Musings on “The Internet of Things”

We Neo Renaissance folk are contemplative by nature. The Intellectual Pillar of a Neo Ren life is perhaps the most important of the Four Pillars because if we stop thinking, we stop learning, stop understanding, stop progressing,. So I was Continue reading Musings on “The Internet of Things”

My Favorite Book of 2014 (and 2013 and 2012)

(for my wife, a huge Paul Newman fan) One of my jobs as a writer is to read. A lot. I’ve set a goal in the past few years of reading at least one book per week (audio books count) Continue reading My Favorite Book of 2014 (and 2013 and 2012)

Learning from Success with NaNoWriMo

Three years in a row! Hooray for me. Okay, enough celebrating. As a Neo-Renaissance man, I’m all about learning from life’s experiences, good and bad, successes and failures. The old saying is, “You learn more from failure than success.” But Continue reading Learning from Success with NaNoWriMo

Neo Renaissance Means Occasionally Leaving One’s Comfort Zone

(Forgot to claim my 2013 award.) *blush* Not much time to  post since I’m in the middle of my third writing marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or NNWM. http://nanowrimo.org/ I signed up to participate (Free, by the Continue reading Neo Renaissance Means Occasionally Leaving One’s Comfort Zone

Traveling the World Within Your Hometown

A few days ago, I attended a volunteer appreciation dinner for my favorite charity of all time, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. I’ve been a Big for almost 14 years, and had an active match with a terrific Continue reading Traveling the World Within Your Hometown

The Key to a Successful Neo Renaissance Life

Renaissance people, or Polymaths, or whatever you call us, are skilled and/or knowledgeable in many areas.  We believe in lifelong learning, and are driven to excel in more than one area. But the core secret or fundamental trait of a Continue reading The Key to a Successful Neo Renaissance Life

An end of the month Zen moment

One of the great singers and arrangers of his generation. Awesome originality no matter what genre of music. So it’s mostly hymns. No biggie. This one is his latest. Take five minutes, get a coffee or tea, sit back and Continue reading An end of the month Zen moment

What’s the Best Food Movie Ever Made?

*Spoiler Alert* If you don’t want to know the basic story of The Hundred-Foot Journey and how it ends, skip everything before the YouTube trailer. My wife and I recently viewed The Hundred-Foot Journey, a movie about an Indian family Continue reading What’s the Best Food Movie Ever Made?

Four Reasons I’m Scaling Back on Social Media

When it comes to working in the internet age, do you ever feel like this? Trying to be an expert in several different areas. Or do you ever feel like this? Trying to do everything at once and keep pace. Continue reading Four Reasons I’m Scaling Back on Social Media

Neo Renaissance means manual skills too

Imagine the impossible happening: Terrorists blow up the entire electrical grid and send the USA into cyber-darkness, not to mention actual darkness along with no air conditioning, no refrigeration, no instant communication via cell phones.  And say this destroyed electrical Continue reading Neo Renaissance means manual skills too