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2018 Hiking gear list

This post is about the gear I’ve settled on for 2018 and the hike in September. As I’ve written about earlier, I’m learning as I go but that’s half the fun. It’s also about “daring greatly,” a book my friend Stephanie steered me toward when

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Tools for dealing with anxiety

[This post is an adaptation from a response I left for a much younger man in his early 30’s who experienced a heart attack recently. Having dealt with anxiety for the past three years, I thought it worthwhile folding this

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Gratitude for the now

I wrote a lot about gratitude in 2016. This is the same topic that came up earlier this year as far as jotting down few notes every day toward recording the things for which we feel grateful. I took that

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Experiment with a hammock

So I set out to try hammock camping two weekends ago. The thing about this is that I’ve been watching some You Tubers channels to learn more about living outdoors for a few days at a stretch. While I made

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Dodging dietary bullets while outdoors

Hiking and camping require a person to rethink how they make food. Especially when you have heart disease. This post is part of a larger series chronicling my journey to the Olympic Mountains coming up at the end of this

Posted in food, outdoors

Pizza for a stranger… & a personal lesson in dignity

I often times take lunch instead of giving up that time slot for yet more meetings. I know, it’s shocking to some, but it’s part of managing my stress level while keeping balance in a fast-paced environment. Today is one

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Going back outdoors

Once upon a time, there was a rural boy who loved the outdoors… and urban life full of museums, cafes, and people of all colors, classes and Nationalities. Fast forward decades later across a couple careers, a heart attack and

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On being a digital immigrant & choices

I parted ways with Instagram, FaceBook, and Twitter two months ago. An interesting set of changes happened after that. “We are all digital immigrants. While the younger generations are true natives.” This is something that I heard last week in

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A walk with a friend

Running races was, momentarily, my measure of truth. My way of keeping time to the beat of cardiac health. It was… absolutely wonderful and I don’t regret a single race no matter how humiliating, or great, the outcome was. For

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Ringing bells

Yeah, I don’t do New Years Resolutions but I have a habit of listening, and reviewing, the lessons of the previous year and looking at my life compass and setting a direction for the new year. Over the past month,

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