenge Day 66 (Thu Dec 9)_ We have to forgive slavery, We have to forgive segregation, …

: The Cat _ Poetry Challenge Day 65 (Wed Dec 8)_ I love the way my cat ignores me when he’s trying to get my …

: Poetic-Voice.go _ Poetry Challenge Day 64 (Tue Dec 7)_ // Poetic voice calculator in Golang package main import …

: Go _ Poetry Challenge Day 63 (Mon 12/6/21)_ In Golang, the only True value is true the only False …

: e. e. cummings _ Poetry Challenge Day 62 (Sun 12/5/21)_ e. e. cummings, a.k.a. Edward Estlin Cummings wrote a …

: Epic Poetry Challenge Day 61 (Sat 12/4/21) My favorite saying simply says… “Do Epic Shit.”

: Constitution _ Poetry Challenge Day 60 (Fri 12/3/21)_ I saw a sign the other day, it said “The Constitution is …

: Caste _ Poetry Challenge Day 59 (Thu 12/2/21)_ I’m reading a book that is profoundly disturbing. The …

: Lucky Man Poetry Challenge Day 58 (Wed 12/1/21) Oh, What a lucky man I am. I’ve never worn white lace. I’ve …

: All Things Considered _ Poetry Challenge Day 57 (Tue 11/30/21)_ All things considered, I couldn’t be happier. Sure, I …

: Origin _ Poetry Challenge Day 56 (Mon 11/29/21)_ He knocks on the door. They let him in. She hides in her …

: Souvenirs _ Poetry Challenge Day 55 (Sun 11/28/21)_ Lynching postcards. Horror unimaginable. Even the Nazis …

: Ode to Billie Collins _ Poetry Challenge Day 54 (Sat 11/27/21)_ Billie Collins is my hero. I love the way he writes. The …

: Tree House _ Poetry Challenge Day 53 (Fri 11/26/21)_ I’ve written some poems sitting in a bar, it may seem …

: Thanksgiving _ Poetry Challenge Day 52 (Thu 11/25/21)_ Thanksgiving. I love you. Yes, all of you… the current… …

: Beards _ Poetry Challenge Day 51 (Wed 11/24/21)_ I’ve noticed Oregon has the corner On the beard market. …

: The Bar _ Poetry Challenge Day 50 (Tue 11/23/21)_ Occasionally you need to hang out in your local bar. …

: Rosemary Apple Pie Recipe Ingredients Filling 1/4 C granulated sugar 1/4 C water 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary plus …

: Thanksgiving Scallion-Cheddar Cornbread Stuffing Recipe Ingredients 5 Tbs unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan 1 bunch scallions 1 …

: Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole Recipe Ingredients 2 Tbs unsalted butter 2 pounds green beans, trimmed and broken in half 6 …

: Paid _ Poetry Challenge Day 49 (Mon 11/22/21)_ I paid, it forward.

: Online Search _ Poetry Challenge Day 48 (Sun 11/21/21)_ Adkins… …Caregiver, State of Oregon …Director of Field …

: Not A Poem _ Poetry Challenge Day 47 (Sat 11/20/21)_ I know this isn’t a poem. This is my life. As simple, …

: Pay It Forward _ Poetry Challenge Day 46 (11/19/21)_ Read Day 45 first… Out of nowhere, the answer presents …

: The Din _ Poetry Challenge Day 45 (11/18/21)_ I can say, unequivocally I have never lived through a worse …

: Poetry Challenge _ Poetry Challenge Day 44 (11/17/21)_ The actual challenge here is to write poetry. Someone told …

: Social Media _ Poetry Challenge Day 43 (11/16/21)_ We can not see the value of our institutions because the …

: Black _ Poetry Challenge Day 42 (11/15/21)_ Think about this for a moment, There are no black people in …

: Caste Poetry Challenge Day 41 (11/14/21) Make no mistake the caste system is alive and well in America. …

: Drivers _ Poetry Challenge Day 40, Saturday November 13_ Worst drivers on the road… those driving a Toyota …

: Virtue Journal Entry “A man of virtue ought to solve problems - not simply use them to attack his …

: Curse _ Poetry Challenge Day 39, Friday November 12_ What is this curse: to have the desire of gods but …

: Bad Poetry Journal Entry So I wrote a poem in Go this morning. It’s a calculator that tells me when I will …

: The Order Thursday November 11 (Poetry Challenge Day 38) I would rather adventure overland, than do anything …

: Fuck No Wedensday November 10 (Poetry Challenge Day 37) Let’s play a game… When I ask you a question, you …

: Climate Change Tuesday November 9 (Poetry Challenge Day 36) Some say yes, some say no. You can’t remember a time …

: What’s Going Down Journal Entry I can’t think of an “old” song more relevant to today than this one… There’s …

: Galere Monday November 8 (Poetry Challenge Day 35) I went to my inbox and found the word “Galere” in my …

: What To Do Before I Die Journal Entry First of all, I don’t intend to answer the question, I just want to consider it for a …

: Coffee Sunday November 7 (Poetry Challenge Day 34) Arabica beans are superior. Robusta beans taste like …

: Experiment Journal Entry I’m now experimenting with writing my “daily journal” in the Ulysses app. I never …

: Sierras Saturday November 6 (Poetry Challenge Day 33) It was the Fall of ’19 a few months before the …

: Dogs Friday November 5 (Poetry Challenge Day 32) If you want a friend get a dog. If you want to be …

: A Month Thursday November 4 (Poetry Challenge Day 31) I’m mildly surprised, I completed one month. Eleven …

: Poem Wednesday November 3 (Poetry Challenge Day 30) Any day you write a poem is a good day.

: Florida Tuesday November 2 (Poetry Challenge Day 29) My cat has no idea how lucky he is to be out of …

: No Obligation Monday November 1 (Poetry Challenge Day 28) I hearby release you from all obligation you may feel …

: Parliament Sunday October 31 (Poetry Challenge Day 27) Conservative member of Parliament, David Amess, stabbed …

: Advice Saturday October 30 (Poetry Challenge Day 26) You should never give advice. What you should do, is …

: Wilkerson, Isabel. "Caste." Random House; 2021. Journal Entry I simply can not recommend this book any more highly. Reading this book will give …

: High Desert Friday October 29 (Poetry Challenge Day 25) Sunrise in the high desert is a joy to behold. It is …

: Wind Chime Thursday October 28 (Poetry Challenge Day 24) This morning I awoke to my wind chime. It is such a …

: List Wedensday October 27 (Poetry Challenge Day 23) Dishwasher tablets. Small Olive Oil. Sandwich …

: Discovery Tuesday October 26 (Poetry Challenge Day 22) It occurred to me this morning that what I am really …

: Monterey 12.0.1 Allow me to digress momentarily into a realm of trivia likely of interest only to people that post …

: Triptych Monday October 25 (Poetry Challenge Day 21) One goes into the dirt at his feet. He doesn’t bend …

: Shit Sunday October 24 (Poetry Challenge Day 20) It’s time to go buy some shit on Amazon… …or not. …

: Fountain Pen Saturday October 23 (Poetry Challenge Day 19) Few tools give me more pleasure than a fine fountain …

: Get On Your Bike And Ride Friday October 22 (Poetry Challenge Day 18) You could use this phrase to suggest someone needs to …

: When I Die Thursday October 21 (Poetry Challenge Day 17) You’ve heard the phrase ‘don’t cry for me.’ I’m …

: My Cat Thinks I’m Stupid Wedensday October 20 (Poetry Challenge Day 16) He Is, There’s Little Doubt Did you know there is …

: Parking Tuesday October 19 (Poetry Challenge Day 15) It’s truly amazing how quickly we become frustrated …

: Crisis Monday October 18 (Poetry Challenge Day 14) The world is in crisis. I try to be optimistic. I …

: Redmond Whiskey Fig Given to me by a bartender at the Wayfarer Hotel in Redmond Oregon 1 Marinated Fig 2 oz. Woodford …

: Daughter Sunday October 17 (Poetry Challenge Day 13) Happy Birthday daughter. Of all the things that could …

: Redmond Whiskey Sour Given to me by a bartender in Flagstaff Arizona 1 Egg White 2 oz. Woodford Reserve 1 oz. Lemon …

: Redmond Manhattan Otherwise known as a Black Manhattan 2 oz. Woodford Reserve 3/4 oz. Amaro Averna Sicilliano 4 drops …

: LST Saturday October 16 (Poetry Challenge Day 12) Poetry is in my blood. I remember when I was in High …

: Coffee Friday October 15 (Poetry Challenge Day 11) I couldn’t cut code without coffee. Now I can’t write …

: My Greatest Joy Thursday October 14 (Poetry Challenge Day 10) My greatest joy might be reading my poems to you in …

: My Greatest Fear Wedensday October 13 (Poetry Challenge Day 9) My greatest fear is that I will run out of things to …

: Famous People Tuesday October 12 (Poetry Challenge Day 8) I know a guy that dropped a pumpkin from the top of an …

: In Defense of (My) Poetry Monday October 11 (Poetry Challenge Day 7) I know some of you may be thinking is this poetry? If …

: Missing You Sunday October 10 (Poetry Challenge Day 6) It’s one thing to wake up every morning beside you, …

: The Oncely Alligator Saturday October 9 (Poetry Challenge Day 5) Perhaps all this poetry nonsense stems from my …

: Cats Friday October 8 (Poetry Challenge Day 4) What does a cat think? I wish I knew. When I look into …

: Water Thursday October 7 (Poetry Challenge Day 3) I forgot to water the plants - again. One of them …

: 475 Wednesday October 6 (Poetry Challenge Day 2) Four hundred seventy five miles. That’s a long day. I …

: I've Been Thinking Tuesday October 5 (Poetry Challenge Day 1) I’ve been thinking about writing a poem a day. Who …

: The Burl Sitting in a tree house looking out surrounded by nothing but leaves I am suspended by the handiwork …

: Daughter's Day Yes it’s Father’s Day, but since I’m a Father myself it would presumptuous to write about me, so, …

: VPN This morning I started to set up my new router. I purchased this from a reseller that customizes …

: Fauci Danger: political commentary ahead. Before we go any further, let’s talk about that. Just …

: How To Be A Writer I’m the last person that should be attempting to answer that question. But there are a few things I …

: Bottle of Water There is a part of me that really hates to comment on politics. It seems like right now there isn’t …

: Pandemic This was written in March of 2020, one week into the stay at home order in Washington State. It is …

: Back in Kanab Friday, February 14, 2020 Kanab Utah Back in Kanab Red rock mountains, Monasteries on high, Need to …

: A Day Tuesday, December 17, 2019 A Day some might say it was a wasted day No. 2 bus to Downtown in and …

: The Country Wednesday, November 20, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I …

: Ferlinghetti Rails Sunday, November 10, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: The Road Tuesday, October 22, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: Wind Friday, October 11, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: El Cosmico Thursday, October 10, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: Grass Thursday, October 3, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: Birds Wednesday, October 2, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: Lost Tuesday, September 24, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: Good Poem, Bad Poem Friday, September 20, 2019 I wrote this poem while I was on my “Southern Tier” bicycle tour. I also …

: Fishing (Or Ode to Sam McGee) Thursday, September 12, 2019 This post was written while hiking in the Sierra Mountains Fishing (Or …

: The Lake Wednesday, September 11, 2019 This post was written while hiking in the Sierra Mountains The Lake …

: Lake and Sky Sunday, August 25, 2019 This post was written while hiking in the Sierra Mountains Lake and Sky The …

: Sim Saturday, August 24, 2019 Sim Why are we here. Are we real, or are we some future sim. I have …

: Ride Monday, August 19, 2019 Ride We went for a ride The ferry took us across the water Together we …

: Feeling Friday, August 15, 2019 Feeling Do I feel good or do I feel well. It could be both. Although, I …

: Dad Friday, August 2, 2019 Dad Who is this man? I barely know him. He coaches my Little League team. He …

: Hills Saturday, July 27, 2019 This poem was written when I was cycling around the Finger Lakes in Upstate …

: Just For Fun This post is rated for language Just got an email from Microsoft. They are in the process of …

: The Worst Roads There is no state with narrower roads, narrower shoulders, and more voter suppression than …

: Why This I’m finally getting around to (self) publishing the journal from my Southern Tier bicycle trip. If …

: Prologue - Sat Sept 14, 2019 “Once upon a time in a far-off kingdom there lay a small village at the edge of a wood…” San Diego …

: Southern Tier - Sun Sept 15, 2019 Day 1 San Diego California The Southern Tier Tour officially begins! The group met to discuss the …

: Southern Tier - Mon Sept 16, 2019 Day 2 San Diego California Today we rode out to the coast from the Hostel. Two and a half miles to …

: Southern Tier - Tue Sept 17, 2019 Day 3 Get out of San Diego day It’s 4:00am. I’m up. I can’t sleep any longer. There is something …

: Southern Tier - Wed Sept 18, 2019 Day 4 San Diego to Jacumba Hot Springs First things first, I need to start with a correction to …

: Southern Tier - Thur Sept 19, 2019 Day 5 Jacumba Hot Sprints to Brawley California The day started with a nice climb out of Jacumba Hot …

: Southern Tier - Fri Sept 20, 2019 Day 6 Brawley to somewhere near Arizona It’s Saturday morning, I was too tired to write about the …

: Southern Tier - Sat Sept 21, 2019 Day 7 California to Quartzite Arizona The day started with a flat 20 mile cruise through beautiful …

: Southern Tier - Sun Sept 22, 2019 Day 8 Quartzite Arizona to Salome Today seemed particularly hot. I had another flat tire, but this …

: Southern Tier - Mon Sept 23, 2019 Day 9 Salome to Wickenburg Arizona Today was without a doubt, the most eventful day of the journey …

: Southern Tier - Tue Sept 24, 2019 Day 10 Wickenburg to Tempe I thought today’s ride would be uneventful, in fact I was worried that I …

: Southern Tier - Wed Sept 25, 2019 Day 11 Rest day Today we are on our own to rest up and enjoy some of the local flavor of Phoenix. We …

: Southern Tier - Thu Sept 26, 2019 Day 12 Get out of Phoenix day Today we left Phoenix behind and are now putting New Mexico in our …

: Southern Tier - Fri Sept 27, 2019 Day 13 Today’s destination Tonto Basin Arizona I’m excited about today. The map shows us climbing …

: Southern Tier - Sat Sept 28, 2019 Day 14 No photos today. I haven’t found a solution for my broken cell phone. When I dropped the …

: Southern Tier - Sun Sept 29, 2019 Day 15 Globe Arizona to Safford Arizona (The Salsa Trail) The new tires are working great. Last …

: Southern Tier - Mon Sept 30, 2019 Day 16 Get out of Arizona day Today turned out to be the toughest day yet. The route took us into …

: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 1, 2019 Day 17 Lordsburg New Mexica to Silver City New Mexico Another grueling day. Climbing 4,000 feet was …

: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 2, 2019 Day 18 This is our rest day. It came at a perfect time. I was exhausted from the last four days of …

: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 3, 2019 Day 19 Silver City New Mexico to Membres New Mexico Today I had to make a difficult choice. Take the …

: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 4, 2019 Day 20 Membres to somewhere else in New Mexico 6:00am. Last night it rained and it was difficult to …

: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 5, 2019 Day 21 Somewhere in New Mexico to Las Cruces New Mexico Today we reached Las Cruces. Our route took …

: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 6, 2019 Day 22 Get out of New Mexico day 6:06am Today marks the 1/3 completion point of the tour. At the end …

: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 7, 2019 Day 23 West Texas Today we faced a steady head wind, it turned out we were only doing 55 miles, not …

: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 8, 2019 Day 24 West Texas Today we covered 75 miles. The first 40 were generally up hill. It was railroad …

: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 9, 2019 Day 25 West Texas Today we covered 75 miles. For me, it was the toughest day yet. I lost the …

: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 10, 2019 Day 26 A well deserved day of rest. I’ll be in Austin Texas in 10 days! Today we are at the El …

: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 11, 2019 Day 27 Texas is big The hot tub last night at El Cosmico was divine. It was wood fired and the …

: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 12, 2019 Day 28 Still in Texas Clouds came in last night! It’s going to be much more civilized today. I’m in …

: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 13, 2019 Day 29 Just assume from here on out that I’m in Texas Today was a rolling 60 mile day to Langtry. …

: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 14, 2019 Day 30 I feel like I got some good rest last nigh. We camped in the lot adjacent to the Community …

: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 15, 2019 Day 31 It’s Wednesday morning. I’m writing this post the next morning because I was in no shape last …

: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 16, 2019 Day 32 I had fun taking photos today. The day started out by passing the “Dam Store.” I had to have …

: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 17, 2019 Day 33 Lost Maples Recreation Area to Ingram Morning. I’m not expecting today’s ride to be as …

: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 18, 2019 Day 34 Ingram to Lady Bird Johnson Recreation Area (Fredericksburg) I suppose this is as good a time …

: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 19, 2019 Day 35 Lady Bird Johnson Recreation Area to Pedernales Falls State park I’m up early today, I can’t …

: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 20, 2019 Day 36 Pedernales Falls State park to Austin It has been several years since I have been to Austin. …

: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 21 Day 37 Austin Texas - Rest Day #1 Last night I went looking for a good hearty meal. I more-or-less …

: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 22, 2019 Day 38 Austin Texas - Rest Day #2 Today was a total down day. I slept in, tinkered around with my …

: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 23, 2019 Day 39 Austin Texas - Rest Day #3 I spent a good part of the morning hanging out at Mello Johnny’s …

: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 24, 2019 Day 40 Austin to Bastrop Morning. Along the way I acquired eight 50ml (small) bottles of various …

: Southern Tier - Fri Oct 25, 2019 Day 41 Bastrop to Carmine Morning A front moved in last night. The temperature has dropped …

: Southern Tier - Sat Oct 26, 2019 Day 42 Round Top to Navasota Morning The front that moved in 24 hours ago still seems to be …

: Southern Tier - Sun Oct 27, 2019 Day 43 Navasota to New Waverly I’m enjoying some Jim Beam in my tent and writing this post. Not the …

: Southern Tier - Mon Oct 28, 2019 Day 44 New Waverly to Shepard Today was a pleasant surprise. I intended to double-down and do two …

: Southern Tier - Tue Oct 29, 2019 Day 45 Shepard to Silsbee I was chased by a Texas storm all day. When I left Shepard, I looked over …

: Southern Tier - Wed Oct 30, 2019 Day 46 Silsbee Texas to DeRidder Louisiana Morning Brace for weather. I don’t usually look at my …

: Southern Tier - Thu Oct 31, 2019 Day 47 DeRidder to Mamou Morning Brace for weather, only this morning it’s cold. Currently overcast …

: Southern Tier - Fri Nov 1, 2019 Day 48 Mamou to Bunkie Since today is November 1, I could start counting the days to completion of …

: Southern Tier - Sat Nov 2, 2019 Day 49 Bunkie to New Roads Louisiana All things considered, a very good day. Still cold, but it is …

: Southern Tier - Sun Nov 3, 2019 Day 50 New Roads Louisiana to Jackson Louisiana Morning Last night at the restaurant where I was …

: Southern Tier - Mon Nov 4, 2019 Day 51 Jackson Louisiana to Franklinton Louisiana I’m now in what I am referring to as the “Hill …

: Southern Tier - Tue Nov 5, 2019 Day 52 Franklinton Louisiana to Poplarville Mississippi I’m pretty sure there is no such thing as a …

: Southern Tier - Wed Nov 6, 2019 Day 53 Poplarville Mississippi to Biloxi Mississippi “Climbing is akin to love. It’s hard to …

: Southern Tier - Thu Nov 7, 2019 Day 54 Biloxi Mississippi to Dauphin Island Alabama I’m sitting on the second floor deck of a …

: Southern Tier - Fri Nov 8, 2019 Day 55 Dauphin Island Alabama Morning It is windy here on Dauphin Island but the Weather App says …

: Southern Tier - Sat Nov 9, 2019 Day 56 Dauphin Island Alabama to Perdido Key Florida I caught the first ferry off Dauphin Island at …

: Southern Tier - Sun Nov 10, 2019 Day 57 Perdido Key to Pensacola What exactly are we seeking in life? For most I think the answer to …

: Southern Tier - Mon Nov 11, 2019 Day 58 Pensacola Florida to Fort Walton Beach Florida My day started at the bike shop where I was …

: Southern Tier - Tue Nov 12, 2019 Day 59 Fort Walton Beach Florida to DeFuniak Sprints Florida Morning The best laid plans aren’t …

: Southern Tier - Wed Nov 13, 2019 Day 60 DeFuniak Springs Florida to Marianna Florida Morning It’s 6am, it’s clear outside, only a …

: Southern Tier - Thu Nov 14, 2019 Day 61 Marianna Florida to Tallahassee Florida The Weather App (I still trust it, but I’m starting …

: Southern Tier - Fri Nov 15, 2019 Day 62 Tallahassee Florida Morning Good heavens. It’s the Ides of November already. Even though in …

: Southern Tier - Sat Nov 16, 2019 Day 63 Tallahassee Florida to Madison Florida The first 30 miles getting out of Tallahassee was one …

: Southern Tier - Sun Nov 17, 2019 Day 64 Madison Florida to Lake City Florida The day started with my Hallmark Channel friend driving …

: Southern Tier - Mon Nov 18, 2019 Day 65 Lake City Florida to Orange Park Florida Some mornings you start your day and you think …

: Southern Tier - Tue Nov 19, 2019 Day 66 Orange Park Florida to St. Augustine Florida Today was the final day of my journey to St. …

: Epilogue - Wed Nov 20, 2019 St. Augustine Florida This has been an epic journey. When you complete an accomplishment like this, …