Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

Podcasts Shayne Currently Loves, Part 1

How can anyone not love podcasts? They teach. They entertain. They make excellent use of time during long commutes.  This is the current list of podcasts I enjoy. I have several more interesting ones queued to check out soon, but this is the current list. Freakonomics Freakonomics has been my favorite for several years, ever […]

Don’t Wait

The reason I’m stuck at this crossroads, the reason I feel trapped is that I waited.  I procrastinated.  I’m not saying I’d be rich if I’d kept up this blog since I started it, or any of the other blogs I’ve started.  I don’t know.  If I hadn’t waited, at least I would know.  If […]

Get Your Kicks

One of the biggest goals throughout my entire life has been taking Karate.  We couldn’t afford it when I was a kid.  I couldn’t find the time after college, or maybe I was a little pre-occupied with less productive activities.  I always dreamed of being a black belt though. About 20 months ago, a few […]

How a Blog is Like an Old Friend

A blog can be like an old friend. It is so easy for a few days to turn into a few months between visits with your friends and posts my blog. For example, my previous post was October 1, over a month ago. It has been a few weeks longer than that since I’ve seen […]

Painting and Purging. And Painting. And Purging

I think I’ve mentioned painting and working on our house a few times. “What’s up with that,” you ask? I’m glad you asked. It will give you a break from our particular brand of digestion. Because of my wife’s arthritic knees, stairs have become an enemy. We need to move to a smaller, one-story dwelling. […]