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Gary Wimsett, Jr. - Issue #10

Coffee! And Tomahawks.

Gary Wimsett, Jr.

April 1 · Issue #10 · View online
The High Five goes out every Friday morning - just in time to jump start your weekend. I'm handpicking five things I think you'll enjoy discovering, listening to, or thinking about as you head out to do great things.

Coffee! And Tomahawks.

Amir gazes at meat.
It’s hard to overstate the benefits of walking - at least in my own experience. Running is fine. I’ve run off and on, never well or fast, for a number of years, and if that’s your thing then run yourself silly. But something happens during a long walk that’s special. This article on walking is illustrative. Walk more. You’ll be more interesting. Some of you will need to walk more than others.
Listening to Courtney Barnett a bunch this week. She’s an Aussie rocker. This track is a good place to start. I love the line “give me all your money and I’ll make some origami honey”. Her whole album, “Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit,” is strong from start to finish. Not many like that anymore.
Money is weird. Studies suggest you need enough but not too much. Here, Oliver Burkeman, who wrote one of my favorite books, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinkingtalks a little bit about our complicated relationship with luxury items.
For me, having enough money means having enough to be able to buy some tomahawks! This looks like it might become my newest hobby. Swing by for a haircut.
I’ve pretty well licked my chronic low back pain - at least for now. Thanks, Rex! But that doesn’t mean I’m not constantly on the lookout for some good “pre-hab” and this 7 minute routine seems doable.
This is Water, by David Foster Wallace. Don’t even know where to start. What to say. If you’ve never clicked a link, I’m asking you to set aside 9 minutes for this one. DFW is no longer with us but his commencement speech, set to this short film, always will be. I watch this a few times a year.
High Five Announcements!
Our first High Five Announcement! High Five reader (and contributing writer) Bryan D kindly responded to my request for a special community offer:
This is fun - Bryan’s 3 elementary school aged kids started a subscription coffee company! And we’re talking about the good stuff.
Freshly roasted, whole bean, specialty coffee, delivered to your door! If you buy some and brew it, I’ll come over and read the High Five to you in person. Not really.
You may choose a type of coffee, or let them decide for you. You choose the quantity of coffee, you choose the frequency of delivery.
20% Discount during the month of April for the High Five Community using code: AprilHighFive
Discount remains for life of subscription.
U.S.A. (& APO/FPO) only
Currently roasting/shipping:

  • Bob-O-Link Brazilian specialty coffee. Grown by deeply passioned community of biodynamic minded earth healers. This is a long story about total well being via forest restoration. Bird sanctuary, food forest & coffee, what’s not to love. This coffee is processed utilizing the pulped/natural method. If you’re intrigued you can read all about the group, and this particular coffee here: here: Notes on Bob-O-Link: Nutty aromatics, subtle sugar cane sweetness. $19/12oz Retail

  • Kenya - Nyeri - Rutuma - Kianjogu AACoffee grown on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Highest quality green beans to be found in the region via super strict processing stages. Winner! Notes: Fruity mild berry acidity, red wine body- silk berry smooth (no such thing as silk berries) $18/12oz. Retail

Keep in mind, there are few things more critical for a successful cup than the grind! So Stepping Stone Coffee also is offering 10% off Baratza grinders. They offer the full line and shipping is included in price (U.S), just like their coffee. Coupon code is same: AprilHighFive

* Big thanks to Bryan and his brood for reaching out like this. Since I am in the disclosure business, please note I have no financial interest in Stepping Stone Coffee or anything I ever link you to in this newsletter, for that matter. I hope you’ll like some of the books I’ve pointed you to but you can usually get them at the library.
I do hope you’ll give Stepping Stone Coffee a try, though. How cool is it that these kids are getting to learn about running a business while also learning about other cultures and good stewardship!
Have a great weekend,
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