It started at 12:30am. I woke to the sound of pounding, far louder than any sound my two-year-old would make in the middle of the night. I jumped from bed and as I lumbered to the front door the knocks got louder. I picked up my pace to stop the knocking and hopefully keep my little girl from waking from the sound. Little did I know at that point, my kid waking up in the middle of the night would have been the least of my concerns. It was my neighbor Rob at the door. He lives directly across the street. He asked if I had heard about the fires, and suggested I might pack up the valuables in case we had to run. I tossed on my robe and walked to the middle of the street. That’s when I found out what we were up against. https://www.instagram.com/p/BcWC8Fcn403/ You could see the flames jumping off the hillside just over a block from my home. I was looking at the Thomas Fire. Just before bed, we saw a news alert that a fire had started in nearby Santa Paula, about 10 miles from home, but we didn’t expect it to impact us. With only two hours of sleep, I started monitoring the news and walking in and out to see if the fire was moving closer to our home. News was scarce in … [Read more...] about The Craziest 72 Hours of My Life: Fires and Babies
When I started thinking about what to say in a d’var Torah for Rosh Hashana, my first thought was to read the Torah portion. When I was reading, though, I had another question come to mind. Why are we reading this story today? As we know, odds are that many Jews in the world only catch two Torah portions a year, so Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the Torah’s days to shine. When it is your big moment, why pick this story out of the many, many options we have. We could spend the day reading about Kashrut. We could spend it reading about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. But we instead spend it focusing on something else completely. And one of those highlights is the birth of Isaac, the first person in the world to ever be born Jewish. In Judaism, there is a big focus on ends and beginnings. We do that every week on Shabbos, when we celebrate the end of a week. We can look back and reflect, kick our shoes off, and enjoy a good l’chaim with friends and family as we rest and recharge for the next one. Rosh Hashana is very unlike Shabbos in that regard. We were not together yesterday kicking off our shoes and relaxing to celebrate the end of another year. Instead, we are facing … [Read more...] about D’var Torah – Rosh Hasahana 2015
We recently invested in a D-SLR camera, which stands for digital single lens reflex. SLR cameras are the big ones that you see people carry around with the giant lens on the front. I am super excited about how it has been so far. Here are my first publish worthy shots. … [Read more...] about SLR Cameras Take Great Pictures!
On my birthday three years ago, I was at my favorite downtown bar for a few beers with close friends. Little did I know I would be enjoying one of the greatest beers of all time and would never get to try it again. … [Read more...] about The Story of Isabelle Proximus
In October, I attended the third annual Financial Blogger Conference. At FinCon, I hosted the second annual Ignite FinCon speaking event, and took to the stage for my own five minutes of glory. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about How to Be Kind of a Big Deal
A while back, I started a new web project with a friend, Jeff from Sustainable Life Blog, to create a niche website that makes money. I just found out that we have officially made money! I wanted to have a profitable niche site by the end of 2012, which was a life list goal, and I am pleased to report that we have easily passed the hurdle point. The site, all about elk hunting, is a collaboration of Jeff’s knowledge and my research on the topic. Jeff is a passionate elk hunter, and I am passionate about making money. I was happy to put in time and research to help build a useful and reputable site about elk hunting, though I have never been hunting myself. Jeff focused primarily on hunting rifles and recipes. I focused on articles on elk hunting in specific states, mostly in the Mountain West of the United States. I learned all sorts of things about elk hunting laws and regulations. I had no idea what you need to do for a hunting permit, now I know what to do in five different states. I would not go as far as to say I am an expert in elk hunting, but I am an expert in building websites. I put in a lot of time on images, headers, and placing Google AdSense strategically around … [Read more...] about Life List Goal – Create a Niche Website That Makes Money
I recently had the opportunity to plan and speak at Ignite FinCon, the Ignite event at the Financial Blogger Conference. As we were in Denver and I could talk about whatever I wanted, I took my five minutes in the spotlight to tell everyone "Why Denver is Way Better Than the City You Live In." Enjoy the video below. … [Read more...] about Why Denver Is Way Better Than The City You Live In
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Ignite Denver, and my video is now live. If you want to find out how to start a blog that doesn't suck, make sure to check out my talk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eROxfVuUXVI … [Read more...] about How to Start a Blog that Doesn’t Suck