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The five-year-old business traveler

AirBnB + homeschooling makes bringing the family along on extended business trips possible. My wife Elizabeth, my daughter Esther, and I live in a tiny Missouri Ozarks town — Elizabeth’s home town. I work with companies and organizations all over the world, usually spending about 1/4 or 1/3 of my time on the road. When they’re […]

My office in the Ozarks

When we moved to my wife’s little home town, there was just one problem: our house was tiny and I had no place to work. Elizabeth went on Craigslist and found me a luxury shed. It took several local guys to get it into the backyard, but now I’m all set up. The shed has […]

Hillbillies vs. street preachers vs. hippies vs. hipster Christians

“First Fridays” is a wanna-be yuppie tradition in the artsy neighborhoods of most U.S. cities. Art studios open their doors. Free wine is poured. The young and the pretty celebrate the finer things in life. In Springfield, Missouri, however, hillbillies, street preachers, and basically any young person looking for trouble, cashed the party. Now it’s just one big, […]

Hipsters with guns

Just like you, hipster friends, I get my single-origin fair-trade pour-over coffee from guys with handle bar moustaches and beautiful full sleeve tattoos. BUT in my universe, the tattoos are scenes from the Old Testament, the coffee shop is a project of a hardline neo-Calvinist church startup, and the dude with the handle bars is […]