Circumstances aside, it’s time to weigh the proposals for your future

How about visiting Mars? Photo by Nicolas Lobos on Unsplash

Richard Nixon had two radically different proposals for space exploration on his desk back in the early seventies. He took the project that gave us the space shuttle. As it turns out, that was another small step for humanity…


Being a journalist takes spirit and grit

Journalists are a bit like Odysseus: We climb the masts of our ships and shout important information.

In Homer’s Odyssey, one of the oldest Western texts, Odysseus faces many trials on his long journey home to be reunited with his wife on the…


​Perfect meditation is a pipe dream but I’ll keep practicing

“Experiences manifest while you sit there trying not to brood.” Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

Meditation is free but hard. You are being asked to sit still or lie down in a quiet room and observe your thoughts for a set amount of time. …


You may find being vegan or vegetarian has nothing to do with social justice, lifestyle, or religion

You should ask a vegetarian or vegan why they choose to forgo meat or animal products because the root of their choice may uncover a simple lack of understanding on your part. …


Email subtext and system, it’s all in here

As a journalist, I’ve sent thousands of email interview requests over the years and wasted countless hours struggling over how to structure them, what to say, and how to say it.

Fashioning these requests used to be time-consuming and frustrating because I…


Getting interviews is a numbers game, here’s how to play it

I sent out 20 requests and got this knock-out one. Photo by Sam McGhee on Unsplash

I’d never heard of the Pareto principle until about a year ago, and then, on some podcast, it came up, and then someone else in a book mentioned it, and then, I watched a talk on YouTube, and it…


How to stick to your best-laid plans

Plan & block then breathe. Photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash

You might think that taking holiday snaps is an unlikely place to consider time management but its not. You’ve allocated time to go on holiday, and you’re fully immersed in taking pictures and having fun.

That, in essence, is time management. I plan…


Starting out as a freelance journalist I was forced to write one, and I’m glad I did

Business plans are useless. That’s the prevailing wisdom, but then I did one, and the benefits now outweigh the time and pain it caused me.

The German government is generous in helping anyone…


I did the minimum until I figured out how to get more reading in

Does my bookshelf look a little non-fiction heavy?

Several years ago, I challenged my wife to a reading competition to get my general reading up. She’s a formidable adversary, devouring roughly a book a week.

I don’t remember the exact tally, but it was…


I protect people’s anonymity because otherwise, they won’t talk but it severely complicates my work as a journalist

Rule number 1: try to get someone to go on the record. …

Johannes K.

I muse on being a journalist, author and on life. Husband. Father of two beautiful girls. Tennis & CrossFit.

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