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Babylon, Belmont, and the banner years that followed.

Hey friends. It’s been awhile. There are lots of reasons that words seem to evade me these days but that’s another time and another post probably for an entirely different blog. Before you read further, will you take 4 minutes and 29 seconds to watch David Gray sing? (Yes I know… it’s a Howard Stern clip. (As an aside) He has THE BEST music guests and quality on the internet right now. Prove me wrong.) You watch it? That song was off David Gray’s 1998 album White Ladder. It was then re-released a few years later which gets us to…

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You’ve been dying to know, haven’t you?

I get asked all sorts of questions about business, coffee, coffee business, start ups, community building….. I was thinking about this the other day and realized that maybe I could take some time and answer those questions you have been DYING to ask in blog form. Cool? So, here is the deal. I want to field your questions. All of them. Any of them. Those questions that you have been wanting to know the answer too for years. Those EVOKE questions. Why we did things that we did. Why we didn’t do things that seem to make sense. Questions about…

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You are 9. Happy Birthday

The first weekend in May will always be special. Not only does my dad turn a year older, it also is the weekend we opened EVOKE. May 1st, 2012. That was the day that felt like the beginning and the end and the in between all at the same time. That’s strange, I know. But it is true. May 1st, 2012 ended the long planning process (you know, that 10 or so years of dreaming I’ve talked about before). It started the next phase of my coffee life and a time for which I had no idea what was coming.…

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The Exchange – An Oklahoma City Entrepreneurship Club

Tomorrow, March 29th, I have the honor of joining a great group of entrepreneurs to talk some real talk. I will be jumping on to talk with the members of The Exchange to talk about life, business, and to tell a bit of how my story has played out so far. The Exchange is creating a community for entrepreneurs who want a new way to network. I think this is going to be good! As I say often when talking to folks about my story – I’m an open book and all I ask in return is that when we…

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Uptown Espresso and that Velvet Foam.

Coffee post for you on this Friday! I bet you thought I did not write about coffee these days after the past few weeks. Sorry – coffee still is all over my brain and this morning it smacked me upside the head as I walked out on the sidewalk around 6:30a. It never fails. When my feet hit the pavement in the early hours of a crisp, wet day, my mind ends up at Uptown Espresso – a long time Seattle coffee staple . that I guess is now owned by Fonte Coffee Roasters (that was news to me –…

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Honestly? I’m sick and tired.

The truth? I’m sick of living in a town that refuses to install crosswalks in front of all community schools under some lame excuse of a “gap study”. I’m sick of living in a town full of parents advocating for child safety while running neighborhood stop signs, texting and driving, blocking what crosswalks we do have, and never yielding to pedestrians (even in front of schools). I’m sick of people thinking the answer to traffic in town is to add streets and lanes. I’m sick of people honking because I’m not walking fast enough across 5 lanes of traffic with…

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I don’t want to hear it (and you shouldn’t either).

I hear it a lot. I hear it at City meetings. When talking about opening new businesses. On bicycles and skis. At the dinner table with my kids. I hear it everywhere and I decided something. I hear it because we aren’t willing to put in the effort to make it possible. It got me thinking to a time when I was sitting in a meeting with many of the City’s leadership staff. I remember telling one of them to stop telling me that what I thought was best was impossible but, rather, use that energy to tell me all…

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This is not the end of our story.

I talked a few days ago about this idea of living with less. A time to declutter physically but also mentally. Spiritually. Holistically. A chance to start anew and to really begin to feel the freedom to live out the life we have wanted to live. Dreamed to live. I don’t know where I heard it but through the noise of an afternoon at the house, I remember hearing this quote. It popped in my head so clearly and I’ve been trying to unpack it ever since. “This is not the end of your story.” Feeling stuck. At a dead…

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Are we better with… less?

Throughout our married life, my wife and I have always teetered on this balance of “less” and how our lives might be better without all the stuff. In fact, we even downsized a handful of years ago with our two sons from about 1,700 SF to less than 900 SF in order to try and “force our hands” into this idea. We had our third son there as well but had the opportunity to move into a bit better location and “bigger” house and took advantage of it a couple of years later. We had this idea dream that we…

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Lost in his words: When Breath Becomes Air

I’m working hard right now. Hard to connect and feel connected. Hard to keep pushing towards my goals, a healthy life, betterment. Last night, I was looking for a book to read in the 1 hour I’m trying to “unplug” prior to bed. I felt restless with the stack on my nightstand and my wife Jenni suggested I pick up a book she had read a few months before. Why not. It was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize so it had to be good. I flipped through the first few pages, reading the…

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