As I prepare to move my family back across the Atlantic to the States, I find myself fighting a battle I’ve fought before. My enemy is the “stuff” we’ve collected over the last 5 years in the UK. I’m winning, but I’m a bit disappointed at how much I’ve allowed my old nemesis to sneak back into my life…

While I’m on a streak writing about my favorite places on Earth, I may as well complete the trilogy. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky shares space in that list with Avebury and Dunino Den as somewhere I can go and feel the weight of the world lifting off my shoulders. In fact, it was the first place I ever felt this way in my adult life.

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Avebury’s Neolithic Landscape

Oh, Avebury… There are few places in the world that make me feel as happy, relaxed and in tune with something greater. It’s a magical place that unfortunately gets dwarfed by Stonehenge, its partner in the UNESCO World Heritage Site to which they both belong.

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Color Blindness & Indicator Lights

Why do the majority of electronic devices still rely on color as their only indicator for charging status?

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Media Mogul

My wife has recently published her three volume eBook series focused around the life of legendary gunfighter Doc Holliday. I’ve been filling the role of web developer, marketer, tech support and all-around cheerleader. It’s been an interesting experience seeing behind the curtain of the online self-publishing industry.

So far, I’ve learned a few things…

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Dunino Den

Earlier this year, my family made it back up to Scotland for a week’s holiday. It always does me good to be back. Something in the air recharges my soul. It’s not only the air, but sites like Ardestie Earth House, which I’ve written about previously, and Dunino Den reconnect me with the country and with thousands of years of history.

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Ardestie Earth House

While visiting my father-in-law over Christmas, my wife and I (along with the kiddo), took the opportunity to revisit one of my favourite locations in Scotland. Just a few miles away from his house lies Ardestie Earth House, an Iron Age souterrain.

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New Leaf

lostinamerica:

I’ve thought about running away more as an adult than as a child.

I’ve reblogged this quote before, but as I was cleansing this blog in preparation for its future, I discovered it again. I felt it was appropriate in many ways to how I’ve been feeling lately, and to the recent purge I’ve started with my online identity.

I’m looking to repurpose this blog and use it for posting my various rambling observations on life and my living it. I wouldn’t expect anything to change your life but take this as a warning, my current 82 followers: you shouldn’t expect the old random Tumblr-style posts of the past. If you’re looking for that, check out my Pinterest account. Also, for the next few weeks I’m going to slowly migrate some posts out of another blog of mine, which brings me to why this is happening.

I’ve decided to fade into the background a bit. For a while I was pushing myself out on the web and publishing things under my real name. I’ve decided I’d much rather have the freedom of relative anonymity. No, I’m not posting things that’ll topple governments or get me fired. Instead, I’d just like knowing that everyone and their brother can not find my opinions on everything with a simple search. In many ways that still doesn’t bother me, but why not have the extra freedom?

So, you can look at this as me running away, in a manner… but I’m hoping it means I’ll feel freer to write more often. I’m not looking to stir the pot. Last thing I need is a virtual mob running after me. I just want the breathing room.