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Bad Numbers, Hard News

Filed in Goals, Personal by on July 26, 2014 2 Comments
Bad Numbers, Hard News

For eight weeks now, I’ve eaten a vegan diet. No animal protein, but plenty of protein from vegetables, beans, and other sources. Fewer carbs, but the carbs I have eaten have been whole-grain. I’ve allowed myself one small fried veggie per week and one small vegan dessert per week. I’ve not had a single drop of alcohol. […]

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The Reluctant Vegan

Filed in Food, Vegan by on July 23, 2014 4 Comments
The Reluctant Vegan

So, I’m vegan. Again. For those who don’t know, vegans don’t eat animal protein. More plainly: we don’t eat meat, or animal products of any kind (including eggs or dairy). Some people are vegan because of their compassion for animals. (I like animals, too — particularly certain parts of them, particularly when fried.) But in […]

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Emirates’ First-Class Experience Makes Business on Delta Sound Like Torture

Filed in Travel by on July 15, 2014 0 Comments
Emirates’ First-Class Experience Makes Business on Delta Sound Like Torture

The first-class cabin comprises 14 suites that are equipped with sliding doors for complete privacy as well as a vanity table, personal mini-bar, wardrobe, desk, 23-inch television screen, and what is effectively an armchair that converts into a bed. And if you want to take a shower at 40,000 feet, there are two of those […]

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The Text of A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings Belongs to You!

Filed in Tarot by on July 6, 2014 0 Comments
The Text of A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings Belongs to You!

I’ve written a detailed, comprehensive book called A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings. But here’s the real news: I’ve released the text of this book into the public domain, so it’s free for anyone to use in any way. You can integrate the content into iOS and Android apps, your own books, or your own […]

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Biscuits and Jam (Farmer’s Market, New Albany, MS)

Filed in Food by on June 14, 2014 0 Comments
Biscuits and Jam (Farmer’s Market, New Albany, MS)

You know you’re in the right local market when you’re greeted by “Good morning, y’all,” a free hot biscuit with Sugaree’s strawberry jam, strong coffee, and a pamphlet for a local church. We found arts and crafts galore. We also found grilled cheese sandwiches with mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, and fresh pesto — but didn’t […]

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Good Reasons to Go Back to Taking Notes by Hand

Filed in Gadgets, Solutions by on June 5, 2014 0 Comments
Good Reasons to Go Back to Taking Notes by Hand

I’ve got a reputation as a digital guy. My iPad is always close at hand. I manage projects with hideous efficiency using Asana.com. I leverage services like TripAdvisor.com to plan magical vacations, and then use Apple Maps and Google Maps to navigate unfamiliar territory like a local. My desk at work is never littered with […]

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Top 30 Pics from Europe

Filed in Photos, Travel by on May 27, 2014 2 Comments
Top 30 Pics from Europe

Interested in a virtual vacation to Europe, including stops in Spain, Gibraltar, France, Portugal, Belgium, and the Netherlands? Click here to see a Flickr.com slideshow of the top 30 images from our latest trip there. Enjoy!

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Magical Places: Bilbao and the Basque Region

Filed in Travel by on May 23, 2014 3 Comments
Magical Places: Bilbao and the Basque Region

For me, our day in Getxo and Bilbao is the most magical of the entire trip. The ship docks in Getxo (say “GAT-cho”), where huge stone mansions line the waterfront. There are walls or gates around them, no security posts, no loops of razor wire, no mounted cameras. Our (excellent) guide, Mikel, points this out with pride. […]

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Left Behind

Filed in Travel, Uncategorized by on May 18, 2014 1 Comment
Left Behind

In Lisbon, at the port, is a ship – our ship, the MS Prinsendam. In minutes, it is scheduled to set sail for Bilbao, Spain. It sounds its horn: one long, strong, mournful blast: a signal to parties still on shore that the ship is preparing to depart. The ship’s captain makes an announcement: a […]

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The Castle No One Ever Visits (Bilbao)

Filed in Travel by on May 17, 2014 0 Comments
The Castle No One Ever Visits (Bilbao)

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