Updated August 28th, 2023 from my home in Phnom Penh. It’s the middle of the rainy season here. Rainy, hot, and humid.
My daughter is unschooled. I like to help her follow her interests, so this is an area where I research, read, and spend time with her.
Finished moving. Just need to organize knicknacks now.
My mom will be coming to visit from Mexico in a couple of weeks. It’s been more than 5 years since we saw her and we’re looking forward to it.
These next months I’ll be focusing on our KPR’s, online business development, SOP’s, hiring, training, and supervising new staff.
After a couple of months of undisciplined exercise, I have restarted. Two days the first week, four days the second week, hopefully back to 5 or 6 this week. I’m also joining a “yoga for martial arts” course which should have an interesting focus on hip opening exercises.
There’s a yoga teacher course starting in a couple of months that I’m thinking whether I’d like to take. I’ve thought for a while that it could be a plan B for later in life. Worst case scenario, I can teach yoga as an old man, stay in shape, and earn some money. Best case scenario, I can teach yoga as an old man, stay in shape, and earn some money. Sounds like a good plan B.
I’ve managed to write 14 posts in the last couple of months. I’ll try to keep it up.Currently Reading or Working With
I haven’t opened a book in the past two months. It was just too hectic with the move and I also didn’t feel like it.
One Peaceful World Cookbook by Alex Jack & Sachs Karo
- Wonderful macrobiotic vegan recipes. I have tried a dozen of them so far and none have disappointed.
Smart Choices by John Hammond, et al.
- Interesting premise.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution by McPherson et al.
- Reading this as a sequel to Christina Wodtke’s Radical Focus, which I enjoyed.
The Unschooled Unmannual by John Holt
- Interesting observations on the way children learn.
The Art of Living by S. N. Goenka
- I Read this as a preparation for a 10 (12 actually) day silent meditation retreat. Interesting book. Interesting retreat. Somewhat cultist, but gave me interesting takeaways. The book by itself may not be interesting without the retreat.
On Being a Teacher by Jonathan Kozol
- Pleasingly subversive reading. Although the target readership are teachers, it was a worthwhile book to read as a parent with an unschooled child as well.
Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich
- A thought-provoking book. Read it for the second time as I thought I needed a refresher.
How Children Learn by John Holt
- Interesting read.
Patria 1 by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
- Mexican mid 19th century history by a left wing intellectual. An interesting read and part one of a three part series.
Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold by Krishna Das
- I love to listen to his chants. The book did not disappoint. Krishna Das is a man of true devotion.
Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass
- I have a nuanced relationship with the thoughts of Ram Dass. Interesting guy. We don’t see eye-to-eye on everything, but I enjoy reading him. His thoughts on vegetarianism on this book are disappointing, to put it mildly.
The Surrender Experiment and The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
- Really enjoyed reading both of these books.
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