Personal Update 202405 | 31 May 2024


Thanks for taking a moment to read this month’s update. I hope you’re doing well. The photo above is from a road trip to Pella on 19 Apr 2024.

tech work

In recent years some of my business costs have increased due to inflation. Some expenses have actually doubled in the past few years, far outpacing the normal rate of inflation. I’m reluctant to double my rates just because some businesses and industries are taking advantage of their customers.

So, to keep up with the rising costs, I’ve increased the number of hours I’ve been working rather than charging more. I’ve wanted my hourly rate to stay the same as it has been for the past 24 years. I’ve adjusted available discounts and cash back accordingly.

I’m going to continue to look for ways to reduce my costs and work more efficiently so that the people I’m helping won’t feel the burden of increasing costs. Thankfully, some people are paying generously beyond what I’m asking for.

Sleep, Family, and Vacations

Since the start of the pandemic until this year, my workload and the initial pandemic accommodations resulted in working hard which cut into sleep time, family time, and vacations.

This year I’m slowly returning to a pre-pandemic schedule with a priority on getting more sleep, more time with family, and some day trips to refresh and reset. I’ll be reporting more on that in the June newsletter.


I continue to expand on the topic reports found on the Resources For Life dot com website. The list can be found on the What’s New Page. Adding incrementally takes very little time since the post and related context are already present.

After four months of doing very little writing, in April I started posting documents to the Resources For Life dot com website.


If you’re interested in the latest tech-related guides and articles I’ve posted, you can visit the Posts Page on the Iowa City Tech website.


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

Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 23 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith/philosophy), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and public interest efforts. This is based on the Life Map presented on the Resources For Life website. [View]