Florida Bugs

Florida Bugs

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 …

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We need nature more than nature needs us

We need nature more than nature needs us

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 …

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The stress of modern life

The stress of modern life

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 …

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Podcast Episode 5: Mirela Setkic

Podcast Episode 5: Mirela Setkic

http://www.urbanmayhemproject.com/audio/2015/Episode5-MirelaSetkic.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSSIn 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, fleeing the Bosnian war with her family at age 12. What a timely …

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A Meaningful Life

A Meaningful Life

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 …

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Strangers on the street

Strangers on the street

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 …

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Minimalist problems

Minimalist problems

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 …

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Podcast Episode 4: Debbie Trice

Podcast Episode 4: Debbie Trice

http://www.urbanmayhemproject.com/audio/2015/Episode4-DebbieTrice.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSSIn 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. She grew up in urban NYC, riding the subway alone at age 11. And I grew …

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Owning a car after not owning a car

Owning a car after not owning a car

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 …

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My new solar phone charger

My new solar phone charger

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 …

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