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

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

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

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

Kudos to “Stingy Millennials”

When I first saw the headline of this article—"There’s a theory that stingy millennials are to blame for the sluggish economy"—my first thought was, "Well good for them!" The article relates that the savings rate of the Millennial generation is higher than that of their predecessors from Gen X. I've long thought that the reason … Continue reading Kudos to “Stingy Millennials”

65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!

Knowledge is money. Gain the first, keep the second. According to a poll released earlier this year by Creditcards.com, "over 65 percent of U.S. adults with debt don’t know when or if they’ll ever get out of it." Click the link below to read the story. I think much of our money woes stem from … Continue reading 65% of Americans need Life Tip #24…Really!

Life Tip #11

While you’re trying to look like them, they’re trying to look like you. 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 … Continue reading Life Tip #11

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 #73

Everything is relative. When I was younger, my friends and I went through a phase when we would say about anything and everything, “It’s all relative.” We thought we were being so clever and funny. Yet in reality, there is complete truth in that statement. Everything is relative. Things we think are awesome and wonderful … Continue reading Life Tip #73

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 #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 #59

God’s dream is not the same as the American Dream. One of my favorite American pastors, David Platt, really woke me up to a new reality just a few years ago as I listened to one of his sermons on YouTube. He said that God’s dream for us is wholly incompatible with the American Dream. … Continue reading Life Tip #59