From the Seat of a Bicycle

The Hero's Journey

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? And how do we make every day an adventure?

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

A close up of the artistic cover of the Hero With A Thousand Faces. Hundreds of real people, like a mosaic, paint the picture of a hero.

What is a hero?

Is it true that the only people who achieve great things are the ones who take risks and reach for the impossible. Is that what it means to be a hero?

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

The Giving Tree redux. A new ending with new pictures. The man sits on the stump with the caption, "And the tree was happy." But was it really?

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.

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

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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