Here in the USA, we like to say we have a democracy. That’s getting to be a harder and harder claim to make. But for all our technological and creative innovations, it’s damn near impossible to say with a straight face that we have a modern democracy.

We did in…

The data era is here. Like any new shiny thing, with it comes with acclaimed hope and slick promises.

Truth is always less glossy than the sales brochure.

No matter how you parse or present all that data, it can’t tell you where to go. All it can ever do…

With all the work from home & remote productivity articles published here in the last month, you’d think there would be more practical and tactical tips about improving your connection itself. I didn’t see those anywhere, so I wrote this.

Because if you’re trying to work online from home, there…

kindness this way sign

The longer the lockdowns last, the more people question it and make “exceptions” and yell at each other for violating it.

It’s an odd time for all of us.

Odds are

  • you will be exposed to the Coronavirus this year
  • it won’t kill you, no matter your age
  • it will kill people…

So you’re on lockdown. Trying not to think about it too much and end up someplace really dark.

Binging on Netflix can only get you so far.

I’m just fresh from quarantine myself. If, like me, it leaves you feeling antsy and wanting to do something distracting yet productive, maybe…

Since my previous story about self-quarantining while looking for answers went “viral” so to speak, I’ve spent a lot of time answering calls from family & friends. They were concerned for me, but also wanted some help working through their own tough decisions around how to handle this Coronavirus thing…

N95 mask

“Here’s your mask! I’d like you to drive. I love you.” My girlfriend handed me an N95 with her medical-gloved hands. No kiss hello tonight.

The Drive

I loaded my luggage in the trunk, put on my mask, and got behind the wheel. This was Sunday evening, March 1st, and I was…

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Simple is marvelous place that we really can inhabit. Yes, you too can get there.

The first step is for us to chose to stop going in the direction of complexity. Running that way faster or more efficiently just puts more distance between us and our destination: Simple-land!

Oftentimes, the…

When we write stuff in plaintext format, our lives are be better for it.

We can use plain ol’ text on any platform, any device, at any point in time. There is nothing to convert, and nothing to format. Nothing will ever be more portable or searchable or translatable or ultimately useful. We can copy and paste it to and from anything (social media…

Today is the last day of 2019! Wishing you a bright new year to follow.

…But what does that look like, again?

What is your vision of an amazing 2020? How do you want your new decade to kick off?

From here, we can dream big! We can talk about…

Sam Rogers

Likes to do things. Lots of things. Writing is one.

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