7 1/2 Billion Universes

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

Dharma Diet – Available Now!

“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!

Life Tip #172

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

Life Tip #169

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

Life Tip #168

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

Life Tip #138

Your life’s purpose may sound insane to most people. One man’s insanity is another man’s dream, after all. But in the end, if you fulfill that dream, that purpose, you just might inspire others to pursue and find their own. Center of the World, Felicity, CA My son and I experienced two examples of this … Continue reading Life Tip #138

Life Tip #176

The next best thing could turn out to be the best thing. Unfortunately, we can’t always afford the greatest travel destinations that we want to visit, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing the next best thing. Call it Plan B or whatever, but do it anyway. Sometimes the secondary options turn out to be … Continue reading Life Tip #176

Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”

This article speaks for itself: Dutch fence off tulip fields to stop selfie-takers crushing flowers. Come on people! We can do better than this! It reminds me of a great quote from the Simon Pegg movie Hector and the Search for Happiness: “There’s a big difference between being here, and being here to be photographed … Continue reading Earth: “See, this is why we can’t have nice things…”

Life Tip #4

Your life isn’t limited to six steps. Our lives don’t have to go like this: Step 1: Survive youth and high school. Step 2: Get a college degree, and/or… Step 3: Get a job that turns into a passionless career. Step 4: Get married, have kids, then get a house and lots of other stuff. … Continue reading Life Tip #4

Life Tip #173

Don’t cry about the hand you were dealt. Play it to the best of your ability. We may have been dealt a bad hand, but we still have a choice as to how we play the hand we were dealt. I was dealt a pretty good hand, in that I could have gone straight from … Continue reading Life Tip #173

Life Tip #166

Perspective! “You kids don’t know how good you have it!” This is one of the lamest things we say, but it is still funny, and true. There really is a lot of truth to the “how bad it was when I was your age” advice, relatively speaking. This Life Tip could be its own book. … Continue reading Life Tip #166

Life Tip #111

Get out and experience how the other halves live. Most of us grew up—or currently live—in a community where everybody not only looks pretty much the same, but also falls into the same economic and cultural categories. This is the natural way that neighborhoods and communities are built up, like it or not. I would … Continue reading Life Tip #111

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 #127

“Go West, young man” still applies. In many of his books, but most notably in The Americans series, historian Daniel Boorstin chronicles some of the famous and not-so-famous risk-takers who helped to build up our country. In the book The Americans: The National Experience, Boorstin compares the social classes of early America with the social … Continue reading Life Tip #127

Life Tip #142

Instead of focusing on living longer, make the years you live more meaningful. When I was a young adult I used to look forward to insightful and inspirational columns by a Catholic priest, Father Lou Guntzelman, in the county’s weekly newspaper. In one column, Father Lou was reflecting on how we are desperately focused on … Continue reading Life Tip #142

Life Tip #263

Travel to places and have adventures that are both unique and awe-inspiring. This should include adventures that are a little kooky and off the beaten path. That’s where we really learn about ourselves, by experiencing very different scenarios than we are accustomed to. That’s when we learn how different parts of the world function, how … Continue reading Life Tip #263

Life Tip #202

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 #202

Life Tip #35

The best teachers are our experiences. We often hear the question asked, “Who was the teacher that made the most impact on your life?” When I pondered this question recently, I really had a hard time thinking of anyone. I was not a standout student. I viewed school as a necessary evil, and I probably … Continue reading Life Tip #35

Changing my Tune on Millennials

For a while there I was like many Gen Xers who piled on "those lazy Millennials." But the more I observe them, I find myself changing my opinion of them. First it was the generalization that Millennials are shunning the old notions of big-ticket property ownership. You know, cars and houses. As I murmured "phthth" under … Continue reading Changing my Tune on Millennials

The Few Books that Shape my Life

What do Willy Loman, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ivan Ilyich have in common? I’m currently working on my own first book project, and the thought occurred to me that a handful of books I’ve read have significantly shaped my life. I feel lucky to have grown up when schools still made you read some of the … Continue reading The Few Books that Shape my Life