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Starting something new


Wow, that’s a powerful word. Invention by itself speaks to imagination and creativity. Reinvention is another order of challenge.

I’ve done it a couple of times. It’s not easy. It’s like uprooting a plant and putting it in another place. Repotting, to use John Gardner’s apt phrase.

You’re at because you’re thinking about repotting yourself in some way. We want to help. We’ve got ideas and resources to smooth the way for you.

This website itself has just been reinvented. I started it 13 years ago and after a well-received start, I let it sit and go stale. I used “don’t have time” as my excuse for procrastination.

With the shelter-in-place brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, I had nothing but time! So I’ve used big chunks of it to remodel the site. I hope it’s more inviting and useful to you.

Let us know how you’re repotting in the time of social distancing. And what you plan to do next, when we’re able to rejoin each other “outside.” Click on and let us hear from you.

Everything has changed

You’ve come to this site because you’re interested in rebooting yourself. You’re undertaking this venture at a time where a lot of the world will soon be rebooting itself. We hope.

The suggestions and resources on this website were designed for a “normal” world. Upside down is the new normal. Social distance. Stay at home. Don’t touch your face. Wash your hands. Almost everything has changed. Some content on this site may not apply right now.

With Covid-19 shutting down the economy and social life, millions are suddenly idled and trying to figure out what comes next. It won’t be a rebooting in the sense of starting something new. It will be rebooting to get back to, or close to, the status quo before the pandemic.

This will be rebooting on a scale never seen before in history. Individuals, families, communities, cities, states, nations must reinvent themselves.

What will you do to reboot? What will your community do to reboot?

Life in the safe lane

On this website, we suggest going back to school as one strategy for restarting. Well, I took my own advice recently and went back to school, although it wasn’t exactly what I originally had in mind.

It was driving school – a course for seniors whose skills behind the wheels may be slipping.

It was a pretty thorough refresher course, lasting about 2-1/2 hours and covering freeway, residential and downtown traffic.

I was encouraged to take this course by my wife, who sees my driving habits from the passenger seat and has a much more objective view of my abilities than I do. So while I was initially skeptical, it turns out she was right – the course did show me several areas where I can definitely improve, and underscored the fact that I am not the Mario Andretti that I used to be.

For example, glancing in the rearview mirror regularly to see who or what is behind you and what they are doing – closing on you, passing on the right or left, etc. It’s a way of staying mindful of your total environment. I wasn’t doing it often enough.

Another example, when exiting the freeway: don’t step on the brake pedal while you’re still in freeway traffic. Just take your foot off the accelerator, slow down to make the exit ramp, then apply the brakes. Putting on the brakes on the freeway may slow you down too fast and it also sends what could be an alarming signal to the car behind you.

And looking in the right hand side mirror (and turning around to look) before turning right at a stop sign or traffic light – there may be a bicyclist or skateboarder slipping up beside you.

So, steering out of denial and into the safe lane. The life I save might be yours – or mine!