Erik

March 17, 2022

A Benefit of Solitude According to Nikola Tesla

“In continuous solitude, the mind becomes sharper. In order to think and invent, you do not need a large laboratory. Ideas are born in the absence of influence on the mind of external conditions. The secret of ingenuity in solitude. Alone, ideas are born. ”
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March 1, 2022

Accountability & Responsibility

Only a year out of college in 2011 I had recently taken over the kitchen tools and gadgets inventory management role at Target. It was a tricky job with over 600 SKUs/items but I thought I was up to it. For a few months it seemed like I was. But I was also learning to say things so people thought I was doing a good job without doing th...
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January 23, 2022

Tidying up; new phase

It feels like we're entering a new phase with covid narratives imploding. Met with a few people around my area and can confirm the mainline story's weakness is being understood. Will we be able to translate that momentum into changes to our election process? Started a Gab account today. Feel free to check it out here. Also tidied up (o...
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December 16, 2021

Are We Invested Enough in Our Children's Future? - Public Hearing Today, Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission

Stories like this one, which reveal a producer from a well known international media company "fantasizing about molesting his fiancés daughter," rightfully make most people recoil in disgust. It may pain one to hear that Bonanni, herself a victim at age 13, brought evidence to the Washington TWP Police Department in South Jersey and th...
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December 15, 2021

Germinating Seeds

Research and writing and seeking truth in 2021 has been humbling and has opened many doors. This year brought the opportunity to coauthor three books and work on two others. Playing the role of title workshopper for more than 45 authors was also a window into the world's transition toward speaking up. Friends and acquaintances have sou...
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April 9, 2021

Easter weekend, family time

Was lovely, with family visiting and spending time with nephews, they grow up so fast, dont want to leave our side! Each visit is a blessing. We worked in the yard a bit after I returned from pickup soccer with my brother and friend. Glad he's back in town. Thankful the family was eager to work in the yard. After grilling steaks and fi...
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March 28, 2021

1 week till Easter

Today we walked to retreive our car from a friend's house, a good stroll lakeside and through neighborhoods and dropped in like Seinfeld's friends. Planning for Spring. Now going for dinner at local restaurant. Easter at this week's end. The start and renewal for many.
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March 25, 2021

Imposter Syndrome

Saw this on LinkedIn today: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/liz-willits_3-reasons-you-struggle-with-imposter-syndrome-activity-6780835383459549185-RMJS 3 reasons you struggle with imposter syndrome: 1. You're human. It's normal. 2. You're human. It's normal. 3. You're human. It's normal. Don't let the imposter syndrome get you down. Eve...
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March 19, 2021

Help me be healthier? (I can't read ingredient labels)

Do you know anything about this??? I take zero medication, no supplements, only protein powder in smoothies (bought from shelf at Target). I'm 33 and haven't gone to doctor in 2 years for any reason (maybe I should go for standard checkup)... have good bloodwork, but that's only basic, not fully detailed. I get good sleep, exercise (fo...
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March 19, 2021

Deschooling Society

Deschooling Society, written by Ivan Illych in the 1970s, still so good today: 1) what are schools for? 2) why should we assume kids should be in them? ... and several more foundational questions. https://archive.org/details/DeschoolingSociety
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March 14, 2021

Back in the mainland

Took the late night from Maui Saturday overnight to Sunday LAX. Liz had lounge access so we could nap and get quality food. We hopped on a full bumpy flight to O'Hare. Quick turn now to Mpls. Thankful we live close to the airport, short taxi home before back to routine Monday. A good trip to Maui!
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March 13, 2021

Weaving Conversations, Last day in Maui

The telephone rang this morning with an alert for more flash flooding possible today in Maui. It has apparently been one of the rainiest weeks in about 40 years... claims like this are hard to substantiate. The rain hasn't bothered us too much. The rain and fog at the crater summit prevented us from seeing in, and we had to adjust our ...
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March 11, 2021

Road to Hana, Day 5

Completed! Falls, beaches, rainforest, cliff driving. Rain, sun, mist. Adventure and magic. Here's a cave with surf entering. Went all the way round the east and south sides of Hale as well for a beautiful sunset drive.
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March 10, 2021

View at Brunch, Maui Day 4

Looking west, can see water on south and north sides of the valley connecting the two volcanoes.
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March 9, 2021

The path to Haleakala

Day 4 began with coffee and a chat with host Valerie seaside. The water was brown, tossed by the previous day's storm like the pizza dough currently being prepared as we make our ascent to the crater, and Kula Lodge. The tropical garden is peaceful, a chance to breathe humid mountain air, the pitter patter of sprinkles on the pagoda ro...
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March 9, 2021

Maui Monday (Full trip update, Day 3)

Day 0, arrive late, chat with hosts Valerie and Craig, Liz unamused, time for bed, Erik enjoys shower (great shower) after 3 flights from Msp-Sea-Lax-Ogg. Day 1, Coffee on deck and intimate chairs waterfront, learn lay of land from Valerie (paddleboard not available, doesn't hurt to ask). Nearby beach is walkable, red rocks, surfers th...
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March 9, 2021

Maui Monday

Yesterday after Baby Beach and Baldwin and Iao needle... We drove the northwest mountains, Tested our nerves and driving ability. Sometimes one lane without shoulder. Occasionally back up to let others through. Team sport. At one of the overlooks we met our friends from the day prior (Day 1), and they suggested driving counter clockwis...
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March 7, 2021

Mid-day snack

West of Paia is a reef pool at Baby beach. Swam there. A gentle current not unlike a training pool, Protected from waves, only a few spill over. And the view: Beyond the nearby rocks, Past waves breaking, The eastern hills of the west crater; A four propeller plane banks southward, Against the clouds, Which hover about the unseen upper...
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March 7, 2021

Day 2, Maui (morning plan)

Breakfast and coffee. Light westerly breeze, sunny, some clouds. Next: Go for a swim. (Surfers already out there.) Pack the jeep. Explore.
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March 7, 2021

Where the wild winds are

Rugged northside beaches, Cliffs to watch kites dance Lifting their catch, Mere mortals Trapped in time But defying it By accepting a humble approach To wind, water, wave. We lick our salty lips And rub salt between our hands (bought from inland ranch) We ask the snorkelers braving strong rip tides what they saw--trigger fish, unicorn,...
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March 6, 2021

Paia plenty

Rumble of waves, Tumble me along Lanes of time, Are these glimpses Of the past, Or memories of the future, Or things that cannot be saved, Like the perfectly imperfect Performance of a song. We settle in, Plenty right here, In Paia. On the first morning. A chat with a windsurfer photographer, As we watch the water, Locals skim along th...
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March 4, 2021

If I had but one wish

If I like Solomon, Had but one wish, It would be to start, And what I start, finish.
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