Remote, Day 103 - Yes, And

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here. The days have been busy and undifferentiated. Except in the broader world. That continues to unfold in ways that I don’t fully understand. But then, how could I? I’ve never lived through a pandemic. I’ve never had an encounter with a police officer where I feared for my life. I’ve never lived in a large city where things like ‘national news’ really happened with any frequency. Read more...

Remote, Day 55 - Humility

Welcome to the Spring of 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic is less than six months along. The economic system is reeling. The US government has responded incorrectly in just about every way and called it a win. And because all that wasn’t enough, everything is political, there’s no room for nuance, and reality is whatever you want it to be. As usual, this will be one of those times where I advocate for understanding the different sides and attempting to solve the problem with pragmatism rather than ideology. Read more...

Remote, Day 47 - Resilience

In our economic system, the lower tier is frequently chastised for a lack of savings. You know the sort of lecture I’m talking about: It’s irresponsible to not be prepared for the unexpected. You should have six months to a year worth of expenses saved, so why don’t you. If you aren’t able to save for those emergencies, then you should go without or hustle more and figure out a way to put aside more money. Read more...

Remote, Day 33 - Traps

I’m going to point out some possible traps in our thinking. Not because I have a strong sense one way or another of what the truth is, but more in the hope that by being aware we can better reason our way through the questions. Each of the following paragraphs is a thread that outlines some of the traps we should be watching out for. Thinking the pandemic hasn’t been as dangerous as forecasted when it’s only because we responded the way we did that the impact was lessened. Read more...

Remote, Day Nineteen - To Do

To say that our lives have been disrupted in the last few months is an understatement. Many of the illusions of safety and security have been stripped away and we are left with a general unease and outright anxiety about where things are going. Our usual patterns of life have been impacted and some of us have felt that more than others. Even so, we’re all in this very historical maelstrom together and the way forward is the same for every one of us - focus on what you can control. Read more...

Remote, Day Twelve - Be Prepared

It is in times of security that the spirit should be preparing itself to deal with difficult times; while fortune is bestowing favors on it then is the time for it to be strengthened against her rebuffs. - Seneca Be prepared. It’s a simple principle. As life frequently teaches us, simple isn’t easy. I learned it at an early age thanks to time in the Boy Scouts and an upbringing that favored self-direction. Read more...

Remote, Day Five

So, how are you doing? I’m five days into my own personal attempts at self-isolation. Or as I like to call it, Friday. I can say that I’ve done more self-isolation than normal. I’m an introvert and a member of Gen X, so staying engaged while staying inside isn’t that big a deal in the scheme of things. I realize that the same cannot be said for most. I live in Tennessee so we haven’t seen quite the magnitude of impact as, say, Washington, California, or New York. Read more...

Stepping Back From Too Much

It’s now 2020. The beginning of a new year and, depending on how your definitions are set up, a new decade. It is my hope that this year and the years following, we’ll see that there are a lot of facets to our lives where patterns, trends, and forces have simply become too much. Too Much Transparency Democracy might die in darkness, but it will burn in the light of a thousand suns. Read more...

10 Texts of Money Advice

My 18-year old son asks open-ended, life advice questions via text message. These frequently do not have short answers. He recently asked if he should invest his entire life savings in the stock market. I advised against that and said we’d talk later because it’s better not to do long financial discussions via text. After further deliberation, I decided that maybe that wasn’t the case and set myself the challenge of composing ten pieces of money advice that would each fit in less than 140 characters. Read more...

On Active Inaction

We all have plans. Goals we want to accomplish. Things we need to do. There are times when our energy and motivation are low. In our heads we know what it is that needs doing, and yet that task, that work, seems too daunting. This is normal. Do something to make forward progress. Too tired for that full workout? Get up and get moving anyway. Have less time than necessary? Read more...