In times of trouble such as those we are currently in, with the Corona Virus scare and the stock market tanking, it can be hard to look at the bright side. A great article, Coronavirus Care: Amazing Acts of Kindness during a Pandemic, shows how there is not only hope out there but that we … Continue reading Being the Calm in a Storm
UNIVERSE: Hey America, I’m going to give you a test. AMERICA: Looking up from cellphone screens: Ummm, okay.... UNIVERSE: Let me drop a toolbox full of wrenches into your daily life, and let’s see how you handle it. For starters, I’ll take away most of your fun events and activities. Oh, I don’t know, let’s … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it. How do you feel?
I've been thinking about what kind of book I want to write next, as I have several themes in my head that are clamoring for expression. I recently spent a weekend in the reclusive seaside town of Cedar Key, Florida, and then I saw the article below about the Diderot Effect. These seemingly unrelated incidents … Continue reading A Book about Less
My wife and I just returned from a short weekend visiting old friends in the Florida gulf coast town of Cedar Key, where our friends annually spend the winter. Cedar Key is a tiny burg that sits more than 20 miles from anything resembling a main road, and more than 60 miles from Gainesville, anything … Continue reading When Simpler is Better
In a recent health story, "Half of Us Face Obesity, Dire Projections Show," a team of scientists predict that nearly 1 in 2 American adults will be obese by the year 2030. That's just 10 years away. The graphic below shows our current state; I have seen these stats shown in numerous other sources. I … Continue reading Gobbling toward Obesity
How I used a consistent diet of positive messaging to help me "easily" lose 35 pounds in 6 months...
Among other changes I've made over the past six months, moving to a primarily plant-based diet has resulted in a number of positive changes that I am absolutely thrilled about. To help me lose, as of this writing, 35 pounds (20% of my total weight), I have cut almost entirely from my diet anything dairy, … Continue reading Obvious Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Feeling a need to revisit “the basics,” I decided to open up one of my most valued books, Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I can’t even guess how many times I’ve read this treasure; it's one of those books that can define your life. Right there on the first page I discovered, for the first … Continue reading 7 1/2 Billion Universes
I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, losing 30 pounds in recent months. And being more in tune with issues of health and nutrition, news' stories on the matter jump out at me more than usual. So when I saw this recent TMZ article about comments made by the famous Dr. Mehmet … Continue reading “Part of This Nutritious Breakfast”
Paperback Now Available Great news! Both versions of Dharma Diet are now available—in paperback and Kindle. I wrote this little book as a means to share the remarkable success I had last year in finally, finally losing the 25 pounds that I had been trying to shed for over 20 years. When I ultimately stumbled … Continue reading Dharma Diet
I'm just wrapping up my latest book, Dharma Diet, which will be on sale in about a week. One of the major themes of that book is how we continue to think that the answers to our problems lie "out there" somewhere, when in fact many of our answers lie within ourselves. In the case … Continue reading More Trouble in Paradise
“I lost 30 pounds in 4 months, and it was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done!” ~ Me Silly name but a serious concept, this little book—Dharma Diet—is what every fad diet lacks. They say that 95% of dieting attempts ultimately fail, because people either quit before reaching their goal, or they regain … Continue reading Dharma Diet – Available Now!
Dharma Diet - Post # 8 Well, I actually made it! As of December 18th I had lost 30 pounds in just 4 months: from 172 to 142. Unfortunately, I will likely have gained a few pounds back since we are in the middle of Christmas and New Years. I'm going to allow myself to … Continue reading 30 Pounds in 4 Months
He is who He says He is. This Life Tip comes from an interesting case made by C.S. Lewis, when he put forth the idea that Jesus must either be who he says he is, or he must be a lunatic that needs to be locked up. Lewis points out in his book Mere Christianity … Continue reading Life Tip #60
Dharma Diet - Post # 7 In my book Dharma Diet (due out for the new year), I discuss many of the lies that we tell ourselves about dieting and weight loss. One of the greatest fibs we tell ourselves is that "it's too expensive to eat healthy." I think the reason we believe this … Continue reading Lies We Tell Ourselves
You can’t buy your kid love and happiness. On a morning news program several years ago, on December 26th, there was a news segment entitled “Getting through the Holidays” that had been running for several weeks. On this particular day, the newscaster and a guest were discussing the problem of entertaining your kids during the … Continue reading Life Tip #18
Dharma Diet - Post #6 A quick update on my Dharma Diet. Today is Thanksgiving day, and just two days ago I reached my goal...already. In just 100 days I lost 25 pounds. (I like to think of it as 30 pounds, for if you read my earlier post about having to lose 5 pounds … Continue reading 25 Pounds in 100 Days
Experience gratitude…in your head, in your heart, and with others. For a final note on gratitude, the next time your brain is about to complain about what you don’t have, keep the following story in mind. Right after my son graduated from Navy boot camp a few years ago, he told me a story about … Continue reading Life Tip #172
Be more like Carlitos. On a recent cruise throughout the Caribbean, my wife and I spent a full, glorious day in the tiny country of Belize. We crossed the entire country on a tour bus to visit some amazing Mayan ruins, followed by a traditional Belizean lunch. Just as remarkable as the ruins was the … Continue reading Life Tip #169
Like me, you probably start feeling more gratitude than usual at this time of year, what with Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the other year end holidays. With that in mind, I think a few of my Life Tips on this subject of gratitude are in order... Life Tip #168 - The grass is often … Continue reading Life Tip #168