Photo Friday: International Sudoku Day

Spend a few minutes playing a game on International Sudoku Day. It’s a great way to keep your brain sharp. You can even play games online for FREE!

An Ergonomic Checklist for Working on the Road

If you’re a working nomad like me, you spend much of your day in front of your computer. I do copywriting and blogging. Other nomads edit videos, do voice-over work, serve as influencers, or do other things digital nomads do. Still, others use their hands instead of screens to create artsy, beautiful, and useful objects….

Horizons Within: The Quest for Personal Growth

I‘m happy to welcome another contribution from Real Life Home. If you’ve been wanting to tackle a home project but aren’t sure where to start, their site is a great place to get information and inspiration.  When you’re grappling with work, bills, family commitments, and a demanding social life, it can be hard to find time…

Photo Friday: August is Happiness Happens Month

I spent most of this past week in and around Valentine, Nebraska. I forgot how pretty this area is! I wasn’t sure if I would have time, but I decided to visit Smith Falls State Park last Monday. It’s about 15 miles east of town. My decision to take off the afternoon from work made…

The Best Stress Hacks for Busy People

After I ditched my traditional job and lifestyle for a more nomadic existence, I soon realized how much I underestimated the impact of stress in my new life. As much as I love exploring and working on the road, there’s still plenty to worry about: Is my campsite in the path of the major thunderstorm…

Photo Friday: Carhenge

If you’re into pop culture icons, you might swing by Carhenge if you’re in or near Alliance, Nebraska. It’s a to-scale replica of Stonehenge, and the site is open year-round. If you should ask, “Why?” creator Jim Reinders would say, “Why not?”

Photo Friday: Get Your Booster

I got my second COVID booster today. Vaccination is still a safe and effective way to reduce your risk of COVID infection. Even if you do get sick, being vaccinated decreases your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and even death. Getting boosted helps you maintain protection because vaccine doses diminish in effectiveness over time.

National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day

The third Friday of April is National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day. If you have old or expired drugs, take a moment to get rid of them. Reduce the risk of abuse or misuse.

Photo Friday: Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Today is the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The factory was located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The fire claimed the lives of 123 women and girls and 23 men, mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants. This fire goes down as one of the deadliest workplace disasters in U.S. history….

When “OK” Became Kewl

This is too good to ignore. On this day in 1839, the term “OK” became part of United States vernacular. It stands for “oll korrect,” a popular misspelling of “all correct.” As kiddos today use “kewl” for “cool” and “DZ” and “these,” young folks back then did the same kind of thing. Go figure. The…

Do I Have Alzheimer’s, or Is It Just Normal Aging?

Last week, I was listening to a song on the radio, and I couldn’t remember the name of the band playing it. It was a tune that came out when I was in high school, and I’d heard it hundreds of times since then. But as the song continued, I was still blanking on the…

Photo Friday: National Grammar Day

Today is National Grammar Day. Grammar in verbal and written form not only provides language rules but only a way to understand each other and learn new languages.

Aging Well on the Road

If you want to RV, camp, or do any type of travel and maintain health at any age, check out my article at CheapRVLiving.com. This site has advice on various subjects relevant to people who want to live, play, and work on the road. Thanks for reading!

How to Make Daydreaming Work for You

This morning I wake up, and it takes a minute until I remember that I’m in bed. I soon realize it’s Sunday. Oh, that’s right.I smile as I stretch in my bed in the back of my campervan. It’s slightly chilly. That’s okay; I can run my propane heater for a few minutes to take the…

Photo Friday: National Drink Wine Day

Take time out today to pour a glass to mark National Drink Wine Day. Moderate consumption can help you reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and type II diabetes.

This Day in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder Dies

Famous storyteller of 19th-century prairie life, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House children’s series. On this day in 1957, Wilder died in Mansfield, Missouri. She was 90 years old. I’m working my way through her books. They are a delight no matter how old you are. If you ever watched the “Little House on…

Photo Friday: February is Black History Month

Whether or not you’ve seen the movie Hidden Figures, you need to know about Katherine Johnson (1918-2020). She was a NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronaut Alan Shepard become the first American to reach space. Her work also played a crucial role in John Glenn’s successful orbit of the Earth during the Friendship 7 mission.

Photo Friday: National Fun at Work Day

Whether it’s bringing donuts to share or getting everyone together for some mandatory fun, don’t forget that it’s National Fun at Work Day. Even if you work from home, shake things up by scheduling a Zoom lunch get-together or incorporating music into one of your micro-breaks. Or find ways to gamify the things you typically…

I Need to Change Careers . . . So, What Do I Do Now?

Does your job suck the joy out of your life like a Dyson vacuum? If you hold a typical Monday-Friday job, does Sunday evening fill you with dread? If you can’t even stand the thought of getting out of bed to go to work, then you might be ready to transition into another career. If…

Photo Friday: Happy Kwanzaa!

At Kwanzaa, some people greet each other with the Swahili phrase, “Habari gani“, meaning, “What is the news?” You then answer with the principle of the day (from the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles).

Photo Friday: Fall of Berlin Wall

December 9 was the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These section are in front of the Topography of Terror history museum in Berlin.

How to Sell Yourself Even If You Hate the Idea of Selling

Before leaving my cushy office job to become a freelancer, I knew I had to do more self-promotion. Making a career change meant starting from scratch and re-establishing my reputation in a new industry. The only way I would make a decent living was to learn how to sell myself. That prospect didn’t excite me….

The Best Holiday Gifts When You’re Strapped for Cash

Feeling kinda broke this holiday season? Try some of these ideas and you’ll be gifting like a boss! When you’re low on funds, the thought of holiday gift-buying can be stress-inducing. About 60% of Americans find gift buying the most stressful financial activity of the year, even more so than taxes. It can be challenging if you…

What You Might Not Know about Thanksgiving Day (U.S.)

Take a break from your holiday preparations and soak up some fun Thanksgiving trivia. Use these to steer the dinner conversation away from politics! The pilgrims didn’t eat turkey at the first Thanksgiving. Instead, the menu consisted of duck, eel, fish, goose, lobster, venison, and oysters. Yum. They also likely ate pumpkins and cranberries, but…