"[My relationships were] like I was in these movies where the script was only half-written. When I’d get to the end of this half-script, the other actors wanted me to ad lib. But I had never gotten the hang of that. That’s why these movies were always box-office failures. Six of them in the past twenty years. I always blew the lines." ~ from my horrible first novel "Learn How To Pretend." (unpublished)(obviously)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Where things are at (despite ending a sentence with a preposition.)

Among the more common phrases written in a typical blog are "Well, it's been a while since I put anything down here..."
This is no different. It has been a while and I'm still not 100% on the direction I want to go. Or, better yet, I am fairly certain of that direction, I'm just not all that clear on when I will find the time.
That said, there's this: I'm in the midst of a pretty big change in life. It began a year ago yesterday when I said, "I'm sick and tired of being a fatass" and meant it and did something about it.
As of a year ago yesterday, I have dropped 34 lbs. I still have 30 lbs more to go to get to my goal of a weight that is healthy for my height and age.
The weight change, and what was involved in getting it to work, is part of a big life change -- or, what has the potential to be one.
I've got a few more weeks of teaching this semester and then I hope to devote some more time in getting down with this. I know that sounds like good intentions, and we all know what that stuff is used to pave.
In the meantime, this podcast will give a sense of some of the things I'm exploring these days, check out this episode of The Good Life Podcast.
Another one I always like to share is Urban Simplicity. Take a gander here. Some great stuff, IMO.
So, long story short, there have been some interesting changes in my life -- interesting not always meaning good -- that I'd like to talk about and share. Soon. Another couple of weeks and the semester ends and I'll have some time.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Good thinking


Quit Your Job!

Hey, go on over to evolvify.com and check out this article. Once again, something I've been thinking on a struggling with thanks to folks like Andrew Badenoch and Angelo Coppola (at latestinpaleo.com)

Quit Your Job: The Labor day Edition

Depression is a disease of civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxEmory

Similar in sense to the Richard Manning video, Stephen Ilardi puts the blame where it belongs.

Richard Manning on the Cage of Civilization

Thanks to Andrew Badenoch over at Evolvify for the connection to this. Richard Manning is hitting on some ideas that I have come to feel very strongly about recently. I'm eager to read his books.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rick's Camper rebuild

The camper is coming along great! Check out the progress and photos over at my How Hard Can It Be? Blog.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Rebuilding A "Wee Hoosie."

Yeah, it's been a while since I've been here. Lots happening in my life.
Here's the most recent event....

My wife and I bought this 50's vintage travel-trailer and are in the process of renovating it. Actually, as of today, all there is is a bare trailer frame. The rest has been stripped down :-)
You can check out the whole story and the progress over at one of my other blogs: How Hard Can It Be" Rebuilding a "Wee Hoosie."

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Contract and Service-Free Texting Abilities?

Check out this article at Off-Grid.net about a fairly new app called Firechat it works -albeit in a limited fashion - even if there is no service.

It's a fascinating concept with a wide variety of uses.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Taos truck

From an original photo I took and then played with just a slosh.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Living off the grid

He lives in a tree, doesn't wear shoes, and brushes his teeth with a pinecone

Meet the fame-shunning man behind National Geographic's 'The Legend of Mick Dodge.' 
Interesting story over at Mother Nature Network.
He's also the subject of a National Geographic series titled The Legend of Mick Dodge
Also a related piece at The Earthgym

Friday, November 01, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mood track

Because I can, that's why.

Got married!

Seven years after we met and a little over a year after we'd broken up, Danika and I got married this past Saturday. 😃

Monday, October 14, 2013

Togetherness Mantra

We'll be chanting this at the end of our marriage ceremony.

Oh, and Jenny Walton Dominique, the chanter in this video (and our close friend and yoga instructor, will be our officiant.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Getting married in less than a week.

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.

 ~ Rumi

After seven years (minus 7 or 8 months hiatus last year) of common-law living, Danika and I are making it official and getting married next weekend. The past year has been a struggle, but coming back together has helped us to see that the time apart was needed to see what we loved about each other. It sure as hell isn't some fairy tale wedding, but it's what's right -- where we belong.

And I Quote: Rumi

"Dance, when you're broken open
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off
Dance in the middle of the fighting
Dance in your blood
Dance, when you're perfectly free"
~Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Monday, September 09, 2013

Saturday, September 07, 2013