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

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

Miles

This is my good friend, Miles. He’s got Japanese roots, but was actually born in Georgetown, KY. He was named after Miles Davis, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. Miles has visited each coast, been to Canada Continue reading Miles

Musing on Formal Education

  My wife and I attended her niece’s graduation from Grinnell College the other day. She’s a bright, charming, intelligent young woman who’s already been to China to teach English and is going back later this year for an 11-month Continue reading Musing on Formal Education

Take Two: Sometimes the Only Thing That Can Relax You is Music

Okay everyone, break time. It’s been a tough day, tough week, tough month maybe. (Tell me about it! I’ve been trying to get this post out for a day-and-a-half. Hoping this gets to everyone in it’s complete form.) You’re frazzled, Continue reading Take Two: Sometimes the Only Thing That Can Relax You is Music

Writing Milestones–One Large, One Small

Good news for most writers comes, rarely at best. So I was particularly pleased and grateful to achieve two noteworthy goals in the past few weeks. Not quite Champagne-worthy (I’ll save the Dom Perignon for when my first novel is Continue reading Writing Milestones–One Large, One Small

TSA vs Kwik Trip-The Intellectual Insanity of Institutionalizing Lousy Service

Recently I did two seemingly unrelated activities that sparked thought, analysis, and frustration. First, I flew to Phoenix and back. Second, I bought milk and bananas at my local convenience store. Spending hundreds of dollars on a plane ticket entitles Continue reading TSA vs Kwik Trip-The Intellectual Insanity of Institutionalizing Lousy Service

The Olympic Games: Just Another Made-for-TV Reality Show?

I get easily sidetracked watching the Olympic Games. To me, live sporting events are the original and best form of reality TV. The Masters Golf Tournament is the best of sports reality TV, but I’m a golfer, so I’m biased. Continue reading The Olympic Games: Just Another Made-for-TV Reality Show?