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The Tentative Quest

John playing guitar

February 2011. Apartment in Logan Square. Photo by DCH.

There are two moments in life in which I recall feeling most like anything was possible and both occurred at age 15. The first was during a family vacation in which we drove from Illinois to Colorado. I was listening to my portable cassette player through my headphones and the song playing sent a shiver up my spine. As the guitar swelled to full volume I couldn’t believe the power it had over me and I thought, “I wish I could do that…” immediately followed by “Why can’t I do that?” My parents nurtured my dream with a guitar and lessons and I’ve been playing ever since. Continue reading

Influences: The Happiness of Pursuit

Book Cover

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit. I’ve previously touched on The $100 Start-Up and I’ve also enjoyed his first book, The Art of Non-Conformity. Chris’ books have the unenviable distinction of being classified as self-help books, but do not come off as such. The message is not that if you follow this method you will find happiness. Rather it presents a collection of alternatives that are worth considering. Continue reading