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Florida Bugs
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Florida Bugs
June 28, 2016 0

Before I moved to Florida, my northern friends always told me they would never move to Florida because of the bugs. I moved down more than a decade ago, and while I’ve dealt with my share of critters, I never felt overwhelmed by them… until this year.

In the past, I’ve dealt with your average crazy ant infestation, fire ants in the yard, an occasional Palmetto bug (aka cockroach), run-of-the-mill spiders and even black widows (which generally stay out of your way).

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We need nature more than nature needs us
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We need nature more than nature needs us
May 28, 2016 0

How we benefit both economically and intrinsically from the presence of and our interactions with nature.

One of my favorite sounds in the whole wide world is the sound of bird calls. The bird call that makes me happiest of all is the call of the Barred Owl. When I lived up north, I would lay in bed and hear the Barred Owl. Try as I might, it was impossible to hear this call without a smile spreading across my lips.

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The stress of modern life
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The stress of modern life
May 28, 2016 0

How I got gastritis is no mystery. I’ve been a chronic headache suffering my whole life, and they’ve gotten worse since I turned 40. In fact, 2015 was the worst year on record for my headaches. In September of last year, I had 13 headaches days – almost half the month. These headaches don’t just annoy me; they often require me to stay in bed half or occasionally all of the day.

When you have chronic headaches,

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Podcast Episode 5: Mirela Setkic
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Podcast Episode 5: Mirela Setkic
May 9, 2016 0

In Episode 5, I sit down with Mirela Setkic. We didn’t realize when we got together that much of this podcast would be about Mirela’s experience as a refugee,

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A Meaningful Life
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A Meaningful Life
April 27, 2016 1

There are many different things that motivate people in their life. Whatever motivates you is what you will spend the most time and energy pursuing. Some people want to make money. Some people want to have a family. Some people want to advance in their career. Some people want to save money for retirement while foregoing immediate rewards.

I want to live a meaningful life.

There is nothing wrong with any of those other things.

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Human Connections
Strangers on the street
April 20, 2016 1

Tonight as I walked up the street in my neighborhood, I was stopped by a slight woman who said she wanted to ask me a question. She thanked me for stopping when she knew I was clearly on my way somewhere. She told me her name was Shannon and that she needed some Pampers. She said she had the rest of the money but only needed $5. I asked her if the corner store had Pampers and said I could go buy them,

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Minimalist problems
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Minimalist problems
April 13, 2016 0

I simply adore being a minimalist, but it was scary at first for an “always prepared” person like myself to realize that I don’t need to keep a ton of things “just in case.” When’s the last time you used wax paper? Or 20 extra towels? Or that tube of some anti-fungal medication your doctor prescribed to you 3 years ago? (Don’t get me wrong… I have a frighteningly comprehensive emergency kit in case the bottom drops out of the world,

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Podcast Episode 4: Debbie Trice
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Podcast Episode 4: Debbie Trice
April 6, 2016 0

In Episode 4 of Coffee With Strangers, I sit down with Debbie Trice from Sarasota, Florida. Debbie and I could not have grown up any differently.

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Owning a car after not owning a car
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Owning a car after not owning a car
March 29, 2016 0

As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since I’ve shared a post. A lot of things have changed in my life since then, not the least of which is owning a car. How did I come to own a car? Well, I’m going to tell you.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been self employed for the last 12 years. Being self employed can be amazing. It can also be terrifying,

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My new solar phone charger
Simple Living
My new solar phone charger
November 19, 2015 0

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m a planner. One of the things I like to plan for is an emergency. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hardcore prepper who has a year’s worth of dehydrated food. But I do like to have in my possession the things I might need if a hurricane came or there were an unexpected power outage, etc. Because everything in our world feels so convenient, I don’t think most people plan for emergencies anymore because they feel they can just grab a gallon of water on the way home from work and be ready.

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