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Triple Whammy Sixth Anniversary

Not long ago, this twisted, melted piece of plastic was a pulley. A simple, little thing; just a pulley. A simple, little thing broke. In the vast possibilities of bad luck, it broke in one of the best ways, though … Continue reading

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Merritt Lake Revisited

Ah, hiking. Let me count the bug bites. It’s July, the season when Washington State’s high country begins to melt away uncovering meadows of wildflowers, clear vistas of higher snow-topped mountains, and swarms of mosquitoes that get busy perpetuating the … Continue reading

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Frugal Resilience

Have you ever skied over a forest? This is the time for cards with the requisite snow-draped branches, winter scenes as tradition as if everyone lived in the same climate. Let me check. Jerusalem’s forecast is for about 60F/15C. Not … Continue reading

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Barclay Lake Revisited

The loudest noise was a minnow jumping. That’s when I knew I was in the right place. Life has been hectic, lately. Sound familiar? My schedule almost lined up with the weather. Postpone a meeting or two as the last … Continue reading

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Almost A Day Off

Pardon me as I type a few words and then step aside to mix a drink. – OK. I almost took today off. Grand plans. Gods laughing. You probably know how it is. I recently resolved to take at least … Continue reading

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Balancing Hiking Costs And Benefits

Knees. My body is reminding me that I have two of them, they aren’t happy, and I shouldn’t be surprised. I have a confession to make. It has been about a year since my last backpacking trip. Please forgive me. … Continue reading

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Friendly Good News – October 2015

There’s more good news than I can write about. Discretion has its drawbacks. I have been heartened by the news shared by friends: new jobs, significant clients, unexpected opportunities, products that finally the market in a big way. The wave … Continue reading

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The Frugality Of Hiking

I may not have much money, but at least I have a long list of frugal activities – until I added up the costs. The best things in life are free, and enjoying nature sounds like it should be one … Continue reading

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Small Powerful Things

A cough and a sneeze collided, got lost, and now I have the hiccups. This is so distracting. It’s a little thing, but somewhere in my body is a bubble or a tiny twitching muscle that is making itself noisily … Continue reading

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Insurance Maintenance And Repair

It costs less to live healthily than it does to pay for health insurance. Unfortunately, health insurance is required. Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t. A healthy lifestyle drops in priority because of financial pragmatism. Insurance, which can be a good … Continue reading

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