Putting Together a Local Off-line Group

I’m happy to report I will finally be starting my first local Entrepreneur Fathers chapter—my own! I’ve been meaning to start a local group for a number of months (actually, it’s probably been over a year now), but now I’m really going to do it. I would probably still be just talking about creating one some time, but I went and opened by big mouth and announced my tentative plans to Tyson (a friend and fellow home schooling father), and he got excited enough about the whole thing to hold me to my word. I guess that was always one of the main points of the group—having other people to hold me to my commitments—but then Tyson went and proved my point for me. I’m not quite sure how I feel about that…

It's Time to Shoot for the Big Time

Well, at this point in time I’m not sure anyone noticed, but I moved this site from WordPress to Drupal, while still keeping essentially the same template. I don’t think anybody has actually read anything I’ve put up here, but that’s probably because I’ve never bothered to promote Entrepreneur Fathers. You see, this has been a project that got pushed to the back burner over six months ago, and I just haven’t managed to spend any time on it. But this past week my wife challenged me to finally get off my butt (or more accurately, to put it in my office chair) and do something about what I’ve been yammering on about for over a year. If I really think this site is part of my mission (and I do), it’s time for the rubber to meet the road.

You Don't Need a New Gadget to Get the Job Done

All week I’ve been telling myself that my project for this weekend was to get the newsletter sign-up for TJEd.org up and working. Since deciding that I actually want to monetize that site (officially, The Thomas Jefferson Education Consortium), I’ve been mentally stuck at square one.

So I got up this morning, excited to get started, and my wife asked me to go to the store to get a few things that she needed for my daughter’s birthday party. That seems to just be the way that Saturdays go. Its not my wife’s fault, its not the kids’ fault, its not even my fault—it’s just the way things manage to turn out, especially when you’re trying to pull away from the status quo.

While I was getting ready to go out, it occurred to me that I could make better use of my driving time if I had the digital voice recorder we’ve been planning to buy (for recording speeches that Rachel and I give). I toyed with the idea of going to Radio Shack to see if they carry a decent one, since I’ve not been impressed with what they stock at Wal-Mart, but I also realized that I work only a few miles away from Fry’s Electronics, and that would be a much better place to do my comparison shopping. So I was stuck between buying something I wouldn’t be happy with at Radio Shack so that I could use it today, when I needed it, or waiting until next week to get something that will better serve my needs, but waste my time today. Oh what a conundrum.

Recipe: Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a marinade and/or sauce for beef, originally from Argentina, although I’m sure my recipe is not authentic. I actually made this a couple months back, but never got around to posting the recipe. Luckily, I saved the scrap of paper that I made up the recipe on, since it was a distillation of what I liked about a number of recipes. You can use it to marinade steaks (or other meat) or serve it at the table as a condiment.


Getting Unstuck: Moving Forward on a Quest for Vision

Today I found my mind desperately constipated, so I decided to reuse some old advice from my mentor, Janine Bolon. Her prescription for a mental laxative: just start writing, stream of consciousness if necessary, and before finishing the third page, you’ll have figured it out. Since it’s worked for me in the past, I decided to try it again.