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I finally got my feet into a pair of Atreyu running shoes

I finally got my feet into a pair of Atreyu running shoes

Ever since I first heard of Atreyu, from Kofuzi or Seth James DeMoor, I have been trying to get a pair on my size-13 medium feet. Until last week, no luck. They were always sold out. Now, I not only have a pair of Standard Issue Colorway #2 but I will get a replacement pair every two months until I ask them to pause or stop their unique $55/pair subscription service. Brilliant!

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4 Ways To Invest Your Money Wisely

So you are thinking about investing some money, that's great. Investing can be a mind field, to do it successfully you will need to do a lot of research. If you are new to investing you might not know where to start but don't worry we have some tips below to get you started.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Full Text

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Full Text

In honor of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald finally going out of copyright and becoming public domain, I am sharing the full text of this slight but magnificent novel in full for your enjoyment. Enjoy!

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Silent Night in Hawaiian

Silent Night in Hawaiian

I grew up singing Silent Night in Hawaiian growing up. I lived on O'ahu from 1976-1988 and then a few times after that. But it was as a Public School elementary school kid at Aliamanu Elementary school and then from 7th-12th grade at Saint Louis School where we always would sing po la`i e, po kamaha`o instead of silent night, holy night. I've also lived in Germany and learned that this haunting, beautiful song was penned in German and put to music by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber in Oberndorf, Austria, in 1818. Very interesting indeed. So, I included the original German as well, which is stille Nacht, heilige Nacht. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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Happy holidays and happy new year from Dan and Chris!

Happy holidays and happy new year from Dan and Chris!

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin, we wish you happy holidays and a merry new year!

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It looks like I am still a legit Howard Rheingold Associate

It looks like I am still a legit Howard Rheingold Associate

Wow, did you ever wish you could see a real Sabre Tooth Tiger or an actual Wooly Mammoth in the wild? Look what I found. A living fossil. I feel like this moment was peak Chris Abraham.

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MAF Strength Training includes MAF Slow Weights

MAF Strength Training includes MAF Slow Weights

You may know Dr. Philip Maffetone from his heart rate-based training called either the Maffetone Method or just MAF. His theory, in short, is to go slow to get fast. He just came out with a new book called Get Strong: The Natural, No-Sweat, Whole-Body Approach to Stronger Muscles and Bones, which aims at keeping as much gas in your tank as possible while still transforming your sedentary body with very little pain or suffering.

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Make Sure That Everyone's Safe On Your Work Site

One thing that very likely doesn't come as much of a surprise to most people is the fact that the construction industry is one that is pretty high risk. The truth is that there are risks present in almost any workspace but there is no doubt that an environment where a lot of people are working with complicated and dangerous machinery can involve a lot more hazards than your average workplace. Of course, that raises one simple question: how can you make sure that your worksite is always as safe as possible. Well, here are just a few things that you can do to make sure that your construction site is the safest possible environment for you and your workers.

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Many rows make light work of the Concept2 Holiday Challenge

Many rows make light work of the Concept2 Holiday Challenge

I have 19-days left in the 2020 Concept2 Holiday Challenge and I have reached 48,057 meters and have 151,943 meters left, requiring an average of 7,997 meters/day to get 200,000 meters done by midnight Christmas Eve, 24 December. Wish me luck!

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Slow row progress not perfection wins the Holiday Challenge

Slow row progress not perfection wins the Holiday Challenge

I flaked that the 2020 Concept2 Fall Challenge started ON Thanksgiving Day so I started on the 27th and have already missed December 1st. As a result, in order to reach my goal of 200,000 meters by midnight of 24 December—Christmas Eve.

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A day late and 6,897 meters short for the Concept2 Holiday Challenge

A day late and 6,897 meters short for the Concept2 Holiday Challenge

It turns out that the first day of the 29-day Concept2 Holiday Challenge started yesterday. So, instead of 6,897 meter-per-day to make 200,000 meters by December 24, I'll need to row an average of 7,142 meters-per-day. Wish me luck and join me. It's an individual challenge so you can just do it.

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Happy thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving!

I wish the very best to you and your family and friends during this time of year as we all celebrate our own personal version of thanksgiving, each in our own way in our own family in our own country.

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Two red clay-colored PAC Designs courier bags soon on their way

Two red clay-colored PAC Designs courier bags soon on their way

I was pretty sure that Pat from PAC Designs had retired from the messenger bag-making game but the only good thing about the global Coronavirus pandemic is that she got cabin fever and decided to make some bags. I have been conspiring with her for months and even ordered 2 yards of 1000D clay red CORDURA and mailed it to her so that she could make my handmade, bespoke, courier bags. Here are some photos you can enjoy of the bags in the process of being made. Can you pick out my bags?

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Five Ways To Look After Your Employees

Employees are extremely important to your business. They are the ones that, if motivated, can help increase productivity and positively promote your business. If not motivated or happy, you may find you have a high staff turnover as people don’t want to work for you. From showing them you care by offering bonuses, there are many ways to show your workforce you value them.

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Recipe from Susan Stamberg and NPR

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Recipe from Susan Stamberg and NPR

Maybe only a handful of you have ever shared Thanksgiving with me. It's no big whoops. For a few years there, I rocked the meal, making the perfect brined and butter-basted turkey.

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What To Do When Your Business Is Suffering In COVID

Use our tips to help your business rise from the ashes this year and be successful in 2021 and beyond post-COVID.

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Shakshouka recipe

Shakshouka recipe

Shakshouka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, onion and garlic, and commonly spiced with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. The dish has existed in Mediterranean cultures for centuries.

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If You Want Real Customer Loyalty, You Have To Give A Little More

There’s no guarantee you will win the loyalty of the customers even with the tips below. Alongside it all, you have to deliver the quality of service that you promise. Without that, you won’t get anywhere with them.

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Eight Easy Tips For Starting A Business

There are simple steps that you can take to ensure that you start your business and keep it as successful as you mean to go on. You need to know how to get this right, and we’ve put together eight steps to start your business now.

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Final Numbers for my 2020 Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Final Numbers for my 2020 Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

While I started slowly, I committed to the entire challenge. I ended up being 13th in my boat and 2,573rd overall.

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Forging a Strong Business? It’s About Employees’ Well-Being

Everything in terms of mental health and well-being is about finding the right balance. It is something that affects every organization and every business has a responsibility to support its staff. It may not be about incorporating massive changes. But by adding small components that don’t just help our employees feel more confident, but also encourages an environment where everybody feels happy to speak up if they are struggling means a stronger business in every aspect.

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Managing the Problems Related to Freelance Life

Anything worth having rarely comes easy. This is most definitely the case when it comes to freelance life. A lot of people would like the freedom of working when they want and charging more money, but there’s a good reason why not everybody takes this approach: it can be challenging.

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The reports of their death are greatly exaggerated

The reports of their death are greatly exaggerated

The assumption that gets predictions every time is that every generation believes that the current, upcoming, youth generation will be more enlightened or more liberal or more progressive than the last.

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Here’s how You Could Protect Your Business Online- Starting Today

If you are a small business owner, then you can’t sit by and hope that cyber attacks don’t happen to you.

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When I said I was slow rowing I wasn't joking

When I said I was slow rowing I wasn't joking

I did an hour yesterday while watching Spies in Disguise. And I did it slowly. When I talk about slow-rowing, I am not kidding.

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This is starting rowing every day for the rest of my life looks like

This is starting rowing every day for the rest of my life looks like

I don't want to jinx myself—though that's exactly what I am doing—but I feel like I have gotten past the hump and I have prioritized rowing every day, really slowly, but really daily. Yes, I know it's extremely slow, but I reckon it'll speed up this week or next.

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Progress not perfection for the Fall Team Challenge

Progress not perfection for the Fall Team Challenge

I have been on the sliding seat at least once every day since the Concept2 Fall Team Challenge that started on September 15 and continues until midnight, October 15.

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Slow steady extended exercise is actually a type of breathing therapy

Slow steady extended exercise is actually a type of breathing therapy

I have always been a terrible breather. I am a breath holder. I blame growing up in Hawaii and spending all my extra time freediving. That said, I have been thinking about oxygenation since the age of Coronavirus and since I started using a home ventilator, called a CPAP, and I think slow, steady, aerobic, exercise is another form of therapeutic breathing.

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