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Top Five Blogs of 2023

Top Five Blogs of 2023

As we head into 2024, I’d like to revisit five blogs that resonated most with readers this past year: The Value of Mentorship In this blog, I talk about my greatest mentor: my dad, Bill Mackey. I have no doubt in my mind that Whole Foods would have failed in its...

John’s Must-Reads: Fall 2023 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Fall 2023 Edition

As fall is coming to an end, I’d like to share a few books I’ve read and have really enjoyed: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker As a perpetual optimist, this book is one of my favorites! I would even claim that this is the most important book that has been written in...

John’s Must-Reads: Alpe Adria Trail 2023 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Alpe Adria Trail 2023 Edition

Back in August last year, I set out to hike the Alpe Adria Trail. The trail runs 466 miles long and consists of 43 stages, traveling through Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. Unfortunately, after two weeks of hiking, I developed a painful shin splint in my left leg that...

Lesson #71

Lesson #71

I always try to be open, whether that’s open to new people, new ideas, or trying new things. Doing so allows you to learn things from other people, about yourself, and about life that you may not have been exposed to otherwise. This mindset has surfaced many important...

70 Lessons for 70 Years

70 Lessons for 70 Years

In honor of celebrating 70 trips around the sun today, here are 70 lessons I’ve learned along the way: 1. Be optimistic.2. Go on a hike.3. Eat fruits and vegetables.4. Read, read, and read some more.5. Eat beans! 6. Prioritize sleep.7. Be open to friendships with...

John’s Must-Reads: Summer 2023 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Summer 2023 Edition

Although I’m an avid reader all year long, there’s something about reading in the summer that is so enjoyable. Personally, I tend to travel more, so I often find myself able to read more on the go and in new and exciting places. Whether it’s an audiobook during a road...

Appalachian Trail Notes

Appalachian Trail Notes

Long-distance hiking is a great passion of mine. I love being able to disconnect and enjoy the beautiful nature around me. Although I have enjoyed hiking for the majority of my adult life, I developed my passion for long-distance, ultralight hiking after thru-hiking...

John’s Must-Reads: Appalachian Trail Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Appalachian Trail Edition

I am an avid reader, typically reading or listening to three to six books at a time. And guess what - this doesn’t change while I’m out on the trail! During my recent 200-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, I read several very interesting and engaging books that I...

John’s Advice for an Aspiring Long-Distance Hiker

John’s Advice for an Aspiring Long-Distance Hiker

While packing for my recent hike on the Appalachian Trail, I started thinking about things I wish I knew before getting into long-distance hiking. I had a lot of experienced friends who helped me early on, but I also learned a lot of lessons from my own trial and...

John’s Five All-Time Favorite Movies

John’s Five All-Time Favorite Movies

In addition to being an avid reader, I also love movies, television, podcasts, and listening to music. I have always believed that consuming these forms of entertainment can teach us so much about life, ourselves, and the world. Everyone loves a good story, and there...

Why I Always Root for the Underdog

Why I Always Root for the Underdog

I am a great believer in the underdog.  I think this stems from when I was a little kid. I was always a bit young for my grade and was physically smaller than the majority of my classmates. Being a little different isn’t always the easiest - I was the “smart kid”...

John’s Book Review: The Three Languages of Politics

John’s Book Review: The Three Languages of Politics

I recently finished reading The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides by Arnold Kling. This is a short book at only 155 pages, but very much worth reading.  Kling’s analysis shows that the three primary political philosophies in...