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Would You Love a Pair of Jeans Travelling All Around the Planet?

Some time ago I saw a nice pair of jeans in a shopping centre, which were not even expensive. However, there was no label indicating its origin, where they were manufactured, basically I could not see the “made in”. It should be an obligation by law and curious as I am, I decided to start a small investigation, first by asking the shop owner, who … Continue reading Would You Love a Pair of Jeans Travelling All Around the Planet?

Let Me Get This off My Chest

I’ve been putting off writing this for weeks, maybe months. I’ve been reluctant to admit that I’m going through a tough period right now.  For the first time in my life, I’ve been having something similar to a “mid-life crisis,” but that’s not it exactly.  I’m not sure there’s a name for what’s been bugging me. You see, even now, I’m beating around the bush.  … Continue reading Let Me Get This off My Chest

Why Write in the Age of AI?

In a comment on a recent post about learning, a person asked my opinion about new technologies called Open AI (artificial intelligence) and ChatGPT. This software is causing quite a stir in academic realms and has even made CNN and Wall Street Journal. Douglas Rushkoff, a supporter of humanity and critic of modern technologies, discussed some of the real dangers of the software, as opposed to many surface-level … Continue reading Why Write in the Age of AI?

Question of the Day (Inspired by the Red-headed Stranger)

I’m currently reading The Tao of Willie:  A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart, with “Willie” being the great Willie Nelson, musician and songwriter extraordinaire. As you might guess from the title, the book, coauthored by Nelson and Turk Pipkin, elucidates the singer’s philosophy of life, which was strongly influenced by Buddhist and Taoist tenets, and includes lots of autobiographical details. In one of … Continue reading Question of the Day (Inspired by the Red-headed Stranger)

Wise & Shine Podcasts in 2023

In October of last year, Wise & Shine started a podcast.  In the weeks ahead, we’ll be recording new episodes for your listening pleasure.  Tuesday will be the day we publish new podcasts to the site.  If you haven’t already done so, please have a listen to our recordings from 2022. We are interested in hearing from readers and experts who’d like to be a part … Continue reading Wise & Shine Podcasts in 2023

New Podcast:  What Can the World Learn from Africa?

In the latest installment of the Wise & Shine podcast, I talk with Billy Osogo—one of our writers and a brilliant young man who lives in Nairobi, Kenya—about what the world can learn from Africa.  In Billy’s very insightful response, he tells me about “Ubuntu” and a variety of other subjects.  Have a listen and enjoy! Continue reading New Podcast:  What Can the World Learn from Africa?

Want to Sober Up? Try Nature

Ego. Stature. Money. Talent. Race. Power. Gender. Religion. All the things we love to hate and hate to love. These things account for all the division, toxicity, and bile in our lives. They have a magnifying effect. Especially when one is benefiting from any (or a combination of these) they invoke a ‘larger-than-life’ aura. You know these chaps. From the politician who thinks they are … Continue reading Want to Sober Up? Try Nature

New Podcast:  Soaring Over the Clouds with David!

On Wise & Shine’s newest podcast, I have an entertaining conversation with David (known as “AP2” on this site) about flying airplanes, writing, art, fatherhood, regrets, and other topics.  After listening to our talk, check out David’s  writing, including “Why I Write,” a piece that got 514 likes when it was first published. Continue reading New Podcast:  Soaring Over the Clouds with David!

Podcast:  How Free Are We?

Are Americans freer than Europeans?  Find out when Troy Headrick and Cristiana (“crisbiecoach”) have a thought-provoking discussion on freedom, enslavement, choice, possessions, money, and a variety of related topics.  Continue reading Podcast:  How Free Are We?

Speed of Personal Development

Hello there! I hope everyone had a good start to their week! I just finished reading ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma. I had a couple of issues with the narration but what I want to talk about here is the issue with some of the content. Overall, I think the author had good intentions and wanted to convey as many ideas … Continue reading Speed of Personal Development

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New Podcast Today!

Hi!  We’ve just posted a new episode of the Wise & Shine podcast.  Have a listen as I talk with the uber-talented and insightful Art Russell.  In this podcast, we attempt to answer the question “What’s Really Important?”  Thanks for tuning in!  Continue reading New Podcast Today!

That’s Punny!

I’m pretty upset with myself.  I grew up in the Austin area (and yet!) I never once heard of El Arroyo restaurant, not until a few days ago. Since the 1980s, besides serving fine Tex-Mex cuisine to countless customers, the eatery has been posting imaginably funny and clever signs in its parking lot.  In fact, if you search for the restaurant on the internet, you’ll … Continue reading That’s Punny!

Define the problem

Hi there! How are you? Sometimes, unexpected news that can change our entire life comes and shocks us. What I noticed in those moments is that they do not always devastates us. In fact, sometimes, I deal with these kinds of sudden changes better than smaller adaptive changes. Why? I think the answer lies in labeling. When the change is noticeable enough (big and sudden), … Continue reading Define the problem

David’s “Walking Lunches”

I want to tell you about a fellow named David, a retired educator and part-time tutor of mathematics who works in the Math Learning Center, a place just down the hall from the Writing Assistance Center, the place I manage and often mention in blogs I write for Wise & Shine. David is one of the most relentlessly positive people a person is ever likely … Continue reading David’s “Walking Lunches”

Building the Muscular Mind (Final Installment with Exercises)

Note:  I’ve included some thinking exercises in this piece, toward the second half of the blog.  Please participate in completing those and leaving your answers in the comment section. I hope you don’t feel that I’m beating a dead horse here, talking so much and with such passion about thinking.  It’s just that I’m reminded that Marcus Aurelius once said:  “The happiness of your life … Continue reading Building the Muscular Mind (Final Installment with Exercises)

The Wise & Shine Podcast:  Coming Attractions

If you’re a regular reader, you know I’ve been posting recently about the new Wise & Shine podcast.  We’ve published four episodes, and I’m working hard to plan and record others.  Our goal is to begin posting a new episode each Tuesday.  I’d like to preview a few upcoming episodes.  This weekend, I’ll be talking with Wynne Leon, one of our writers about two topics.  … Continue reading The Wise & Shine Podcast:  Coming Attractions

Building the Muscular Mind (Installment Two)

I apologize for the lateness of posting this.  I had an unexpectedly hard time finishing the follow-up to my first installment.  I actually completed it more than a week ago, but I didn’t feel good about what I’d written.  It felt like the tone was all wrong.  I was being too strident and too dark, so I ended of scrapping the entire first draft and … Continue reading Building the Muscular Mind (Installment Two)