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Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #53.

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Rule #53. “Never confuse movement with action.” This week’s rule is a quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway (by his friend, actress and singer Marlene Dietrich). I’m unaware of the original context, but knowing a little about Hemingway, I think I can wager a guess. To explain it though, let me talk about the man a bit first… I’m not a literary… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #52

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Rule #52. Time that you enjoy wasting isn’t always wasted time. When I started riding my bike to work, a few people asked me if I thought it was the most efficient use of my time. On the days I rode I spent about an hour riding to work compared to the fifteen or twenty minutes I’d spend driving. That… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #51

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Rule #51. Practice makes progress. In the course of our relationship, my wife Clarissa and I have learned a lot from one another. We’ve each exposed the other to different ideas and new ways of doing things. One of the things that I’ve picked up from her is yoga. She’s an avid yogi, teaches a number of classes online and… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #50.

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Rule #50. It’s all part of the game. On the third day of the Great River Trail Trash Trek, as I hiked alongside highway 84, I grew more and more downtrodden. I hadn’t really slept the night before, I was carrying much more weight than I should have been, and the hot sun started to wear on me. Shortly after… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #49

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Rule #49. Provide cheerful service. At the end of last month, I took a week for the Great River Trail Trash Trek, picking up forty-three bags of trash over sixty-five miles. Last month my wife Clarissa led a yoga class for the organization Yoga 4 Homeless, leading to the collection of $100, toiletries, coffee, clothing, and yoga mats for donation to… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #48.

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Rule #48. There is no “new you.” Every year, on January 1st, hundreds of thousands of people decide that they’re going to change. No longer will they be the same person they’ve always been. Oh no, not this year! This year (whatever year it may be) everything changes. We’ve even got a nice turn of phrase for it, “New year,… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #47

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Rule #47. Go local. We’re all part of a community, and we each have the capacity to add to or detract from it. That’s one of the reasons that I write for QC Outside; I’ve only lived in the Quad Cities for three years, but this area has welcomed my wife and I with open arms. We’ve found our place here… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #46.

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Rule #46. Safety gear is cool. Several years ago I needed to tear down an old steel shed in my family’s backyard. The screws, nuts, and bolts holding the monstrosity together had long since rusted into one large chunk of metal, so taking it down in an orderly fashion was out of the question. Instead, I found myself wielding a heavy… Read more »

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #45

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Rule #45. Maintain an explorer’s mind.
Do you find yourself getting bored easily? That’s no good!
The best way to defeat boredom is by having (and using) an explorer’s mind.
Read on to learn more!

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #44

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Rule #44. “I live for myself and I answer to nobody.”
This week’s Rule for Intrepid Living is a quote from Hollywood legend, Steve McQueen.
What was the king of cool getting at when he said it?
Read on to find out what I think.

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #43

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Rule #43. Not deciding *is* deciding.
Have you ever procrastinated when it came to making a decision only to be found it had been made for you?
Have you ever found yourself asking, “but, what if it’s the wrong choice?”
If so, this post is for you!

Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #42

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Rule #42. Be Present.
Wherever you are, there you are. Unless you’re not.
Have you ever found yourself doing one thing, while you’re mind is somewhere else?
Don’t spend your valuable adventure time worrying about other stuff. Be present.