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The Beach Bar Blog

By Doug Hall

The Beach Bar Blog is a collection of conversations – like those at our Beach Bars in Newtown, Ohio & PEI, Canada.  

The conversations are an informal mix of insight, wisdom and just plain foolishness. 

Highlighted Conversations / Blog Posts

Beach Bar Blog Recent Posts

Believing in Better is a Choice

This week on my morning jog around the Beach Bar Lake, I turned the corner, stopped and snapped this photo. The scene struck me. It offered a path. It offered hope to those who believe that tomorrow can and will be better than today.  For reasons I don’t fully understand, it also reminded me of a quote from The Empire Strikes Back - after Yoda raises an x-wing from the Dagobah swamp: LUKE:  I don’t believe it.          YODA: That is why you fail LINK to Video...

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Get Up! Get Out! Do Something Different!

I find that fall and spring are both filled with hope and opportunity. Part of this comes from being born and brought up in Maine, New Hampshire and Prince Edward Island.   Both spring and fall are times for rebirth. Both engage a ritual of putting away one set of clothes and pulling the next season’s clothes from the back of the closet. With the crazed world of today, rebirth is something we all need more of. We need to restart and disengage from the political and covid “noise” that can...

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Thankfulness – An Antidote for Tribalism

Talk around the Beach Bar over the past week has been about the anger inherent in tribalism across today’s world.   When we are THANKFUL we embrace the good in the world.  When we are ANGRY we digest the bad in the world.    Expressing anger makes us feel good in the moment - as our ego is stroked and we feel a sense of belonging to our tribe. However, the good feelings are shallow and destructive. Thankfulness provides a lasting warmth to our body, mind and soul. It...

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Cooking Advice for Living Life

A recent quote by chef Jacques Pepin on cooking is great advice on LIVING and INNOVATING, especially in a Covid world: “Cooking / LIVING / INNOVATING is the art of adjustment.  It is not always about following the recipe.   The recipe is a guide but also a restraint. When you cook / LIVE / INNOVATE, you cannot just follow the recipe, you have to adjust to the product / SITUATION that is in front of you.   The pears / ENVIRONMENT might be more or less ripe, more or less juicy,...

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Charles Dickens & Mindset

Lexi feels it’s the BEST of TIMES! Around the campfire recently, we talked about how happy our dog Lexi is with Covid-19.  She gets more walks and gets to hang out with us all day. The conversation reminded me of the famous Charles Dickens quote: "It was the BEST of times, it was the WORST of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything...

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Ignorance & Meatballs 🙂

Feeling ignorant of what to do? Feeling ignorant on how to plan for the future? You’re not alone… In a recent interview, Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame offered advice on dealing with ignorance:   “We don’t value our ignorance enough. Ignorance is really good to have if it is combined with curiosity, and scientists are professional curiosity machines.  We should all imitate that as much as possible.” Replacing the anxiety of feeling ignorant - with the wonder of curiosity is a wicked cool...

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The Nature Fix

This past week the temperature retreated from the 90s to a more reasonable 70s and low 80s.   As the temperature came down, I’ve been getting outside more.   I’ve been jogging around the lake, kayaking, swimming and eating outside more. In the process I’ve rediscovered something I learned last summer about the restorative nature of being outdoors. Being outdoors more each day has been up-lifting.  I said rediscovered because I first learned this last summer when I read the book...

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What Matters

A new mindset is growing on what matters and what doesn’t.  As the sun sank down over the lake at the Beach Bar recently, the conversation turned to how each of us has changed our mindset on what matters and what doesn’t. With the new mindset, what used to be considered “annoying” has changed.   When you hear of friends who are sick with COVID, or worse, you change your perspective.  Someone cutting the line in front of you in the grocery store just doesn’t matter. They may be...

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Sailing with the Winds

Today it’s time to put away the motor boat and enjoy sailing. Motor boats are direct. You simply point the bow, give it some throttle, and off you go from here to there.  Sailboats are indirect. Sailers work with the wind that is available. This makes sailing a more mindful experience than a motor boat. A Problem with Wind Shift The Beach Bar in Cincinnati is at the northeast end of the lake. The winds normally blow from the opposite, southwest, end of the lake. This means that after...

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My Advice – STAY HUMAN

As I sipped coffee on the dock as the sun came up, my mind was bouncing through the latest news of the day and my reality.     No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find solutions to the cascading issues, uncertainties, and unknowns. I snapped the attached photo as the lake lit up in beauty.  After another sip, I laughed to myself as I was reminded of the first few weekends of our hand sanitizer donation program. As people expressed their thanks and wonder that we were giving it...

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