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!

Lies We Tell Ourselves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life Tip #76

Empathy is the best, nay only, way to move about this world full of people. People, right? You can’t live with them…. People can really be annoying. People can really tick us off. People can really be first class jerks. I used to always see the bad in people and get irritated or angry with … Continue reading Life Tip #76

Life Tip #48

Always put your family before money. Scenario: Your great-paying job forces you to be on the road 100 percent of the time, but at the same time your middle- to high-school kid is having difficult, even dangerous, times back at home. Then you get an offer for a new job where you can be back … Continue reading Life Tip #48

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 #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 #163

Be kind to our homeless brothers and sisters. I realize that there are many homeless people who scam us, some who make us nervous, and even some who seem ungrateful. But the vast majority of homeless people need our kindness, and they need that as much as our money if the truth be told. Look … Continue reading Life Tip #163

Life Tip #164

Give, and volunteer, in secret. Above all, give without expecting anything in return. Give without expecting a thank you. Give without expecting attention. I puke a little bit in my mouth every time I see a so-called “random act of kindness” that just happened to get filmed on someone’s smartphone, which then just happened to … Continue reading Life Tip #164