• When I lived on the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean, instead of saying, "I live on shore road" (which could be anywhere on the island), we spoke about places by Plantation name. There was Little Princess, and Estate Whim, and Mary's Fancy, and Sion Farm. Other places were called things like Estate Love, Estate Profit, Estates Hope, Envy, Prosperity, and even Jealousy. There was Longford, and Munster, and Tipperary (guess where those owners came from!). We lived in Cotton Valley. But one name used to stick in my head all the time: Estate Work and Rest. This week, I told my trainer about [...]

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    I told my trainer this week that I learned a new word in Dutch. Proberen. To try. "Forget it," he said. "It's useless. It means nothing. What does it mean to try? You either do it or you don't." So I said, "Who are you? The Dutch Yoda?" I wrote a week or so ago that I was having stamina problems and also problems just getting started. My trainer gave me a good piece of advice (and sounded like a Nike ad). He said, "Don't wait for Monday or the 1st of the month. Don't wait for tomorrow. Just start. Now. This minute. Don't worry that you didn't do it yesterday. Don't remember that you used to[...]

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    Concerning Stamina

    This week, I've been thinking a lot about stamina. As you know if you've been following me for very long, one of the most aggravating symptoms of my UC is a lack of stamina. A lack of energy or stamina is what stops me from doing a lot of things that I'd like to be doing. It's very frustrating. Any plan I make can be foiled by the onset of this symptom, which seems to happen randomly. Sometimes it lasts a couple of hours. Sometimes it lasts all day. Sleeping more or eating right doesn't affect it at all. My lack of stamina is one of the reasons I've decided to embark on an [...]

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    If You Build It, They Will Not Come

    Has This Ever Happened to You? I've seen it a million times. Someone makes a thing. Then they decide they want to share this thing with other people. So they start a business to sell the thing. But that's all they do. A few months later, they announce, "My business didn't work. Oh well." News flash: you didn't start a business. You made a thing. If you don't tell people about your thing, they aren't going to magically know about it and come find you. Yes, the internet and social media have made marketing a piece of cake. But you still have to DO SOMETHING. That [...]

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    It Ain't Luck

    Before we get into today's post, I just wanted to express my incredulity that I received no comments on last week's post. The incident I related in that post came as such a surprise to me, personally, that I was sure I'd get at least a couple people saying, "Go for it!" or at least, "Wow." But no. Nothing. No comments at all, anywhere, on any medium. I can see through analytics that my posts are getting read. But it's hard to keep posting when you aren't hearing back from people. So please, if you enjoy these posts, take a moment to comment. Doesn't have to be long or profound. Just a [...]

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    The First Post

    So here we are.  A new blog.  A new post on a new blog.   You might be asking yourself why I need a new blog.  I mean, isn't ReconstructingHistory.com enough?  Well, I've been doing a lot of things that are only peripherally related to Reconstructing History and I wanted to have a place to talk about them. 2019 is going to be a big year.  We've moved ourselves and the business to the EU.  Part of what I'll be talking about is learning to live in a different country, speak a new language, and get along with the neighbours. A rather large topic [...]

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