Open Loops 8/15/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along


On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

This week I highlight articles on Kindle’s new unlimited ebook rental service; defosting a steak quickly; precrastinating; a powerful tip for decluttering; getting locked into your expenditures; 15 easy life skills; brightening someone’s day; habits that steal happiness; talking and listening; sending yourself notes in the future; starting on goals; and the science behind achievement.


Simplifying For Storm Preparation


We got hit with our first major storm of the season in July. Living on the coast, tropical formations pose significant threat. Arthur could have been much worse than it was, hitting land about 2 hours south of us. But luckily, we escaped damage.

Interestingly, I found that hurricane preparation for the outside of the house is now streamlined. We know exactly what needs to be secured where, and I was able to do all of the preparation by myself in about an hour. This does not mean that we have nothing outside, though; we enjoy and use our outdoor space frequently.