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Flash Flood

Hey, everybody quick update. On Sunday  we got about an inch if rain in about ten minutes at the ranch and it caused several flash floods across the ranch. On top of that it also hailed during the same storm that caused the flash floods. So Monday me and my dad drove to the ranch to see how bad it was.

Thankfully the damage from the flash floods was minor. It basically moved a bunch of dirt from the hills into the fields next to said hills. The field that was hit the worst by was a field that we just planted a couple of weeks ago.
However the worst damage was caused by the hail. It shredded the alfalfa that we were about to harvest in a couple of weeks. One of the neighbors who has lived in the area for sixteen years told me and my dad that he has never seen a storm like the one that happened on Sunday.

While everything was and is a mess. It’s been cool to see my dad’s response through it all. His response to the flash floods was “what happened, happened. Time to cleanup and move on.” Instead of focussing on all of the damage. He broke the problems into more manageable pieces. For example, there’s a lot of debris in the fields. So instead of picking everything up all at once we’re going to pick up the debris in stages. First the bigger tree branches and chunks of wood, then the rocks, finally the piles of mud. My dad has also been working on how to prevent it from doing as much damage next time something like this happens. Even if it’s twenty years from now.

The reason I share all of this. Is because if you’re facing a problem or a disaster in your life. I encourage you to take a step back, get some perspective and then break the problem into smaller pieces. The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

-Roland K

P.S I’ll be updating this post with pictures when I get home.


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A Strange Week

This week has been a strange week. There are moments in our lives when we experience a turning point. It’s when something happens that we didn’t expect, and for good or for ill we cannot go back to way it was before, no matter how much we want to go back. I experienced such a turning point this week. It was rather unexpected, and has left me questioning what I want from life. Not in a bad way, but it has made me think about what is important in life.

the turning point

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Something that I have come to realize this past week is that when opportunity knocks I tend to talk myself out of it. I look for reasons why I shouldn’t follow through with the opportunity. While there’s nothing wrong with coming up with a list of reasons against something. It becomes problematic when the only arguments being used are straw men. The main reason I try to talk myself down even when my arguments can’t hold water is because I want control. I want to know where all of the variables are before I make a move.

Going back to the turning point I mentioned at the beginning. There’s been a lot of back and forth going on in my head as I try to wrap my mind around what has happened this last week. While there are still some reservations on my part I am excited to see where I am going to end up.

So if you’re wondering what this turning point is, you’re going to have to wait patiently. Over the coming weeks I will be posting hints. Sometimes they will be obvious and other times not so much. I’ll start things off with an obvious hint. It’s not my trip to North Carolina. Don’t worry I will be posting more details on my trip in the coming weeks. I am really excited to travel to NC and its going to be an adventure.

-Roland K

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Alive and Well

As so very often happens in life, things come that are sometimes expected and other times not so much. For those of you wondering I am still alive and well. I’ve been busy working at my family’s ranch, so I haven’t had time to write or post anything. It’s been a crazy week and a half. I’ll be sharing the details with you over the next couple of weeks. But until then keep on living life to fullest.
-Roland K

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Back to Work

Hey everybody, just a quick update. I am working at my parents ranch for the rest of this week and probably next as well. So unless I can find the time to finish the couple of larger posts that I’ve been working on there won’t be any posts this week or next week. Until next time keep on walking.

-Roland K

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As One Journey Ends Another Begins

No I am not shutting down the blog. So don’t run away screaming in panic. However, as of Friday I am done with my bachelor of arts degree in History!!! I am really happy and excited to be done with my B.A!!! The only downside is that I won’t be getting my diploma until December. But, with one journey over another begins.

This fall I am going to be traveling for a couple of weeks with an old friend of my parents. In October I am going to be doing a week-long trip with him to North Carolina. Followed at some point by a two to three-week trip overseas. My parents friend has even offered to help set up a year-long round the world trip if I am interested. I will be posting more about the trips as I get more information. Suffice it to say that I am really excited about the opportunity to travel with a gentleman that I have deep respect and admiration for.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”-Chinese Proverb

-Roland K

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INSEPARABLE – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Nathalie Press

I found this short film the other day when I was looking at Vimeo staff picks. It tells an incredibly moving story about two brothers and second chances. I won’t give away more than that. You’ll have to watch the short film for the rest of the story. Suffice it to say that it’s an extraordinary piece of acting by Benedict Cumberbatch.

-Roland K


The Joys of… Peanut Butter?

Yes, you did read the title right. As I started writing this post I had just finished eating a spoonful of peanut butter. Skippy creamy peanut butter to be exact. Anyway as I was eating it, I was struck with the thought “Why don’t I stop enjoy the simple things in life more?” At this point you might be thinking to yourself “Peanut butter!? What does peanut butter have to do with stopping and enjoying the simple things in life?” To answer your question, it doesn’t get much simpler than peanut butter.

Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefor...

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Still confused? Let me try and explain. I am a pretty busy guy. Between school, work, and friends I very rarely slow down and enjoy myself. I am always looking forward at the next event coming up in my life. Now there’s nothing wrong with looking forward. In fact I am of the opinion that if you don’t look forward and make a plan you won’t get to where you want to be. But as I was eating my spoonful of peanut butter I realized that I rarely stop and enjoy the simply things in life. I am always planning for the next thing or stage in my life. When I should be enjoying the present with all of the simple things that are around me.

All of us get caught up with things in our lives. Sometimes they are good things, and other times not so much. We’ve got things to do, people and places to see. However, with our busy lives it’s important to remember to stop and enjoy the simple things, like peanut butter!

-Roland K

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Phil Hansen channels your stories of limitations into art

All of our stories, both good and bad, make us who we are. When you put all of our stories together you get something beautiful.
-Roland K


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In this 16-minute documentary, artist Phil Hansen stands in front of a giant blank canvas with a Sharpie in one hand and his cell phone in the other. Soon, using just these tools, a detailed image emerges — one of three birds maintaining in choppy water.

[ted_talkteaser id=1747]When Hansen’s TED Talk, Embrace the Shake, was posted in May, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a video about a new crowdsourced project. But he didn’t just ask people to contribute money — he asked them to contribute their personal stories. Hansen posted his phone number and asked people to call him and tell him a story of how they’ve faced a limitation. Hansen then took each story and converted it into sentence form — some letters spaced out, some clustered on top of each other. The dark and light of the letters of these stories is what forms this…

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Make It Count

It’s a fact, you and I are going to die. We may not like thinking about it but it’s the truth. While we know that some day we are going to die. We don’t know when, where, or how we are going to die. You and I could die today, tomorrow, or seventy years from now.

Every once in a while it’s a good idea to ask ourselves questions like “If I died tomorrow, would I have any regrets?” or “If I only had twenty four hours left live how would I spend them?” In reality how often do we actually ask ourselves those kind of questions and live like today could be our last day here on this little blue orb called earth? If all we have is today. Shouldn’t we make it count for something worthwhile?

-Roland K


The 5-senses showdown: How to grade your experiences

TED Blog

[ted_talkteaser id=1806]Sight. Sound. Touch. Taste. Smell.

We all know the five senses by heart and yet, points out designer Jinsop Lee in today’s talk, few products and experiences tick all five. And thus he created “5 senses graphs” to grade objects on how well they play to each of our assorted senses on a scale of 1 to 10. Riding a motorcycle = good on all but smell and taste. Instant noodles = good on all but sight and sound.

Watch this whimsical talk, which will have you grading almost everything as you go about your day. (Reading email = low on sound, taste and smell. Walking down the street = low on touch.) And below, we asked Lee to use his scale to compare some great experiences to explain why some are just a little more compelling.

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