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Historiography, Life Simplification, Running, and Other Assorted Ramblings

Oct 21, 2010 | 3 Comments

Life has been rather hectic over the last few months.  The beginning of the school year marks an annual turning point in my routines.  Running and writing take a back seat to lesson planning and classroom management.  This year has been especially difficult as I am now teaching world history instead of my beloved psychology.

High school history, despite good intentions, lacks some intangible quality that relegates the subject to boring facts and figures.  The state curriculum offers little in the […]

Pareto Principle… Apply It Everywhere

Sep 30, 2010 | 2 Comments

This is one of the ideas from Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Work Week“.  The Pareto Principle is named after the originator, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto.  The idea is pretty simple… 80% of the outcomes flow from 20% of the causes.  Ferriss gives these as some examples:

80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers,
80% of your happiness comes from 20% of your activities,
80% of your problems come from 20% of your acquaintances, etc.

In the spirit of […]

Life Simplification… Funny How People Don’t Get It

Sep 28, 2010 | 4 Comments

Shelly and I have been on a quest for simplification.  It started quite some time ago, though we did not recognize it as such.  We had accumulated significant debt after having two of our three children.  We had just returned from vacation in the Dominican Republic (paid with credit cards). we came to the stark realization that we were living paycheck to paycheck.  We had no savings.  We had no retirement plan other than our state-run plan for […]