This started off as a Facebook post. I kept trying to condense it down, but I inevitably had to leave important details out.Somebody asked a little while after I posted my last Facebook status about making blogging my career in 2017, “how do you make money...

It's been a long time coming. I've finally landed and it feels so good.The Downtown Dweller started back in early 2013, when I sought to craft a blog and an online presence that personified my ideal life - that of a downtown dweller. Now, who...

Finding meaning is at one time or another a core desire in everyone's life. It kinda helps you define what you're here to accomplish, which trickles down from macro to micro, to the point of determining literally what you do with each and every moment....

[caption id="attachment_953" align="alignleft" width="300"]San Francisco by luca.sartoni / CC BY SA San Francisco by luca.sartoni / CC BY SA[/caption]Unless you live under a rock, you are surely aware of the plight those of us fortunate enough to fall under the umbrella of “GenX/GenY/Millenials” are facing.We amass mountains of debt getting degrees that either 1) don’t help us land a job, 2) get us a job where we’re underpaid & overworked, or 3) we never use at all. We are told we probably won’t have it as good as our parents, let alone have more opportunity than our parents have had. They (whoever “they” is) say we are so addicted to technology that we lack the skills to interact on a face-to-face, personal basis with anyone. Some of us have given up on having relationships altogether because they’re too much trouble to negotiate and/or endure.It’s certainly not the glamorous life. Plenty of times, it’s barely the tolerable life. And for those of us who fall into the underpaid & overworked category, if you make it to your mid-30s without being on meds for high blood pressure, anxiety, or depression (or some combination thereof) you fall into a shrinking minority. Health insurance? Yes, please – it’s a 21st Century necessity. But I digress….

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