Capstone or Cornerstone

I build digital things. Websites. eBooks. Blog posts.

The digital lifespan is short. I go back to blog posts I wrote a year ago and half of the links I included are now dead. A company website I poured my heart into 3 years ago is gone.

My brother is a mason. He builds fireplaces, outdoor ovens, and patios.

Sometimes I’m jealous of his job. Years later his work is still standing.

We...

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Mark Twain Did Not Tell You To Explore, Dream, or Discover

It’s passed around in countless Internet memes.

Downloadable as desktop wallpaper.

Posted in Instagram photos.

Found painted on cafe walls.

Posted on the back of north-bound RVs.

Stuck in the sidebars of travel blogs.

Spend a day or two researching travel and you’ll run across this quote from Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t...

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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - On YOUR Terms!

We tried so hard to fit in.

I drove off every morning to go sit in my high-end corporate office (my job was for the manufacturer of the office furniture, so it had to look awesome).

I spent my days there while MsBoyink was at home with two college degrees and two toddlers, wondering daily which pair she should devote her time to.

We were living the suburban formula.

We bought a small...

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How To Not Miss Out On Anything While Traveling

I took a risk with the title of this post. It’s almost clickbait. Let me set your expectations now—it’s impossible to see it all. Do it all. Experience it all. But we found a change of mindset helpful to prevent angst over “missing out”.

Our First Year

We were probably like most families fresh to the road.

We had big expectations.

Along with us in the RV was a wall map we had kept pinned...

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Entitlement

7:30 wake up, and a broken sprinkler that no one seems to have made a video on how to fix. ‘Merica.”

How do you expect me to make a living for my family if you don’t list our blog on your site?”

For a computer guy you seem pretty helpless.

I have the Allstays app but don’t like using it, so I’m looking for campground recommendations in _______

I made a mistake this week.

I started...

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Lessons for Suburbia Ditchers from the Movie “My Dinner With Andre”

My Dinner With Andre is a 1981 film starring Wallace Shawn (you know him as Fizzini from The Princess Bride) and Andre Gregory. As the title suggests, the film largely consists of the two men sharing a conversation over dinner. It’s a movie for thinkers. A number of the conversation topics struck home for me and are relevant to suburbia ditchers. I’ve pulled some of the conversations out and...

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