Life Tip #11

A New York Times story from 2006 described how Asian women were endangering their health with illegal creams. A survey in the story showed that four of every ten women in major Asian countries (Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan) use various skin-whitening creams. The story piqued my interest because I had … Continue reading Life Tip #11

Life Tip #169

I am sure you have heard the “boiling frog” fable. If not, it is a brief fable that can be applied to many areas of our life. The fable tells us that if you try to throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will quickly jump out to avoid being boiled alive. … Continue reading Life Tip #169

 Life Tip #134

Avoid anything that comes with the appearance of being a financial quick fix. My wife and I, when we were a very young couple, were more than a little tempted with various schemes, including the selling of health supplements or peddling medical billing services. Thankfully, we turned these schemes down before it was too late. … Continue reading  Life Tip #134

Question Everything

How many of us have ever had a "Truman Show" moment? If you've seen the movie The Truman Show, which stars Jim Carrey,  you'll recall the end of the movie, when Truman discovers that all his life has been a façade. It was a very powerful scene, where most of the TV show viewers were … Continue reading Question Everything

Life Tip #271

The American Idiot: This next Life Tip is for anyone who might find themselves in the position of the “American Idiot.” I own the rare distinction of experiencing my two most embarrassing moments within the same 24-hour period. They both happened in Europe. I guess our most embarrassing moments are more likely to occur when … Continue reading Life Tip #271

Life Tip #93

This Life Tip is more or less a shout out to a guy you simply must check out if you ever need a “kick in the pants” version of motivation on self-sufficiency. Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the many people whose YouTube videos and podcasts I listen to on my pre-dawn walks. He’s a social … Continue reading Life Tip #93

Life Tip #80

While it still feels strange for me to say this, I now believe that going to college right after high school (if at all) is not the best option for everyone. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my son, it isn’t for many people. Today’s young people just need to look up from their … Continue reading Life Tip #80

Life Tip #189

Write your own script. Don’t let others, or circumstances, or your past set the agenda for your future. Don’t let your mom, or your dad, a friend, or a sibling write it for you. Don’t even let your significant other write it for you (although I strongly suggest that you include your significant other in … Continue reading Life Tip #189

Life Tip #18

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 holiday break. The guest actually said, “Now that … Continue reading Life Tip #18

Life Tip #72

Why is it the “norm” to root for your city’s baseball team in the summer, football team in the fall, basketball team in the winter, and then start all over again with baseball in the spring……for years and decades until we die? Why is it the norm to watch the popular TV shows year after … Continue reading Life Tip #72

Life Tip #70

I simply must drop one of my all-time favorite inspirational quotes right here and now. The Life Tip speaks for itself: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with … Continue reading Life Tip #70

Life Tip #24

Residents of a particular Cincinnati suburb, close to where I once lived, were jokingly referred to as “the Peanut Butter and Jelly Rich.” When I heard that term, I was thinking what you are now, “What in the world...” Peanut Butter and Jelly Rich refers to those people who are so concerned with appearances of … Continue reading Life Tip #24

Unwitting Child Abuse?

This is not new news, really, but interesting to hear coming from an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who is also the medical director for the Cincinnati Reds, takes parents to task in this article—It's Child Abuse—about the abuse we subject our kids to in the sports world. He insists that "our fascination with winning, getting free … Continue reading Unwitting Child Abuse?

When Parents Are the Ones Addicted to Their Phone

We "intelligent" adults go on and on about how technology is ruining our kids. But are we sure that we aren't a big part of that problem? Could be... Read about a recent study by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: Parents Who Are Addicted to Their Cell Phones Affect Their Children's Development.  

Because They Could

A Cautionary Tale by Kurt Borne They made fire, because they could. They realized the effects were good. But they never considered how exactly it was that they could. They were just happy that they could. They learned to write and share ideas, because they could. They thought, "Since we can it must be good." But they never stopped … Continue reading Because They Could

Fulfilling Other People’s Dreams

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Kurt Borne No matter your opinion on the current NFL Players vs. National Anthem debate, I think the far bigger question is, “Why do we spend so many hours helping to fulfill the dreams of others?” Those others being the overpaid players and coaches living their dreams on the … Continue reading Fulfilling Other People’s Dreams

Should You Bring Mom and Dad to the Office?

Employers Are Embracing the Involvement of Parents to Attract and Hold On to Talent By Anita Hofschneider September 11, 2013 Paul From was used to meeting the spouses and children of employees at company events. As chief executive of Central Wire Industries, a manufacturing firm based in Perth, Ontario, he has long held regular baseball … Continue reading Should You Bring Mom and Dad to the Office?

American Life Planning in a Nutshell

Brain, Interrupted

By Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson May 3, 2013 Technology has given us many gifts, among them dozens of new ways to grab our attention. It’s hard to talk to a friend without your phone buzzing at least once. Odds are high you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading this article. Just try … Continue reading Brain, Interrupted

The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

Now, I don't think I need to preface this with the caveat that Homer is the perfect example of what NOT to do, and how NOT to live. I just couldn't resist sharing some of his best quotes. These just make me laugh at how not to live. (I guess I would suggest that whatever … Continue reading The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson