The sailing lifestyle in Kansas (plus, my favorite YouTube sailing channels)

Over the last six months, I've become somewhat addicted to YouTube sailing videos. There are lots of channels created by people who gave up the rat race, bought a boat, and started the "cruising life" full time. I'm not going to abandon my own life for the Bahamas anytime soon, but I've noticed some things about the videos I admire most -- how the people live their lives -- that I can probably duplicate in Kansas.

They do a lot of yoga. There's not a lot of room on a small boat for a workout program. Lots of the video people do yoga pretty regularly. As I get older, I increasingly realize a stretching routine saves me pain, increases flexibility, and generally gets me through the day with a better attitude. No reason I can't do this on dry land.

They read a lot. If you're on a long passage, there isn't a lot to do -- most people don't have wifi in the middle of the ocean, only connecting when they get near land in a marina or while at anc…

This is why journalism is necessary, vital and completely doomed as a business model

This is familiar:
As a service to all our readers, unlimited access to Hurricane Dorian coverage on is available throughout the duration of the storm.  We are working to keep our readers safe and informed during this time. Throughout Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath, the Miami Herald will be providing you with South Florida’s most complete coverage of the storm. Please stay up-to-date with, our mobile apps, newsletters and daily e-Edition. Our team will be providing continuous news, photos, videos and stories throughout this severe weather event. Journalism is the only business in the world that makes its product free just as demand goes through the roof.
There's a reason for that: The public service aspect of journalism outweighs the moneymaking aspect in times of crisis. But it's a reason why purely market-based approaches to saving newspapers probably won't work.

Make Blogging Great Again

I keep seeing this “blogs were better” sentiment on Twitter lately.

I agree! But we’re not forced to use Twitter. If you like blogs better, why not…start blogging again?

Getting healthier: How to keep moving when part of you hurts

The pain in my right foot flared up, just a teensy bit today, so I only spent 10 minutes on the treadmill.

Not really a full workout. (Right now, as I get up to speed, I'm trying simply to move a half-hour a day.) But I'm not ready for a weights day. What can I do?

How about the arm ergometer?

The ergometer is basically an arm bicycle machine. And mostly, it's designed for the old and the injured.

Me, I'm injured. Not just the foot -- that should go away. But my torso is pretty badly broken, the result of some invasive surgeries I had nearly a decade ago that saved my life but left me, ulitmately, less than whole. Finding a good exercise regime since then has been difficult: So much of modern exercise is based on strengthening the core and I don't really have core muscles anymore. Yes, this sucks. But it's also the way things are. So.

The ergometer is a great machine. It isolates movement pretty much to arms and shoulders. I don't get quite the aerobic work…

Getting healthier: Energy begets energy

I've done a better job in 2019 of exercising regularly than I've done since, well, the couple of years right after 9/11. I've not lost weight, but I feel better and my mood is noticeably better when I've had some physical activity. (Who notices? My wife. I'm not mean when I get down. But I definitely get down.)

Alas, I'd had a slowdown over the previous few weeks. And it mattered tremendously. Somehow, I injured my right heel working out - I think it was the bad use of a couple of machines I normally never use - and stayed out of the gym for a little bit. My energy went - I could barely stay awake during most the daylight hours. My spirits declined drastically. It felt like I was going into permanent decline.

Then, on Thursday night, my wife took me to the gym.

It was kind of her. (Sometimes I need that little bit of help getting started. I appreciate that she offers it.) So was her advice: "If you can only do 10 minutes, do 10 minutes."

That's abo…

Reader response: Are immigrants 'invading' America? (No.)

In response to my "End the Border Patrol" column for The Week, a reader who identifies himself as a retired Air Force colonel writes:

What we have on our nation's southern border is no less than an invasion. An invasion of people trying to enter this country illegally--i.e., against the law. And who makes the laws of this country? You know good and well--Congress. So, we obey the laws that exist and if Congress wants something else, than they should DO THEIR JOBS.

Attila the Hun invaded Western Europe with fewer people and this nation cannot let its borders and sovereignty be disregarded as being done by these modern day invaders.

There's more, but you get the idea.

My response, in part:

I thank you for your letter, but I must strenuously disagree with your use of the word "invasion." As a member of the military, you surely know better.

If war is politics by other means, than an invasion is pointedly and purposefully political: A concerted attempt to commandee…

This is a pretty lousy argument against reparations

I'm not sure how an effective reparations program would work, but I do know that this is probably about the worst argument against it:

The room grew raucous at times, with spectators hissing at Republican witnesses and Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana, the subcommittee’s senior Republican, when he spoke against the measure. In a comment that rippled throughout the hearing, Mr. Johnson suggested that great black leaders like Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington thought African-Americans should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. 

“Those great leaders encouraged people to take responsibility for their own lives, because that gives every human being a greater sense of meaning and satisfaction,” he said, adding that the bill “risks communicating the opposite message.”

 It's the old "bootstraps for thee" argument, and it presumes that whites have achieved their greater wealth by dint of hard work and grit, so why can't African Americans do the same? …