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Peter Koehler

Notes on Mexico City

When I go to a new city, I like to ask people who have been there before if they have any recommendations. I know lots of people do something similar. I think it's a shame those recommendations often never make it further than a private conversation or email exchange.

I was about to email my family some notes on Mexico City, but then I . . .

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November 19, 2017

Don't Get Defensive. Get Curious.

You know that feeling when someone contradicts you, or says something you believe is wrong, or ignorant, or offensive?

If you pay close enough attention, you can literally feel it: your jaw tightens, your breath becomes more bated, your heart rate might go up, and you may crinkle your face, or tense your shoulders.

This is the physical . . .

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November 13, 2017

The most hopeful bridge in the world

A Parable of Rush Hour Diplomacy

There is a bridge in Portland called the Ross Island bridge. It’s a relatively nondescript bridge architecturally. It’s not very pedestrian friendly. Sure, there are some nice views, but nobody is writing home about the Ross Island Bridge.

But maybe they should be. Because tucked away at the west end of the bridge is one of the . . .

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October 18, 2017

Are You a Type 2 Person?

Think about the last time you worked out hard.

Was it fun while you were doing it? Hell no.

It was probably somewhere between bearable (“Come on Pete! Only 6 more minutes. You got this.”) and terrible (“I can’t do this. Yes I can … look I’m still moving. Maybe I should stop. No! I got this.”).

Then think about how you felt when you . . .

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October 09, 2017

6 everyday things that bring me joy

1. Two Twin Comforters instead of one Queen/King (for couples)
This has been a game changer for my sleep. As someone who is sensitive to temperature and movement, having my own twin comforter instead of sharing a big one has made a noticeable difference. As a side sleeper, it’s also nice to have my own blanket I can pull and put between my . . .

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October 06, 2017

Change is Coming

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance”

Alan Watts

Change is coming for you.

Change doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor.

Change doesn’t care if you’re happy or depressed.

Change doesn’t care if your CEO or unemployed.

You can resist change, or you can dance with it.

Resisting . . .

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October 01, 2017

It's a Package Deal

You are you.

The way you are anywhere is the way you are everywhere.

The way you are at work is the way you are at home.

The way you treat your waiter is the way you treat your spouse.

The way you react to a bad call on the court is the way you react to your kid when you feel frustrated.

How we do anything is how we do everything.

It’s a . . .

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September 27, 2017

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