A Doing Word…

Thoughts to inspire action – a random collection at this point

  • “Retirement” Ideas

    This is more of a scratchpad now. Other writings will include: I’m documenting my own journey and those of others that I learn from. Not advocating right or wrong or prescribing, but I am looking for co-conspirators with similar ideas! I think that my journey of learning and discovery may be one that yields insights… Continue reading

  • Remarkable Proportions: What is the opposite of “Faith”?

    It is incredible how much the world is perfectly suited to the human form, or humans are suited to the world, depending on your preference. The vast majority is perfect for living and playing, and the extremes are perfect for challenging the limits of the species. It is also a remarkable time, with many of… Continue reading

  • Tea Cartel Drug Wars, or the Boston Tea Party

    First, credit to Malcolm Gladwell and the Revisionist History podcast, my favorite along with SYSK. I encourage you to listen to them all and this this episode that inspired this post: http://revisionisthistory.com/episodes/33-tempest-in-a-teacup. I started writing this with a preamble that grew into a longer post so I posted that separately: https://adoingword.com/2021/01/11/news-the-new-opium-of-the-people/ This is just a… Continue reading

  • News, the new Opium of the People

    I wrote this as a preamble to the post about the Boston Tea Party but it soon took a life of it’s own. It’s a work in progress. Last night Jen mentioned how schools don’t really teach critical thinking. I think that’s just the understatement of the century. In schools, church, and in general history… Continue reading

  • Travel Plans

    Writing this partly just to keep it straight myself, but more to share with others. If I/we are nearby lets meet up! If in the general area then maybe we could alter plans a bit to make it work. May 10: Portland for Mother’s day See mom for a long weekend and help around the house… Continue reading

  • Very Light Hiking Gear

    To equip everyone for our upcoming Yosemite hike I had to either get stuff for the kids, or get new stuff for Jen and me and give what we have to the kids. I like the second option! I did quite a bit of research so I thought I’d share it here. There are a… Continue reading

  • The Big Short, Longer Version

    We watched “The Big Short” the other night! I thought it was great – Steve Carell was just amazing as a serious guy. But, the terrible brilliance of the situation, as well as the lessons for today, are not evident from the movie. I’m writing for myself as much as anything. Even after reading this… Continue reading

  • Shaking the Jar

    One of my favorite quotes from my favorite book… “On the day they dropped the bomb Frank had a tablespoon and a Mason jar. What he was doing was spooning different kinds of bugs into the jar and making them fight….I can remember other bug fights we staged later on…They won’t fight unless you keep shaking… Continue reading

  • Tom’s Parenting Quotes

    Sounds like one of us has a problem Don’t make me get the beating stick I’ll leave you here with Dr. Didi to talk about your new boyfriend What could possibly go wrong? This is why American healthcare is so expensive Don’t make this an ER night Diplo says ‘no bedtime for you!’ “loud” is… Continue reading

  • Italian Food in Eight Easy Steps

    Italian food is tasty! And I’d say easy. It’s a layered architecture – you take tasty ingredients and add things that compliment the taste. Tomatoes + garlic + olive oil + grilled chicken + shredded parmesan. Yum! This is very different from Thai where you take many things that taste neutral to terrible by themselves and combine… Continue reading

About Me

An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.