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The Plan

The pandemic has afforded Cat and I a lot of time to talk about where we want to to take our lives over the next 3-5 years. I'd like to share our plan with you, because I'm pretty excited about it. A couple of weeks ago we leased a storage unit on the west end of Medina. We are going through the things we don't need day-to-day and either get rid of them or pack them away. This is similar to the Minimalists' packing party, and this is the first chance I've had to try it. I'm looking forward…

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Circumference Reduction Program

I was up at 4am this morning to kick off my circumference reduction program. As I thought about working out and eating, I realized weight is not a thing I care about except in relationship to other measurements of my body. The biggest impact on my life is not my weight measurement, but my circumference. Out in the world most chairs and benches will hold me, but the width of things is an issue. And while I won’t have to worry about airline seats for a while (Thanks COVID!) Cat and I are talking about a tiny house purchase…

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Ghosts of Towns

When towns die, they become what they were before: nature I am fascinated when nature reclaims something mankind built. The more complex the structure, the more fascinating its decomposition. It takes time: nature is patient. But she is also quick, always looking for the opportunity to get past our walls and break down what we have tried to so hard to build. A week ago I took two days and visited ghost towns all over Ohio. Look at what happens when we stop denying nature her due.

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Cat and I got out for a nice walk at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens yesterday. It was a lovely day. Built between 1912 and 1915, Stan Hywet Hall is one of the finest examples of the American Country Estate movement, which flourished during the Industrial Age. Unlike European country houses created by generations of title and wealth, American Country Estates were built by the wealth of self-made industry giants. Vanderbilt’s Biltmore, Rockefeller’s Kykuit, and Hearst’s San Simeon, are well-known examples. England provided the inspiration for the Tudor revival Manor House and service buildings, and also prompted the name…

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Hello World #2

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all holding it together out there. Here's what's up in my world. Time to start today's meetings. Take care out there and stay safe!

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