Iâ€™m seeing American airlines and credit card companies react to COVID by making it ever-more lucrative to be their customer/loyal fan.Â In my opinion, the best deals right now are with Chase â€“ two cards, specifically:
For earning cashback OR travel points:
Chase just made their Freedom Unlimited even more worthwhile.Â You still pay no annual fee, earn 20,000 bonus points after spending $500 in 3 months, earn 1.5 points per dollar (one of the best offers available, translates to 1.5% cash back).Â But now, they’ve increased point-earning opportunities to double points on drugstores, dining and delivery and more than triple points-earning on travel AND GROCERIES!
If nothing else, this is basically a 5% discount on groceries and 3% discount on all takeout food you order!
To stockpile maximum travel benefits:
Chase Sapphire Preferred is still the best thing to have.Â Currently a wild 80,000 point initial bonus (the highest Iâ€™ve ever seen it) and still double points on travel and dining. Â If you can meet the minimum spend ($4,000 in 3 months), it gives you the most point-use flexibility. You can redeem your 80,000 points for travel spending on the card, but you can also transfer the points and use them in a frequent flyer or hotel program. Read more... (55 s)
Iâ€™m one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans being impacted by the wildfires raging across thousands of miles in the U.S.
Iâ€™m currently coming to you from my friendâ€™s garage in Boise, Idaho, where Iâ€™ve set up a tent bedroom and toolbench office (because COVID) after fleeing hazardous air quality and fires moving ever-closer to my usual stomping grounds in Oregon.
That the fire part.
Hereâ€™s the thalamus part:
Iâ€™m finally reading The Body Keeps The Score, after a half-decade of having it vehemently recommended from many corners of my world.Â Itâ€™s an excellent treatise on what is happening to the structures inside our brains when life is less than optimal.Â My ah-ha moments to pages-read ratio is basically 1:1.Â (Seriously.Â Read it!)
I learned the thalamus in the brain combines incoming information into a coherent experience.Â Hold on to that factoid for a minute.
The thalamus is the red bit. (Perfect color – going to fit in soooo well with the metaphor I’ll eventually make. Read on!)
Thanks to my relatively new skill of noticing what is (instead of my life-long skill of noticing what should/could be), I observed many things about my mental and emotional state as I: Read more... (2:18 min)
It feels strange to offer such a niche post when I’ve gone so long without saying anything (publicly) at all.Â And yet.Â I was so captivated by some lessons at a talk I went to recently, it seems a real shame not to find a way to share them.
With an eye toward helping us feel gratitude for our past to then yield a sense of responsibility for our future, a scientist covered some of the highlights of history on earth.
Did you know: Read more... (1:24 min)
- The earth’s iron core gives us our atmosphere!Â It creates a magnetic field that deflects particles from the sun that go zooming by that would otherwise sweeping away atmosphere.Â
- Earth time is divided into eons.Â Each eon is divided into eras.Â The three most recent eras are:
- Paleozoic – meaning old life
- Mesozoic – meaning middle life
- Cenozoic – meaning new life
- We’re in the Cenozoic right now.
- Five times in earth’s history have we seen more than 50% of life die out
- at end of Paleozoic, 95% of ocean and 75% of land life was lost in great dying
If youâ€™re not into gleaning insight from othersâ€™ personal experiences, this set of words probably isnâ€™t for you.Â 🙂
I havenâ€™t written anything containing chronological information about my life since I temporarily quit the internet in May.Â Â Seven months.Â Whoa.
A month before that, I published a disjointed collection of words containing an update of sorts.Â I didnâ€™t know I was in the midst of losing 6% of my year to strep throat.
The only other 2018 public snapshot of my life was published on day 2 of the year.Â I shared my annual intentions.
Three public missives.
Thatâ€™s it for this year!
photo: andre guerra
In 2017, I wrote ten times as many.Â Why?Â I have two guesses.Â One now, one farther down the page. Read more... (7:29 min)
I do a lot of soapboxing about how critical it is to maximize control over your time and attention. Read more... (5:59 min)
It’s National Poetry month. If this is the only section of Half the Clothes you visit, you probably think I dropped off the face of the earth.
Au contraire. Read more... (1:08 min)
I understand it might seem weird to begin a New Year focused on quitting, but hang with me.Â Perhaps you’ll realize you should also quit in 2018. Read more... (4:23 min)
Oh to be finished!Â Guess how many days I “failed” this year at my 3rd resolution. Read more... (4:40 min)
I’ve spent more of these December days thinking about 2018 and looking forward than thinking about and looking back on 2017.Â However, a reflection seems appropriate before excitedly charging into a fresh batch of days. Read more... (4:50 min)
My former college roommate is about the most motivated, driven, action-taking person I know.Â He sets a goal, puts his mind to it, and gets it done with an indestructible good attitude. Read more... (6:55 min)