That Giant Hole In The Ground

Grand Canyon

As an Arizona native, I consider the Grand Canyon my Canyon. I just happen to share it with 5.5 Million people every year. It didn’t start that way, though. My first visit was on a family trip in elementary school when we rolled down the car window, took a picture (on film!), and drove on to our next destination. It was merely a giant hole in the ground, and I was more interested in the squirrels. Not until years later after hiking all …

Why I Don’t Mind Being a Terrible Gardener

Sandbox Garden

We’ve lived in our house for just over six years. Before that, I’d had houseplants but didn’t have space for a garden. My thumbs were brown with a few specks of green. Then we moved and became accidental gardeners. Well, sort-of-on-purpose accidental gardeners. Our house had a giant sandbox in the backyard, and while luckily there weren’t any cats who made it their own, we didn’t have kids who could enjoy it either. We contemplated using the space for a trampoline, but my creaky …

Improve your Health in Just Minutes


What’s on your health To Do List? Most items there are probably important but not urgent, so they’re easy to put off for later. But for many of us, later never comes. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and most of us don’t have a whole day free anyway, so why not tackle those projects a little at a time?* If you want to try running, you don’t have to start with a marathon. If you want to lose 50 lbs, …

The Simple Path to Personal Finance And Investing

Simple Path to Personal Finance

As we discussed last week, personal finance can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. In Part I of this two-part series, the White Coat Investor quickly walked us through the personal finance basics from student loans to retirement and delved into some fascinating (#nerdalert) intricacies of tax preparation and business ownership. Today in Part II, JL Collins brings us back to those basics and explains the Why? behind it all in The Simple Path to Wealth. His book began as a series of letters …

Personal Finance and Investing for Smarties

Personal Finance

Personal finance is intimidating. It’s personal, so there’s no one-size-fits-all method, yet there’s a never-ending supply of books, well-meaning friends, public figures, and salesmen who won’t hesitate to tell you what to do. And they all disagree. Plus, technology continually introduces a slew of new options like Bitcoin that weren’t even a figment of our grandparents’ imaginations. Are they all good choices? Certainly not. So how do you figure out what to do? This review of The White Coat Investor: A doctor’s guide …

Life Lessons From The Tahoe Rim Trail

Tahoe Rim Trail

After harrowing adventures while hiking the Highline, we questioned whether this year’s conscious choices to be healthier and simplify our lives were really worthwhile, at least with respect to outdoor recreation. We came close to hanging up our backpacks and hiding indoors for the forseeable future. But the call of the wild is loud and persistent, and we had fabulous memories of Havasupai and Prescott urging us forward, so we chose to not only continue, but to up the ante with 10 …

Life Is Like A Day At The Waterpark


One of the best things about being around kids is the excuse to do things you think you’re too old for. Another is that you get to experience these things anew through their eyes. We took our niece to a waterpark* for the very first time, and we couldn’t be more proud of her choices. We would all do well to apply her decisions to life in general.

Humility or Humiliation?


Have you ever found yourself so surprised by a situation you don’t know what to say or do? Of course, the perfect response comes to you in the middle of the night a few days later. Last week I got one of these surprises, but the perfect response remains elusive. Here’s the deal: