30 Animal Sanctuaries to Follow

The internet is a stressful place these days. Of course, you can completely filter out news about the rapid deterioration of democracy and human decency, but then you’re kind of sticking your head into the sand. Instead, I recommend that you read the news in moderation and make sure to pad your social/news feeds with happy animals in safe places, where kind people are rubbing their bellies. Continue reading 30 Animal Sanctuaries to Follow

Mapping What to Why

This is an adaptation of the ‘Ice Breaker’ speech that I’m giving in the Toastmasters group at work that I just joined. It’s kind of just me talking about me. The ‘Ice Breaker’ speech, and a personal blog are generally two places where that’s acceptable, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I like pictures. I like drawing pictures of people and creatures that I invent, but I also like using pictures understand abstract ideas, so today I’m going to explain what I do and why I do it with some pictures. Continue reading Mapping What to Why

Five Pickets a Day

tl;dr Get things done, one step at a time.

We live in a world of prolific information. That information includes wisdom and good advice. All we have to do is filter out the bad, but most of the time, even when we get to the good and relevant, we’re just not ready to hear it. We hear things selectively or we hear and then forget, not making the change or taking the action that would improve our situations. Yet, sometimes the weirdest things stick with us. Continue reading Five Pickets a Day

I Don’t Want to Be an Activist

It’s not that I don’t have hobbies. It’s not that I need a greater purpose. It’s not that I like conflict. Nor is it that I like to be different or that I don’t have other things to talk about. In my ideal world, this issue wouldn’t be an issue and I’d just be playing outside, enjoying the sunshine. Continue reading I Don’t Want to Be an Activist