Peter Koehler

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

What's on your scorecard?

In basketball, the scorecard is easy: Whoever scores more points in 48 minutes wins the game.

In cooking, the scorecard is slightly more complex. It includes price (how much did the ingredients cost?), time (how long does is take to make?), health (is it good for you?), and deliciousness (does it taste good?). When you master all four . . .

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August 29, 2017

Technology Etiquette

11 rules for modern people

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 1. As a general rule, put your phone away during meals with other people. Not on the table. Out of sight, sound off.

2. For a further challenge, put your phone away during meals alone. Read, listen to a podcast, or just eat and notice your surroundings.

3. If you are expecting a truly important and time-sensitive call or text . . .

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August 23, 2017


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