Andrew Coy

Practicing Gratitude

An Exercise in Remembrance

Everyone has something (lots of somethings) to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude is merely an exercise in remembrance.

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What you choose to actively call back from memory, and how often you intentionally go through this process, has a direct impact on the trajectory of your life. As I wrote about last Sunday, the heart of my . . .

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February 04, 2018

Kilauea

The Fire Within

There are many places on Earth where you can catch a glimpse of something that is both terrifying and awe-inspiring – places that remind you that no matter how big or important you do or don't feel, your existence is terribly small and fragile. These powerful places demand our acknowledgment that the systems of our "pale blue dot" . . .

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February 04, 2018

Punxsutawney Phil

6 More Weeks of Winter

Happy Groundhog Day!

If you haven't seen the classic Bill Murray film Groundhog Day (recently or ever), you should. It is a great exploration of a simple concept of time. What would you do if you had an endless amount of the same day?

According to Dan Rubin, one of the screenwriters of Groundhog Day, Phil Conners is . . .

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February 03, 2018

Taxing Redux

Still At It

I made it to the end of all of the automated tax filing systems questions. There were a lot of them.

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Now I am trying to figure out how it calculated the ultimate number and have built a spreadsheet around this task. Call it a weakness that can also be a strength, but I either completely ignore something or work to completely . . .

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February 02, 2018

Taxing

Getting Started

Tonight we began the detailed-oriented process of preparing our taxes. In years past, tax filing has been Ann's exclusive domain. This year, however, things are complicated by my consulting business and non-W2 income streams.

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Apparently, we weren't far off from winning the game of tic-tack-toe (although we later found out that the . . .

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February 01, 2018

Good Guy Gut Bugs

Exercising Your Microbiome

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In case you weren't aware, your gut is full of "bacteria, archaea, fungi and single-celled eukaryotes" (in fact, while "the human body has about 100 trillion cells" it actually hosts something in the order of "ten times as many microorganisms in the intestines alone"). You can't write off too much of your weight to these bugs those as . . .

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January 30, 2018

$200 Million Gift

If you're not the customer, you're the product.

Apparently, the internet adage that "if you're not the customer, you're the product" can apply to physical goods as well – including an entire building.

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According to a recent paper published this week in Le Monde (A Addis-Abeba, le siège de l’Union africaine espionné par Pékin), the $200 million gift . . .

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January 30, 2018

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