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Celebrating Milestones

Hello, loyal followers, When I started this blog six (!) years ago, I did so because all the writing experts at the time claimed that having a blog was necessary for writing success. The world of platform-building was largely unexplored at the time, but most experts agreed that participating in social media was the most …

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Getting Old Sucks, Yet I’m Grateful

I’ll be 60 in two months and Thanksgiving has given me pause to consider what I’m thankful for, so here goes. Getting old sucks. Plain and simple. Especially for those of us fortunate enough to have enjoyed excellent health for most of our lives. I’ve never contracted a serious or chronic disease. Never been in …

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getting out of one’s comfort zone

As a Neo-Renaissance guy, I believe that we learn the most by doing activities that challenge us to take risk, expand out experiences, put stress on us either mentally or physically, and in general, take us out of our comfort zone. Two of my favorite activities involve deliberately leaving my comfort zones. One is solo …

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Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Just have to rave more about Sam Robson. Here’s his latest. It’s a stunner. Very symphonic. He brilliantly combines dozens of tracks to create a superlative performance of a movie and Broadway classic. Enjoy. By the way, this hits me on all four cornerstones of a Neo-Renaissance life. Emotional- I often get teary-eyed when I …

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A Season of Loss

It’s been a season of loss for me in December and January. My mother-in-law, my brother’s father-in-law, and a good golf buddy of mine all passed away in the past six weeks. They were all loved by many and will be missed. Each one was a down to earth good person. Not flashy or famous …

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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 grid is permanent in terms of years before it is repaired and life returns to …

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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 several times, and almost been to Mexico. He’s traveled nearly the equivalent of a one-way …

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Music, Jazz, and Improvisation

Music satisfies three cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance (Neo Ren) life: Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual. Performing music can often satisfy the fourth cornerstone, Physical. Ever see a fat rock-and-roll drummer? Ever check the lung capacity and endurance of a lead trumpeter for a big-band jazz ensemble? Ever gone to a nightclub, watched and listened to …

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A Health Issue all Neo-Renaissancers Should Know About (Updated)

One of the four cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance (NR) life is Physical. A sub heading of that is Health,  the most important aspects of physical well-being. If you’re not healthy, you can’t successfully achieve balance in the other three NR cornerstones: Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual. Eating well is the foundation for good health. Garbage in, …

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