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

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 #43

Seriously question whether the university is the best place to get an education. College degrees ain’t what they used to be, folks. Even the so-called highly-educated person today isn’t truly educated, in traditional terms. On today’s college campus students learn so much specialized information in their major field of study that they aren’t getting a … Continue reading Life Tip #43

Life Tip #41

Invest your time into your children’s education. When it comes to starting your kids on the right path in terms of getting a strong education and being motivated to learn, try this technique: Stay on your kids’ butts every single day, checking and helping them with their homework. Do this every single day of the … Continue reading Life Tip #41

Can You Read This?

"Two-Thirds Of U.S. 4th Graders Are Not Proficient In Reading" My first thought when seeing that headline was, "What the $#@*& is wrong with our teachers today?" But after reading the article, and after thinking about the issue for more than a tenth of a second, my less reactive thought is to wonder if our … Continue reading Can You Read This?

Life Tip #98

Don’t be a grasshopper. Be an ant. I would love to credit the person who came up with the original version of this some years ago. I’ve updated and genericized it to make it as apolitical as possible. Enjoy! THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER — CLASSIC VERSION The ant works hard in the withering heat … Continue reading Life Tip #98

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 #90

Don’t be a greyhound. Here is a "question everything" allegory for you: There once was a million-dollar winning greyhound racing dog. All of a sudden, one day, he decided to quit racing. When asked why the sudden decision to quit, the dog said, “After all that running and running and running, I finally realized that … Continue reading Life Tip #90

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

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

 “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." ~ Sir Isaac Newton ~~~~~ All of my giants have fallen. In the first half of this year, I’ve lost the most towering figures in my life. First, we lost Grandpa Charlie Stangl, and while only my grandpa-in-law, he … Continue reading Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Anything We Put Our Mind To

My source of unconditional love, my go-to person for getting grounded, my Dad, passed away last night surrounded by family. He got in one final, solid nap before the big party in heaven began. Dad taught me many things during our time together, more by his example than by words. Yet there is one thing … Continue reading Anything We Put Our Mind To

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 #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

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…”

Keep an Eye on the Ivory Tower

Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but it looks like we need to keep a closer eye on the ivory tower. Click to read this recent story about an unethical university researcher fabricating data in order to garner research funds. Should we be concerned that this was one of those that got caught, yet there … Continue reading Keep an Eye on the Ivory Tower

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 #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

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 #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