Getting Up in the Morning

Each day I get out of bed in almost the same way, dragging my butt. The ritual is the same most days. I get up, iron my clothes, shower, get dressed, pack my backpack and head out the door. Some days I make coffee, other days I buy coffee. The problem is that I go to bed too late on most nights. For me late is any time after 10pm. Each day is a struggle. I started to look at the tasks that I have each day and thought about making them simpler. For instance if I iron all my clothes on Sunday that is one less task I have to complete each morning. If I shower the night before there is another task gone. If I make my lunch the night before and setup the coffee maker then I am ahead of the game there too. Not to mention I save money on $2-3 coffee. All this makes sense, right? Well on paper it is great but what are the real reasons I am getting to bed late? Continue reading

Super Simple Kicks


I recently bought a pair of Converse sneakers. My first pair ever. Which is apparently some rite of passage, unbeknownst to me. I bought them because I needed a sneaker to exercise in, and I wanted a simple shoe at that. I had bought into the need for the super supported space-age Nike shoes in the past. Then as I got older I questioned the need for “good sneakers”. What made a good sneaker any
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Just Breathe

It had been hours since I last looked at my phone for much of anything. I had refrained all day from playing games and Youtube videos and other non-sense. When I arrived hone from work, the kids were playing and my wife was preparing dinner. The house was exceptionally clean too. The TV was off! There was not any stress or drama in the air. What was different?

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Not Today NSA

Free communication is something that we would not expect to be “good” or up to today’s standards. But is our standard too high? Do we expect to pay to communicate with each other? Well I did too, until now.

Anonymous, claims to have a way to do just that. According to a May article on the Register the group has started a project to marry ham radio with computers in effort to allow people to communicate wirelessly, using radio waves over long distances. OK, we’ve done that before. But not in an encrypted fashion and at a low cost.

The method of encryption is called the Lulzpacket. This could be a game changer and begs the question; why do we just accept the communication methods we are sold?

So let this be the first of many attempts for us to freely speak and not conform to the methods prescribed by our governments.

Stuff, Food, Space

Episode 1 shows us how we use our spaces. Toys have taken over many homes. We just keep buying stuff. Things that we intend to use, hope to use, but never use. Further more the stuff, the clutter causes us to feel stressed.
Episode 2 speaks to our compulsion to buy tons of prepackaged “food”. Over-purchasing items just to have them.
Episode 3 illustrates largely the use of the American kitchen, the bathroom and the “master” bedroom. Why do we have a master bedroom or suite as some may call it?


De-clutter your life and your mind

I have noticed that when I start thinking of something that gets me excited, I really think about it a lot. A lot of time can go into a topic. I start to think about how I can buy it, modify it and do a lot with it. This used to happen with electronics. I would read and research and then I would get the item and then I would read about how I could expand it or hack it. The same has happened with guitars, mobile phones, anything. I have allowed myself to become consumed. So I have decided that when I start giving a lot of mind-time to anyone thing, topic, or concept, it may be time to get rid of it. I own two electric guitars that I’ve had for about 20 years. I’ve not played them in about 7 years. But I still think about them and how awesome it will be when I get them fixed and start playing them again. The truth is that even if I was to spend the money to get them fixed, I’ll not have any more time to play them than I do the acoustic guitar I have and currently play. One guitar is enough. That’s all there is to it. One is enough. So later this week, those guitars are going to the consignment shop. I have not used them for a long time and instead of being held captive to the “what if” or “someday” thoughts, I am choosing to let them go. Not only will I have less stuff and less clutter, but I will no longer have two clutter magnets. The longer I keep them the more likely they are to attract stuff to go long with them. This is a freeing moment, a deliberate action. This is a part of learning to live with enough.

Taking Back My Simple Life

For years I’ve been chasing a tiny house dream. My wife has endured my many phases and stages of pseudo experiments and excitement as I learn more and more about living in a smaller space. I read a lot of blogs and watch a lot of videos about living smaller, living with less stuff and less money. Today as I sit cuddled up on the couch in the living room, in the New England summer heat with only a fan, some open windows and God’s wind to keep me cool. I feel peaceful. This is simple. This allows me to think about what I really want in this life. On this journey of five years so far we have made a lot of changes. We’ve had two children, put them in daycare as we both worked full time. We have taken them out of daycare and my wife now stays at home and educates our children. I still continue to work full time. And in the last year God has blessed us with a promotion at work that has brought in almost as much money as we lost when my wife quit her job in September of 2013. It has not been easy. But we are still in our home, and I am still looking for a more enjoyable living. I keep feeling as if the answer is within my grasp, but I just cannot see it. Continue reading

The Face of New Education

If you do not know what Common Core is, you are not alone. The reality is that many people do not know. Perhaps we were not meant to know, until it was too late. Common Core is a United States Federal initiative designed to set a national educational curriculum standard. On the surface that sounds like a noble and respectable effort. The problem is that the standard is in actuality, very low. It does not challenge the minds of the students to think. Rather, Common Core teaches our students what to think. Critical thinking is no longer required. Instead there are more steps required to achieve what Generation X learned to do in a few steps. And it is destroying our country. Common Core Math, as seen here, is an example of what is being taught to our children today. We are now asking less of our children. This hinders wonder and excitement to learn. We are creating a society of drones, worker bees. Think Metropolis/1984ish.
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Living With Less

Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if you could give up most of what you have and what you own and what you felt you needed to live each and every day? We all have a fear of losing security. For some of us that looks like only a few dollars in the bank, or perhaps living with only one car or perhaps not being able to dine out. What ever it looks like for you, consider that you are trapped by those “things” that provide you with security. Enjoy the playlist below of videos that showcase the stories of people who have made a change in their lives to live life on their terms.

The Joy of Less

Install youtube-dl and download these videos to your Linux computer with the following code: