FIRE.160       Throttle Down

Following up on my Throttle Up post which included some throttle down thoughts, I then had some whack-a-mole stress (external stress) popping up.  After I wrote about those life moles, it made me think about the times we have to slow down for the upcoming—or immediate—curves of life.  If I were a graphics person I …Read More

FIRE.159       Whacked

Life around me keeps changing.  Life around all of us keeps changing.  I’m sure that our normal pattern of whack-a-mole issue resolution is very common.  It’s our nature to fix each problem that pops up and then move on, often to the next problem. I’m suggesting that we take a moment—many moments—to stop and recognize, …Read More

FIRE.158 Throttle Up

I’ve often thought of activity and effort in relation to gear shifting in a car.  More specifically, to me downshifting at times.  Some of us understand the concept of shifting from 4th gear to 5th gear and driving harder or downshifting from 5th gear to 4th gear for an upcoming corner. Recently I was driving …Read More


Let’s start this thought with the fact that I have a lot of friends and peers who share knowledge and wisdom making my life better. I have a close group of these friends and while keeping their secret identities well, secret, I can say we do meet monthly and talk about very important topics related …Read More

FIRE.156 40years of finance

I’m 52 and I realized that I’ve now reached 40 years of finance/saving/planning experience.  I’ve mentioned before that my dad started teaching me about our family finances: spending tracking, saving, bond investing, home mortgage, etc when I was 12 years old. Saving I had to open a savings account when I was 12 after I …Read More

FIRE.155 Claiming your Place by the FIRE

I’m thinking way out of my knowledge zone here, but here goes… I understand that tribes tend to gather around a fire for community and cultural activities.  I heard on a podcast that the tribes often put their most experienced or most influential storytellers close to the campfire.  It’s like center stage in the tribal …Read More


In the midst of my afternoon brain-chilling, cooling, relaxing—not quite meditating time, I realized I’ve hit 8 years in FIRE.  I’m now well beyond any 7-year itch or stretch.  I was thinking, that if I were an “ordinary” retiree at age 65, then I would be into my RMD phase and having to do extra …Read More

FIRE.153 AWE-some

As a teenager in the 80s, many things stick into your core— into your expanding nature, and your nurture—just as anyone teenager’s decade.  But I never realized such a simple connection existed between terminology and its definition over the past 40 years. While traveling (driving) around the Pacific Northwest area I listened to a LOT …Read More