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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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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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Get a treat first! Introducing the “Kindred Road Daily 7+1”

Update (January 22, 2012): Although I still enjoy the idea of the Kindred Road Daily 7+1, I’ve made the decision to focus my current efforts on engaging in and showcasing Kindred Road Conversations. As a result, I’m reevaluating the 7+1 project and will not be producing 7+1 content on any regular schedule at this time. I’m sorry to disappoint the 7+1 enthusiasts out there, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I feel that Kindred Road Conversations merit more of my time in the present moment. Thanks for your patience and understanding … and I’ll see [...]


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Amplifying gratitude

Just over a week ago, on American Thanksgiving, many people said “thank you” for the special people and things in their lives. The internet reflected this “attitude of gratitude,” with social networks, blogs, and inboxes getting a heavy dose of “what I’m thankful for” lists and random “thanks” shout-outs to family, friends, coworkers, and others. But by Black Friday — and certainly by Cyber Monday — things were back to normal: Kim Kardashian, Tim Tebow, and all the other “important” issues of the day dominated the media’s sensationalistic headlines, and the social web and blogosphere followed suit. We might see [...]


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It’s not about me

It’s not about me. Those words have lingered in my head for a few weeks now. The “it” in question? Kindred Road. Even though Kindred Road is my personal website — created in my style, with my goals, servicing my vision — it’s not about me. Sure, I brought Kindred Road into existence, and I continue to do the work, but I feel the site has something else driving it — something bigger than me, something I cannot explain. The universe? God? A muse? Voices in my head? … Does it matter? I don’t think it does. I just know [...]


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Specialize in time

We live in an age where specialization is rewarded, to the point where most people regard it as an essential component of career and life success. Some people manage to avoid specialization for a time, but eventually, the inexorable pressure to specialize finally overtakes them, and they get in line; they begin to march alongside everyone else. “That’s just how things work,” people say. And so it goes, generation after generation, each passing down its respective “wisdom” through example, culminating with the ultimate specialization at the end of a life well spent: retirement. People pay lip service to a lot [...]


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42 things: some “about me” randomness (and José Canseco?)

Even though I don’t feel (or act?) like I’m 33 years old, I am. I’m no longer in my twenties, and it’s only a matter of time before I’m in my late thirties. Then comes the big “4-0”, and then, wow — I’m getting old! (But I’m young at heart though, and I intend to stay that way.) Originally, I wanted to let my age dictate the outline for this post: I was going to enlighten you with 33 random things about me. But as I got writing, I came up with a few more items, and eventually, I got [...]


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A (very) abbreviated personal history

I find it hard to write about myself. Perhaps I’ll find this activity easier as Kindred Road matures, but right now, it’s hard. A little personal history on a blog can be nice though, so I suppose I should just get on with it…. Time to put in some work toward Kindred Road’s third main goal (as listed in the post “Humble beginnings”): Share more of myself with the world. Chapter one: gettin’ born and playin’ games I was born in Sioux Falls, SD on the U.S.’s Flag Day, 1978. (That would be June 14th for the 99% of the [...]


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Me: a brief personal summary for web profiles

I’ve never taken much time to fill out “profile” sections on websites. But with the creation of Kindred Road, I figured it was about time to bring my profile sections up-to-date (or in a few cases, into existence). So in order to show a little love to my existing and future web profiles, I’ve created the brief personal summary below. (Time to start cutting-and-pasting!) Representing Swedish, Irish, and German ancestry (with a likely sprinkle of “other” added to the mix as well), I am a vintage “all-European mestizo.” In other words, I’m an American with an ethnicity typical of Minnesota [...]


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Aim for interesting

I just checked my Google Reader account and found my number: 126. Yes, I’m currently subscribed to 126 blog RSS feeds. This number has been both higher and lower in the past, but 126 is where I’m at today — and it’s too large. If I miss a few days of blog reading, the next thing I know I have hundreds of unread posts (not to mention an equal or greater number of unread email messages, social media notifications, etc.). It’s then only a matter of time before I see All items (1000+) at the top of Google Reader’s left sidebar — [...]


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