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Andrew Coy

Go the Distance

Car Payment Free

Almost six years ago we got a new car after we sold the one I had bought back in college. It was the first time either Ann or I had bought car new off of the lot. We were looking for something that had enough room for me to transport students around, wasn't super expensive, and shouldn't be so nice that we mind if it gets scratched or . . .

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January 13, 2018

Log Cabin Build

What Would You Build?

If you had the time to build something, what would you make? Where would it be and what tools would you use?

Now think of all of the reasons you aren't doing it. What would you have to change about the way you live?

Take a minute to glimpse into the life of Shawn James and his videos at myselfreliance.com. It's pretty . . .

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January 13, 2018

Mesh Network

DIY Infrastructure

When the system has failed to be equitable, what do you do? What do you do when ACCESS, PARTICIPATION, COMMON OWNERSHIP, and HEALTHY COMMUNITIES are not distributed?

A group in Detroit (the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition) is serious about doing something. They are building it themselves.

Take 12 minutes and watch this video from . . .

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January 11, 2018

Teenagers Nowadays

Public Perception vs. Reality

What is your perception of teenagers nowadays?

On the whole, are they better than they used to be? Do they get into more or less trouble? Are they more or less likely to do drugs? Are there fewer or more bullies among them?

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The Economist points out "Young people are indeed behaving and thinking differently from previous cohorts . . .

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January 10, 2018

Family Motto

Solve Problems

A few weeks ago we adopted a new family motto: “we don’t whine, we solve problems.”

While we all have committed this to memory, Levi is definitely the most vocal about it anytime Lydia is caught whining excessively.

There are plenty of problems to solve in the world, and little to no good that comes of whining . . .

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January 10, 2018

Getting Back In the Swing

Single. Double. Try for more?

After being out of the game for more than a minute, I’m getting back in the swing of things.

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How hard do I push myself though on day one, day two, day three?

Is a single or double enough?

Is more possible? Is more needed?

I’m still not back up to full health or full strength, but I’ll get there. I . . .

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January 09, 2018

Packing Patience

Don’t Leave Home Without It

Whether you are sick or not, traveling or staying close to home, or just in the normal routines of life and living, remembering to pack your patience is critical. 

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For everyone traveling (or rather, attempting to travel) through the JFK Airport in New York this weekend, they needed patience in spades. Apparently everything . . .

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January 07, 2018

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