Sushi
Sushi
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I think almost everyone has a food that takes them too a different place. When the flavor combination is so great, that it is transformative. Sometimes when I sit down for a meal, I get lost and suddenly in the experience until suddenly the meal is over. Sometimes food is just that good.

Think about the movie Ratatouille. In the climactic scene, the food critic is served ratatouille, a simple, provincial dish that some might call peasant food. The critic takes a bite and is transformed to his childhood. Coming home with a bloody knee. He sits to a lunch…


Just write
Just write
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There’s a lot of writing advice out there. I have given my fair share of it. Anybody who writes, has something to say to anybody else who writes. From “this is what I do,” to “you should do this,” type of advice.

Every writer has to start somewhere. And that somewhere, is usually not very good. That’s just reality. It takes a lot of work, criticism, and rejection to become a “good” writer, whatever that means. I guess a “good” writer is a writer with an audience, because after all, isn’t that the point? I say I don’t care if…


Listen more
Listen more
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My kids love this book, and honestly it might be my favorite book to read with them. I think we had to buy a new copy because we wore it out. It’s my favorite book to read with them, not because of the story or the illustrations, but because of the lesson it conveys.

The little boy in the book builds this really cool structure out of his building blocks. He stands back to look at it, but it gets knocked over. Devastated, he curls up on the floor, alone.

Various animals come by to talk to him, but he…


My Medium Stats
My Medium Stats
My Medium Stats

Data, statistics, and analytics are everywhere. They’re part of our everyday lives. They drive the things that are part of our daily lives. The data that drives analytics is the only way we can really track if our websites are on the rise or decline. Or on Medium, if our stories are being read.

Everyone looks at their Medium stats. Some of us, guilty, might look at them too much. My stats are generally low, so any additional data I can get is welcomed.

Like I said though, how else do we know if people are reading our stories? Maybe…


Love
Love
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You’re probably wondering who Rachel is. Truthfully, I’ve never met her. I was introduced to her on the first episode of Dude Dad’s new TV show, Super Dad. Sadly, none of us will ever have the chance to meet Rachel, because she died of cancer several years ago. Since then, her widower has raised their 3 kiddos as best he could on his own. By his own admission, that’s a trying feat. It’s inspiring to say the least.

So why “love like Rachel?” That has become her family’s mantra since she passed. Even in her darkest days when her cancer…


Together we create. Create. Creativity
Together we create. Create. Creativity
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Have you ever noticed that as you get older your tastes changed? Suddenly different foods that you never liked before are delicious and you find yourself more adventurous. The same goes for art and music. Your tastes change.

When I was younger, I hated country music. I don’t even know why. But then as I got older I started looking at more musical styles. I began to appreciate the technical aspects of bluegrass music and the influence it had on country. I grew up on blues music, and I started to realize that some country artists were influenced by blues…


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This morning, driving to work I saw someone using a squat rack in the back of their truck as a landscape equipment rack. Unorthodox, but definitely cheaper than a trailer. At first, I found myself thinking, “That’s not the way this works!” But then, I had to stop and admire the creativity.

See, we’re in some strange times and honestly, none of this is how it is supposed to work!

We’re in a place where we are having to get used to a new normal, whatever that may be. Many of us have lost our jobs. That’s a weird feeling…


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Today, I watched a video on LinkedIn. Seems ordinary enough right? The video showed a little boy wearing rain boots and a rain coat standing next to a muddy puddle, debating whether to jump in and splash around. Finally, he goes for it. He jumps in and kicks his feet and gets a huge smile on his face. As the camera pans over, we see his dad jumping in the muddy puddle next to him with matching rain boots, wearing the same huge smile on his face.

I love to see parents having fun playing with their kids. It reminds…


Looking Forward to 2021, Looking Back at 2020

Street lines, looking forward
Street lines, looking forward
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As I write this, I've just finished lunch with my family the day after Christmas. All of the excitement of the days leading to yesterday is starting to fade. But the joys of watching the kids play with their new toys will continue for at least a few more days. Days like today help me realize how lucky we really we are.

Even looking back on 2020, the crazy year that 2020 has been, my family has been very lucky. Nobody close to us has been significantly affected by the pandemic. Jobs…


I read a lot. I wouldn’t say I’m a prolific reader, but I do my share. When I’m not reading blogs or online articles, nothing beats the old familiarity of a book. A book is something tangible to hold and get close to you. I can get to know the characters and picture them in my mind. I think that’s what has always intrigued me about reading. Over the last 12 months, I have kept a chronicle of the books I have read through, both fiction and nonfiction.

reading list. display of books at an outdoor bookseller
reading list. display of books at an outdoor bookseller
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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly — Anthony Bourdain

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