Personal Update 201904 | 30 Apr 2019 | Tuesday


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New Office Furniture

For most of my life, I’ve been using cardboard bankers boxes to store and organize my stuff with plastic shelves to stack them on. My ‘desk’ has been one of those tables with folding legs you see used at church potlucks. This has partly been motivated by the feeling of having ‘beat the system’ by functioning on a shoestring budget. However, my office can appear to be cluttered and not as efficient as possible.

As I produce more videos for YouTube, I’ve wanted to create a ‘studio office’ that doubles as a recording studio as well as work space. So, this past month I upgraded the office with solid wood custom Amish-built furniture that fits the space and my needs perfectly. This way I can document the work I’m doing in an attractive non-cluttered environment. If you’ll go to my YouTube channel, you can see the cabinets behind me in the most recent five videos. In the weeks ahead, I hope to create a ‘my studio’ video, which is a common genre of video showing the furniture and tech gear used for producing videos, music, or other content. [see examples] You’ll get a closer look at what my setup looks like.

Monthly Emails

I’ve been using Yahoo Groups for about 20 years as a system for sending out monthly newsletters. It’s worked okay in the past, but recently their system hasn’t been consistently functioning properly. So, in 2019 I’m switching all my mailings over to Mail Chimp. To signup to receive my monthly email, please click here.

The monthly emails are important because they offer a less intensive subscription for people who don’t want to receive updates every time I post something to my website. One email a month is more manageable for most people.


Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.


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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 19 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.