Discover the wonders of a comic book store

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Explore strange new worlds…

Have you ever been to a comic book store?

If you haven’t heard, comic book and graphic novel sales are growing and the percentage of readers who are women is going up.

And, if you haven’t looked at comic books recently, you’ll be amazed at the variety you’ll find.

There are titles aimed at almost anyone – regardless of interest. The number and kinds of comic books and graphic novels are staggering.

According to Wikibooks,  superhero comic books are the most popular genre, the others include:

  • alternative/esoteric
  • manga
  • science fiction
  • fantasy
  • action/adventure
  • horror
  • humor
  • romance
  • children’s
  • adult

I should point out that some comic books and graphic novels are very adult – if that’s your thing. No judgment.

At many comic book stores, you can also find board games, role-playing games, posters, and all kinds of merchandise. You can also play those games with like-minded fans at a lot of these stores.

Personally, one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning is to explore all the titles and goodies at Collected Comics in Keller, Texas.

It just now occurs to me that a comic book store might be a great place to do your Christmas shopping.

If you’re looking for new worlds to discover, go check out a comic book store.

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Exploring Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin

A new interest and new friends

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the Crypto Cousins podcast which is about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

The pilot episode is online and there are other episodes coming out soon.

Since that show, I’ve been reading up on cryptocurrencies and even attended a local Bitcoin Meetup here in Dallas.

If you want to give your brain a workout, why not Google “cryptocurrencies” and hold tight. It’s not terribly complicated, but there is a lot to learn.

There is a LOT of interest in this right now – you might do a search on Meetup and see how many cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Meetups you can find in your area.

I even ran into one of the Crypto Cousins, my friend Tony Cecala, at a Meetup.

I think it’s a lot more fun to learn about this with other people.

The people I met and spoke with at the Meetup were an interesting and engaging bunch. There were successful entrepreneurs, software engineers, and investment enthusiasts in attendance.

At a lot of Meetups, someone presents a topic and there’s a Q&A at the end. This was not the case at this Meetup. There was so much passion and so many different levels of cryptocurrency knowledge, no presentation was necessary.

I kind of felt like I was drinking from a firehose. I scribbled notes furiously trying to pick up good investment tips.

The price of these currencies is really volatile, so a lot of people are trying to buy low in the hopes the price spikes so they can sell for a quick profit. Some of them claim they have made a lot of money this way.

Buyer beware!

I’m really just getting started in this and I haven’t invested in it… yet.

Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t. And, I should mention, I am not a financial advisor. This is a very risky way to invest your money. There are no guarantees you won’t lose all your money.

But it sure is a lot of fun to get out of the house and learn something new and exciting with a lot of new friends.

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Microadventures: the journeys begin

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Let’s go parading!

You’re in for a real treat today. I reached out to a writer friend for book ideas for anyone looking for interesting and unusual adventures.

Christopher Gronlund, also known as The Juggling Writer and one of the Men in Gorilla Suits, really came through for us. He’s come up with some reading suggestions that could really open your mind and maybe even change your life.

Chris understands what we’re trying to do here: get out of the house – get out of our comfort zones – and go exploring.

Which reminds me of my favorite Ringo line from the movie A Hard Day’s Night: “I’m going parading!”

That’s kind of what we’re talking about here.

Anyway, let’s get to it. Here, in his own words, is what Chris recommends:

“The first book I’d recommend is by Alastair Humphries; it’s called Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes (affiliate link). Humphreys is a professional adventurer who isn’t like, “DUDE! GOTTA LIVE IT TO THE MAX!!!”

“While he’s biked around the world and done some incredible things, Microadventures runs TOTALLY in line with your show, focusing on taking time out from busy schedules to be in the moment, even if it’s an overnight camping trip during the weekday.

“He also has a YouTube channel.

“If you’re looking for something strange and obscure-ish, James Rebanks’s The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape (affiliate link) is a good book for mindfulness.

“Some passages are soooooo beautifully written, and it’s definitely a book about appreciating one’s surroundings. “

Thanks, Chris.

Sounds like some of us have some reading – and parading – to do.

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Explore the world with podcasts

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How many podcasts have you listened to today?

One of the best ways to explore and learn about what’s going on in the world is by listening to podcasts.

Are you interested in learning about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies?

Well, there are podcasts for that.

Do you want to know more about mindfulness and meditation? I might know of a show about that.

No matter what you’re interested in or what you’d like to explore – there’s probably a podcast about it. Maybe two or three or more.

I’ve got a long commute to and from the office each day – sometimes over an hour each way.

But I’m being honest when I tell you I don’t think it’s a waste of time because I’ve learned so much from listening to podcasts.

Lately, I’ve been encouraging everyone to go out and explore the world nearby and far away. Many times, you can start those adventures by listening to a podcast.

You can indulge your interests and passions without spending any money by listening to the right shows. I can’t tell you how many times a podcast has started me on some kind of rewarding journey.

My advice couldn’t be simpler: listen to podcasts. Listen to a lot of them.

There’s no telling what you might discover about the world or yourself.

There’s a big, exciting planet full of interesting people and places out there. Why not learn more about it by listening to a new podcast?

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Your Halloween adventure awaits at a haunted house

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Is there a haunted house in your neighborhood?

Are you ready for a memorable October adventure? Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. Why not go out and explore a haunted house or two?

I’m in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and there are dozens of haunted houses and other Halloween attractions to check out in the area.

I’ve visited quite a few haunted houses – some of them can be very intense and frightening. Others are more family- and heart patient-friendly.

You can also check out haunted hayrides. These are a personal favorite of mine.

Looking for a fun place to take a date? A haunted hayride is just about perfect. You can even wear costumes!

I found several local haunted houses with a simple search on Google Maps.

You might also ask around and see if there are neighborhoods close by where they really take Halloween seriously. These neighborhoods can make trick or treating a real treat.

And why not make your Halloween outing a group event? This is definitely a more-the-merrier kind of adventure.

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Cheesy movie fun: The Demon with the Atomic Brain

Audience for The Demon with the Atomic Brain

Cheesy sci-fi goodness

Have you taken your first local adventure yet? Yesterday, I suggested checking out some local events.

Last night, I took my own advice and went out to see a cheesy movie.

How can you not have a good time when the title of the movie is The Demon with the Atomic Brain?

The Demon with the Atomic Brain movie poster

This future science fiction classic was written and directed by Christopher R. Mihm. I think this was the third public showing of the movie. That’s a picture of last night’s screening audience at the top of the show notes.

The movie is a tribute to science fiction and monster movies of the ’50s. It doesn’t take itself very seriously and is a lot of fun to watch.

The director stays busy making movies with titles such as:

  • The Monster of Phantom Lake
  • Attack of the Moon Zombies
  • House of Ghosts
  • The Giant Spider

I got a chance to talk to Christopher R. Mihm after the movie – he told me he’s trying to bring the fun back to science fiction and monster movies.

Mission accomplished, sir!

Let’s score my latest local adventure as a win. I can’t wait for the next one.

What about you?

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Adventures as close as your local newspaper

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Read all about it!

If you’re looking for your next adventure, why not start by checking your local newspaper?

Most newspapers have an “Events” or “Calendar” section – and that’s a great place to find something new to explore.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a section called Things to Do. When I checked it last Sunday, I found:

  • A list of Halloween attractions and events – including lots of haunted houses
  • A list of fall events for kids
  • A photography exhibit of 13 haunted houses from across the country
  • Lots of suggestions for things to see at the Texas State Fair
  • The Pinners Conference and Expo – sadly, it ended a few days ago.

This barely scratches the surface of the kinds of things you could explore in and around Fort Worth just by checking the paper.

Why not check out your local newspaper right now and see what kinds of adventures are waiting for you?

Let your adventures begin!

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It’s time to get out and explore

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Shake it up!

Okay, people, it’s time to shake things up around here. For the next several episodes, I’m going to ask you to do something guaranteed to change and improve your life: go out and explore.

There are so many ways we could be spending our time to create richer and better lives for ourselves. And there’s no reason you can’t start doing that right now.

Most of us get caught up in routines because it’s so easy to do. But many times, those routines aren’t good for us. Routines like coming home from work and sitting in front of the TV or wasting time scrolling through our social media feeds.

No one’s final words are “I wish I’d watched more television”.

The world out there is so big and so amazing. And too many of us are missing out on most of it.

So, that changes right now. Right now, I want you to commit to a life of exploration.

I want you to join my exploration party.

We’re going to have a great time. I can’t wait to start.

Oh, yeah, we aren’t going to wait. I want you to find something to do today.

Go online and start searching or check your local newspaper. I promise there is something interesting going on close to you right now.

Now, go out there and start exploring.

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Take a breath and unwind

autumn leaves - observe and unwind

When it’s time to relax…

Right now, I’m recording the 154th episode of Meditate with Mitch. And it just occurred to me that I ought to take a little time to unwind every once in a while.

So, today, after I finish this podcast, I’m going to sit down with a book I just picked up: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel (affiliate link).

I won’t have the television on in the background. And I won’t be playing any music.

I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the book. Even though I have no idea what it’s about. Other than about 2.3 pounds and 768 pages.

See you tomorrow.

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Improvisation is a great path to mindfulness

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Do you think you’re funny?

Yesterday, I talked about using photography as a fun way to practice mindfulness. And, today, I’ve got another fun mindfulness practice you can try: improvisation.

Yesterday, I had lunch with a talented content marketer and friend – Dan Sturdivant.

Dan’s a great guy and a digital marketing rock star. He has also studied improvisation – or improv – at the Dallas Comedy House.

If you are looking for a really effective way to become more mindful and more creative – while having a lot of fun – you ought to try improv.

As Dan mentioned yesterday, improv requires you to be fully in the moment. It’s perfect mindfulness training.

You can find improv classes and programs in many cities. I’ve been dying to try it, but my schedule makes that pretty difficult.

But, don’t follow my example. Say “yes” to improv and jump in with both feet.

The world could use more funny, creative people.

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