Author Archives: Brian McCarrel

About Brian McCarrel

I am the late, great middle class working stiff that is the framework of society. Notice I didn't say foundation, that would indicate my ego was over sized. I (like many of you) am a victim of my own desire to be what those around us think we should be. But more on that later ... And excuse the grammar, I'm NOT a professional.

Thought for a beautiful October day

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” – Swedish proverb

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I recently had a conversation with a friend about leadership. Not necessarily leadership like the President, CEO of a corporation, or a field general. This conversation was about being first, taking chances, and shunning security for the sake of doing … Continue reading

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Godspeed, adventure and exploration

On Thursday of this week Scott Carpenter died. For those of you that are less than somewhere in your 50s, he was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts and the fourth American into space. The Mercury Seven astronauts were … Continue reading

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Thought for an October evening

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi  

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Dance monkey, dance

There is an old saying about authors. It’s been paraphrased many times, so I’m not sure of the exact original words. What I was told amounts to “you make the monkeys dance.” It means that the writer of a story … Continue reading

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Sometimes we place value on the wrong things. I recently had dinner with one of my relatives. She is not young, but not what I consider old. The pains of more than seven decades are upon her, but she still … Continue reading

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Six things you should know about minimalism

There are things you should know about minimalism.   Minimalism is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s less. You will have to make some tough decisions. You will have to rid yourself of things that are … Continue reading

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I want it all, and I want it now. Our society has evolved – de-evolved possibly – into one that has almost every imaginable convenience available all the time. The internet allows us to purchase most things at any time … Continue reading

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Not enough room

Well, the hassle that is moving is over. Of course you knew I would have some keen observations. I have spent the vast majority of my adult life in the suburbs and bedroom communities of a fairly major metropolitan area. Although … Continue reading

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More stuff for your stuff

Recently I was invited to a thrilling Saturday afternoon trip to one of my least-favorite places on earth: the budget department store. I would name it, but Target doesn’t need any more free advertising. I was at a friends house about to … Continue reading

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