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Sasha Eslami: Cofounder of Wedding Snap (profile picture).

[KR 0004] Sasha Eslami: Saying “I Do” to a Startup Life

The Kindred Road Conversations have taken a backseat to some other projects as of late, but I have an awesome guest for you today: a young, ambitious entrepreneur named Sasha Eslami. Sasha’s been hard at work on his third tech startup, Wedding Snap, a photo sharing website dedicated to weddings that integrates with both iPhone and Android smartphones. Getting fun, candid photos from your wedding has never been so easy! I think Sasha’s idea definitely has some legs to it, and I have a good feeling that the third time around for Sasha is, indeed, going to be a charm. Sasha [...]


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Mark Rapacz (Muddin' and climbing rope, Living History Farms cross country race, November 2011.)

[KR 0003] Mark Rapacz: Ruminating on Writing, Running, and Buffalo

Writing and running: There isn’t a whole lot of glory or recognition to be had in either of these pursuits. After all, the world likes money … and Hollywood … and football. The writers and runners of the world? Well, they’re generally left alone to toil away at their respective crafts in anonymity, outsiders in a society that doesn’t understand their quirks or value the simplicity and beauty of their pursuits. No matter. Simple pleasures are enough to sustain a writer or a runner: a sentence that sounds right, a run that feels right — these things are heaven on earth [...]


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Zach Marx (on top of the Great Wall of China)

[KR 0002] Zach Marx: Around the World in 80 Couches

Zach Marx is a man with lots of plans, but one of his plans in particular caused him to buy the domain name 80couches.com one year ago: He’s going to CouchSurf around the world and write a book about it. With a tangible brand and an ever-developing backstory behind his plot, Zach is due to depart in about 18 short months and is currently busy dreaming big and saving money while living the life of an expat in Korea. As a former coworker of mine, I can attest to Zach’s thoughtful commentary on a wide range of topics, and given his ambitious upcoming [...]


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Great education through simple conversation

“Writing is a lot easier once you find your voice,” people say. That’s why a lot of those same people advise would-be writers to “write how you talk.” I can’t argue with that advice; it makes sense. But what if you just skipped the whole writing thing altogether and just, well, talked? If writing like you talk helps to establish a more authentic voice, I would think that “talking like you talk” would be even more authentic yet. After all, when you talk, your communication isn’t just confined to the words you use; it includes all the sounds and expression [...]


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Bryan Skavnak

[KR 0001] Bryan Skavnak: The Happiest Golfer

Back at the end of November, I wrote a post titled “It’s not about me,” in which I mention that I want to make a point of having conversations with people and sharing their stories here on Kindred Road — not just famous, influential people, but anyone who’s interested in engaging in a conversation (contact me if you’re interested!). The idea is that we all have a lot of interesting stories inside of us, but most of us never get the opportunity to share them in a spotlighted, featured way; I think more people should be afforded the opportunity to [...]


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Nature “just works” [7+1]

Bear with me as I get into the habit of writing each weekday. In this beginning stage of the 7+1, I might better describe it as “almost daily” rather than “daily” — at least until I develop more consistency with my posting schedule. Anyway, the Kindred Road Daily 7+1 for Thursday, January 5, 2011 is complete. Enjoy! 1. Statement of gratitude: Nature “just works” Nature is an amazing thing — stuff “just works.” I’m thankful for all the natural processes in my body, the world, and the universe that just work without me needing to think about anything. I think enough as [...]


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Making it through [7+1]

The Kindred Road Daily 7+1 for Tuesday, January 3, 2011. Enjoy! 1. Statement of gratitude: Making it through I’m thankful for all the times in my life where I made it through a seemingly impossible, insurmountable situation — or just one where I could have very well died had events differed ever so slightly. I had one of those events — the almost dying kind — this past Sunday afternoon (a helluva way to welcome in the New Year), but I came out on top. I’m banged up some, but alive and writing (and sorry I didn’t get a post [...]


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The unexpected brings possibility [7+1]

The Kindred Road Daily 7+1 for Friday, December 30, 2011. Enjoy! 1. Statement of gratitude: The unexpected I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, and I like things that way. If I had the option to know how the future would play out, I wouldn’t exercise it. Unexpected, unplanned things are such a huge component of what makes life worth living. Sometimes it’s aggravating when things don’t go according to plan, but so many of the best moments of my life have come out of nowhere — unexpected, serendipitous events that put a smile on my face [...]


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No time like the present [7+1]

Exactly 21 days ago, I introduced the idea of the “Kindred Road Daily 7+1,” or “7+1.” To date, I’ve written precisely zero 7+1’s. Oops. But rest assured, I’ve been saddled up to the card table — and it just so happens that today, I’m in the money; twenty-one days later, I’ve finally hit blackjack. Here we go with the 7+1! But first, a quick note: Sometimes the items in the 7+1 list will be new to you, but sometimes they’ll be things you’re already familiar with. That’s OK. The 7+1 is as much about making connections between ideas — both old [...]


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Showcasing art: The “Kindred Road General Store”

Most of what I’ve written for Kindred Road so far has tied into laying a foundation for the site and setting the stage for what’s to come. I want Kindred Road’s foundation to be strong and built-to-last, but I also want it to be flexible enough to allow for the site’s inevitable growth, change, and new directions. Well, I’ve finally gotten the foundation to where I want it … except for one last element: a store. Keeping things simple I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a store of my own, but I guess I’ve never given much [...]


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