In the summer of 2004, we took a road trip to a family reunion/camping trip. Most of my family is clustered along the shore of western Michigan. Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Massive clouds over the lake. The stained glass window at the church my great-grandfather helped build. The barn at one of my … [Read more...] about Destinations: Western Michigan
With the amount of data being generated in our lives daily, it's easy to let things get out of hand. At one point, I had over 4,000 articles in my "read later" list. I also had over 20,000 digital photographs sitting on my hard drive, with more added every week. Digital information has a habit of piling up. Data is not physical, so you don't see how much digital … [Read more...] about Ideas: 80/20 Ruling Your Digital Life
Back in 2002 my family took a tour throughout the island of Taiwan, except for the mountainous eastern coast where the roads suffered earthquake damage. A tea farm Buddhist warrior god Paiwan aborigines Oyster farmer An old cannon at a former Portuguese fort Where the tea leaves are roasted on a tea farm The famous queen's head at Yehliu Teapot … [Read more...] about Destination: Taiwan
The AmateurAmateurs work purely out of passion. They do things because they feel like it. When they don't feel like it, they don't do it. Amateurs don't get paid for doing their work. That is because customers pay for timely goods, services, and information. Customers will not buy something from an Amateur with no timetable for delivery. They will not put down money so they … [Read more...] about Are You an Amateur, Professional, or Both?
Like millions of other Americans, I am a homeowner with a mortgage and a family. I work to support my family and pay my mortgage. In fact, my two biggest expenses are in maintaining my home (mortgage, utilities, maintenance, etc.) and childcare for my three kids (preschool, babysitters, activities, etc.). With all these expenses, I'm starting to wonder if this kind … [Read more...] about Should You Own a House?