Start at Level I, get to Level II and stay there. Maybe make Level III.

After the longest economic expansion in American history, movements sprung up to reach financial independence and early retirement (FIRE). Focusing on retiring to a life of travel and leisure is a pitfall that blinds seekers…


A deep dive into natural selection, farming, and biodynamics

“Fizzy, unstable wine is universal. It knows no specific style, place, or grape.” — It’s Only Natural, Tim Gaiser, MS

I recently returned from a long trip to Paris. …


Banish the phrase from yoga classes, wellness retreats, and the potions aisle in Whole Foods.

Millennials love the idea of reliving the last half of the 20th century, the one we all grew up watching on the Wonder Years. We were led to believe it was a time that defined everything we love about America. Giant leaps in civil rights, a martyred saint president, a…


How “ego” became one of the most misused phrases in the English language.

Returning some books to the library, I noticed flyers posted all over the outside windows. “Learn to live the millionaire lifestyle… without being a millionaire!”

I immediately discounted them. What a poor pitch. Like everyone, I want to be a millionaire and live the millionaire lifestyle. Was this a class…


“When we write a story on our own it can’t help but link up with all sorts of myths. Myths are like a reservoir containing every story there is.” — Haruki Murakami

Somewhere around 160 CE a text entitled ‘Seder Olam Rabbah’ was written discussing everything from the creation myth…


Spoiler Alert: You’ve already seen this movie. It was directed by Richard Marquand in 1983 and produced by George Lucas- it’s called Return of the Jedi. What came to theaters in December of 2015 was the result of an affliction that ails Hollywood, a lack of ideas.

In his review…


Scientifically, Morally, and Ethically

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. It isn't anything new, tracing origin to India and Ancient Greece, and yet has recently gained significant traction. …

Michael Nemcik

Scientist, photographer, power lifter, bass player, financial analyst, ex-soldier, stoic, bartender, sommelier, film student

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