I’m mulling over this new idea that I’m calling the Rule of Three. What it boils down to is that it’s almost impossible for me to focus on any more than three things at a time. The way I look at it, that’s work, writing, and whatever sidebar I might have going on at any […]

Of all the tasks I do to stay organized, scanning is one of the most time-consuming. It seems that items are continuously arriving in the mail that require scanning and electronic filing. I only keep paper copies of birth and marriage certificates, car titles, tax documents (for seven years), and the few other official documents. […]

America is like a wounded animal lying on the side of the road. A wild animal. But it’s not roadkill. It’s still alive even if it is on the brink. As they’re cruising down the road, the driver of an electric car sees the dying animal and pulls over. The driver of the EV wants […]

I created a budget, first, to find out where my money was going. And, second, so I could make plans for various kinds of savings. In the end, it took several months of watching where my money went to decide where I could restrict spending. My mortgage, for example, is non-negotiable. And I put down […]

The kind of rituals I’m talking about here are habitual activities I’ve created to make it through the week. I’m not exactly sure what this says about me, but right now, most of my rituals involve food. For a while, my wife and I had takeout from my favorite Mexican restaurant every Wednesday night. It […]

When it comes to bookmarks (and a few other things), I often find that less is more. The primary reason is that auto-fill has usurped its purpose. Typing the first letter of a website is always faster than mousing over to a bookmark. But I do use bookmarks, on occasion. And I have them broken […]

It took me a long time to get a handle on my inbox. I tolerated many things I wouldn’t stand for now. The reality is I may not have realized I could do anything about it. Or that decluttering my email would make checking my messages a much more pleasant experience. Now, on a fairly […]

You don’t need inspiration. Being creatively stimulated is… well, it’s necessary. But some people believe they should wait for inspiration before they begin writing. Inspiration needs to be stoked, prodded, and probed. It should not be your muse. Inspiration should be your therapist. Go to it for answers or, at least, for a sounding board. […]