By: ajbarse | October 18, 2018

"A Walking Tour Through Downtown Bellingham"  By Geoffrey Redick on KNKX


"...We wanted to get a sense of what it’s like to live in Bellingham, and why so many people have chosen it as their hometown. That’s what Chris Powell and A.J. Barse did. After they graduated from Western Washington University, they found the place was too familiar to give up. Now they’re strong advocates for the “city of subdued excitement.”


http://www.knkx.org/post/walking-tour-through-downtown-bellingham?fbclid=IwAR09D_GK4pXaelPrLDAyDUOZobELzUL5hxSUBH6TRtjCr1_rZ7ijjdF6iHs

By: ajbarse | October 18, 2018

Kaizen, or Continuous Improvement, is the second topic Chris and AJ cover in their Word of Note mini series. Not from a design standpoint, or how to make a better product; but from the perspective for how anyone can seek out change small changes for their personal good. All that and more, and your favorite PNW aficionados are four episodes away from their 100th!.



From Toyota's Blog (http://blog.toyota.co.uk/kaizen-toyota-production-system): “*Kaizen* (English: Continuous improvement): A philosophy that helps to ensure maximum quality, the elimination of waste, and improvements in efficiency, both in terms of equipment and work procedures. Kaizen improvements in standardised work help maximise productivity at every worksite. *Standardised wor...

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By: ajbarse | October 12, 2018

Summer has taken its last curtain call, and autumn brings that desire to be warm and cozy. Are you wanting to experience...“a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.” The Danish folks have a term for this: It's called Hygge. AJ and Chris talk about what makes up Hygge for them here in the PNW as part of their new mini-sieres "A Word of Note."



What is Hygge?
From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygge).

Who has talked about Hygge?

From Vice News (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl74ybpyNLk). ”Also been called Socializing for Introverts.”
A Danish native. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hZ-5dTUpgk) “A better and more relaxed version of yourself.”
From the Today show (https://www....

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By: ajbarse | October 12, 2018

Chris and AJ will be back...and with a new mini-series that they are working on. Words!
Stay tuned and tune back in in two weeks.

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By: ajbarse | October 12, 2018

The last episode of the 5 part mini series by AJ and Chris on the PNW State Of Mind. This time, your PNW duo is looking at bookending diet, with exercise and how that reoccurring theme of finding your inner discipline has been woven into each of the episodes in this mini-series.

*On this episode* -  

The primer:

  * There isn't one- dovetails back to the first episode in this mini-series
  * Rejoin the DGR : https://www.gentlemansride.com/rider/barse

Health and fitness

@Chris - DIY Walking Route for your 'hood

Activities that doesn't require being the Hulk or the Flash

* walk, and I mean everywhere. From parking in the back 40 at the grocery store, to walk to your nearest village.
* gardening
* see our previous series on The Urban ...

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