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Apple leads the way with non-negotiable wireless technology built into more and more of its products. Wireless charging, Bluetooth headsets, wifi file sharing, streaming everything from “The Cloud.”

As the innovator and tech brand people can’t seem to live without, Apple has continually set new standards before the market was ready to adopt. But Apple doesn’t care. Apple tells you what you want and what you need.

Remove DVD drives to make space, reduce hard drive storage space, and promote a new Cloud-based system for accessing data.

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Every time I get halfway through a post, this lump forms in my chest and I can’t think clearly enough to complete another sentence.

A few weeks ago, I published an article announcing my switch from WordPress to Medium. It’s not a popular move, let me tell you. Most people who blog professionally (read “makes lots of money blogging”) think I’m being foolish.

But it doesn’t matter to me whether they’re wrong or they’re right, because whether search engines rank my pages isn’t my biggest problem. No, my biggest problem is that I’ve had to wrestle with myself to get anything written.

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I began my WordPress odyssey one year after Heather and I married on an island beach in the Caribbean. So when I say that I’m leaving WordPress for another CMS, a lot of emotions are involved. It’s an odd predicament, transferring my 11 year-old blog from WordPress to Medium. It feels like quitting a job in which I’ve achieved mastery in order to do something entirely fantastical and, at least in the minds of some, entirely impractical.

I want to take you briefly through the history of this site’s evolution and wrap up with some reasons why this change had potential to work.

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Adventures in Babysitting

My mind was somewhere else as I backed up the car until I heard CRRRRUUUUNNNCH!!!

We managed without a nanny for six months. It was a frustrating season for mom and dad. Our pod was completed, but we couldn’t find an opportunity to use it until we hired some help.

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What’s So Wrong With Idealism?

For the past year and a half, I’ve been overly apologetic when I explain our homestead to first time visitors. I play it down a lot, because I’m seeing all the unrealized potential that I was expecting to have achieved by now.

There are good reasons, naturally. My health took a noticeable nose dive since 2012, which is saying a lot considering the challenges I’d already been facing for the better part of a decade. Still, I hate to be that guy who was once-upon-a-time going to do something exciting and different but is now just a guy with a bunch of land that just sits there.  Read more

American Sniper Shames Me at Homesteading

As I watched the parade of cars drive down the Texas streets, I cried a few tears. How pointless. A man who risked so much and survived so many possible deaths lost his life taken to a fellow veteran on American soil! The tragedy. Read more

Is Your Vision Worth Keeping? Then Don’t Let it Go

I just laid my journal back down on the desk. All it takes is 5-10 minutes to relieve the pressure building up on the inside. Today’s pressure goes back to personal vision. Read more

Why Writing Your Story Is So Important

I’ve already explained my reason for writing, journaling, and blogging my story. But something was missing. I didn’t hit the mark. I talked about some things I hope to accomplish. But I think there is a greater mission. At the core, I think we ALL should write at least part of our stories and pass them down to future generations. Read more

The Dominiques Are Ready

After nearly two months of coop time, our Dominiques are finally ready to see the world. I’ve opened the coop door wide open three times now and like Noah’s dove, they bring back stories of hope for their sisters cowering inside the ark.

Today we will bribe them all to come outside with a trail of non-GMO no-soy feed. It may take as long as a week for them to venture from the barn itself. Then again, Dominiques are much more independent and resourceful than Australorps, so perhaps they’ll venture out faster.

Why wait so long to let them free range?

You can certainly set your chickens outside earlier. I’ve waited two months for several reasons.

  • An older bird is faster and smarter
  • They know where home is
  • They recognize my voice
  • Buys me time to get a sense of where they’re at

Reason #2 is the most important. I train them on my voice by making the same “chick chick chick!” sound when I bring their feed. The hens now recognize my call and they know where to roost, which makes evening last call that much easier. When I open the coop door at dusk and call them, they’ll come running for supper.

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