The Argonauts: An Exploration of Life

From the Seat of a Bicycle

Have you ever looked at the world and wondered: “What if…?”
I have and that’s what this section is all about.


The war versus peace dilemma.

The American Dilemma

What is the Better Survival Strategy: Cooperation or Competition In this article, I will attempt to explain one of the modern problems of the United States: the growing discontent between the upper, middle and lower classes and the battle between greed and altruism. It seems greed always wins. So, how does the good guy win… Continue Reading


The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. New World Library; Third edition.

What is a hero?

I often hear something like this: “The only people who achieve great things are the ones who take risks and reach for the impossible.” Is that true? Is that what it means to be a hero? Society seems to convince us that we all must be a hero and shoot for the moon. But what if we aim for that moon and miss, are we failures? And another definition of a hero is someone who lives their dream despite all odds. But the pitfall of a dream is that our imagination is limited. What if there is something greater than our dream? What if we dream to be an actor, but what if we could change the world as a philanthropist? So, what exactly is a hero?


What is an adventure?

Words like adventure, hero and epic have become cliches that have lost their meaning. So unfortunately we can’t say: “I’m a a hero going on an epic adventure,” and be meaningful. So, what exactly is an adventure?



Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

This rain barrel took me about 2 hours to install and cost only $50 USD. The next day there was a huge rainstorm and it filled up in about 10 minutes.


Street retrofit optimized for humans

Retrofit street design optimized for humans not cars

Does anyone describe the philosophy of our roads in one word? Is it efficiency? Is it cost? It appears to me there is no guiding principal. So why not build stuff optimized for what it means to be human? Not only is this street redesign optimized for health and happiness, but it also 2–4 times as safe and energy efficient. These ideas have been rattling around in my head for years, and I’ve finally decided to give them life in this quick sketch.


Grow grass not food sign for front lawn

Grow Food NOT Grass

What better way to have a backyard adventure than to grow a garden? Here is my new “Grow Food NOT Grass” sign that I made using a wood burner, a nice piece of walnut and some scraps. This goes with the terraced garden that I built in the spring. Actually, this is the front lawn,… Continue Reading


The giving tree sequel (redux). The final pages revised.

The Giving Tree Sequel

Have you ever read the classic children’s story “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein? I’ve always been disturbed that the tree sacrifices itself to a greedy old man — so I rewrote the ending and drew new pictures.


Human Population Growth Chart

This graph illustrates the exponential growth of the human race and consumption of non-renewable resources. The question isn’t it it will stop, but when?


An unusual tribute to Nelson Mandela and his bucket

This may not be what most people would expect, but it is a personal story about what impressed me about the character of a man that is sure to be legendary. During my travels in South Africa I visited Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and did hard labor breaking rocks for 23 years.


How to escape education’s death valley

I thought this was a worthwhile and humorous TED talk for every one interested in our society as a whole. Personally I run into road blocks many times related to the educational issues presented in this talk.


Is bicycling bad for the environment?

Top 10 reasons bicycling is bad for the environment Some food for thought as to the consequences of our every-day actions. (One of my favorites articles, reposted for those who missed it.) 1. Law of entropy. Everything is bad for the environment, because everything consumes more energy than it produces. The real question: Can humans… Continue Reading


Polar Ice Sheets Shrinking Worldwide

Here is an article by National Geographic News about the polar ice melting; and, I can’t stop thinking how I would love to go river rafting down this glacial melt.


Prison talk

I had the honor to speak to the inmates of Wisconsin’s medium security prison, Fox Lake Correctional Institute. It was one of my more challenging presentations.


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