It’s the end of the world as we know it. How do you feel?

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?

A Book about Less

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

When Simpler is Better

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

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

“Part of This Nutritious Breakfast”

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”

Dharma Diet

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

More Trouble in Paradise

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

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!

30 Pounds in 4 Months

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

Life Tip #18

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

25 Pounds in 100 Days

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

More Lies from the Food Industry

Dharma Diet – Post #5 Perhaps it's appropriate that I address the specific lie named "sugar" on the week of Halloween, our day of ultimate sugar celebration. What’s in a Name? We all know that candy is primarily comprised of sugar. But you'd be surprised to learn just how prevalent sugar is in our every … Continue reading More Lies from the Food Industry

Lies from the Food Industry

Dharma Diet – Post #4 Even before I started my Dharma Diet, I had begun paying more and more attention to what I consume, both food and drink. In recent years I discovered a plethora of documentaries about dieting, weight loss, and the food industry available on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Redbox, and … Continue reading Lies from the Food Industry

Dharma Diet Details

Dharma Diet – Post #3 I am almost three months into my self-named Dharma Diet, and I've lost about 18 pounds total, bringing me to 154. Every pound I lose takes me into previously unchartered territory. It really is very exciting, and in these posts I am trying to bring you up to speed on … Continue reading Dharma Diet Details

Life Tip #83

You can’t move forward until you get real with yourself. One reason that it is so hard for adults to learn and grow is that we refuse to be real with ourselves. We need to admit—fully admit—what is wrong with us. These are probably things we already know deep down but have been hiding from. … Continue reading Life Tip #83

Food & Beverage Clarity

Dharma Diet – Post #2 In my previous post (Dharma Diet Post #1) regarding this weight loss journey I'm on, I shared that I had lost 15 pounds in just 3 1/2 weeks. I posted that on Friday, September 13th. I had a conundrum facing me that coming weekend (September 13-16). I had planned for … Continue reading Food & Beverage Clarity

True Enlightenment = Easy Weight Loss

Dharma Diet - Post #1 Something happened to me recently that I am still having trouble explaining, even to myself. Over the past month or so, I've lost 15 pounds without hardly trying. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has been one of the easiest things I've ever done. I really think … Continue reading True Enlightenment = Easy Weight Loss

Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us

While today there is much political debate about Labor Day, labor unions, minimum wage, etc. I want to refrain from joining that particular debate. Rather I would like to simply point out some of the great social change that resulted from the rise of the labor movement. Changes to laws regarding child labor, immigrant labor, … Continue reading Labor Day: What a Tad Bit of Research Can Teach Us

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 #97

No one ever welfared their way to success! When I was young, I worked one summer for a landscaping company. In his pickup truck on the way to one of our jobs, the owner told us about a phone call he got from a guy responding to his Help Wanted ad. The guy asked the … Continue reading Life Tip #97