A few months back I came to a realization, not some great epiphany but a simple awareness of something that had long gone unnoticed; for the past twenty-plus years I have never lived in a place longer than two years.  I’ve always known I was a bit of a wanderer, but had never really paid attention to how deep than wandering nature ran within me.  Continue reading


This Is What Systemic Risk Feels Like

Chaos, plummet, turmoil, crash, Black Monday.  These are just a few interesting words I picked out of todays financial headlines.   “Wow!”, I can hear you exclaim, “It must have been a really rough day!”  My response; “It sure was.  That 3.5 percent drop was gut-wrenching!” (insert sarcastic tone here)  Continue reading

The Stoic’s Spending Revealed: February Edition

Reporting my expenses here has definitely helped bring more consistency in tracking my expenses.  As I mentioned before, I slacked off a bit last year in tracking personal expenses when I started working for myself in the summer of last year.  The goal wasn’t so much about setting out to change my spending habits, although I would love to see my “food” expenses reduced, but to have hard numbers based on the way I live so that I can properly plan for how to cover those expenses when I no longer have to work. Continue reading

The Stoic’s Kitchen

Cooking is something I really started getting interested in when I was living in Saudi Arabia.  It may have started with my desire to make some of the amazing flat breads and hummus I was eating at the time.  It’s also where I first started flirting with eating more like a vegetarian, inspired by a friend I met in Oman.  I started experimenting more and more with grain and vegetable based meals and continue to do so.  Cooking remains an activity that brings me a great deal of joy and since it’s my most expensive category of spending each month, I thought I would share with you guys some of the things that are cooked in The Stoic’s Kitchen. Continue reading