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Thoughts on Travel, Career, Spiritual Matters and Other Stuff

The Drone

For the past month, I have been obsessing about owning a drone. The appeal of drone ownership is tied to flying and photography. Through my vast research on YouTube, I have seen some awesome videos made with drones. I have… Continue Reading →


There are plenty of serious, disturbing events so far in 2020. One fallout from the COVID19 pandemic is a lack of distractions—specifically, a lack of live sporting events. I have tried several solutions to satisfy my desire to watch sporting… Continue Reading →

A Long Time Ago In a Galaxy Far Away

It was 43 years ago this week when my view of movies changed forever. This was the year Star Wars was first released. I recall waiting in line at the Galleria Theater in Houston for my first viewing. I was… Continue Reading →

Working From Home

The idea of working from home is not new, but the concept has received much more attention and participation during the COVID-19 pandemic. I recall when this idea first began with Friday being the usual day to work from home…. Continue Reading →

Lend a Helping Hand

I have not posted on this blog in a while. You might think that during these strange times, it would be a target-rich environment for writing topics. True, there are plenty of high-flying subjects in the news and our lives…. Continue Reading →

The End of Innocence

I love a happy ending to a story. Maybe the cowboy rides off into the sunset, or they live happily ever after. As much as I like these types of endings, they do not represent real life. You might be… Continue Reading →

Act 2 – The Transition

We now arrive at my 3rd entry on the subject of early retirement. To date, we have discussed the required planning and preparation necessary to not only retire early but to retire anytime. When buying a big-ticket item, I have… Continue Reading →


I have decided to take a short break from my recent retirement blog entries. As the holidays approach, I have been reflecting on memories of Christmas’ past. While I don’t appreciate most things about getting older, I treasure collecting memories…. Continue Reading →

Act 2 – Preparing for Early Retirement

This my second blog entry about early retirement. In the first installment, I discussed the importance of saving and limiting debt. What do I mean by early retirement? The classic definition is retiring from work before a statutory age. Implied… Continue Reading →

Act 2 – Limit Debt, Save Money

In my last blog, I indicated an upcoming article on my recent trip to the Great Smokey Mountains. I have decided to belay this article for now as I have other stuff on my mind. I am six years into… Continue Reading →

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