When I was in my twenties, my favorite footwear was cowboy boots. At that time in my life—such a long time ago now—I preferred Wrangler jeans and a pair of unadorned and scuffed Tony Lamas. Just about any sort of shirt would do, but I was especially drawn to those with pearl snaps rather than … More These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking
When they were young, my kids really loved the kiddie rides at Funland in Rehoboth Beach DE. It’s extra special there because many of the rides have been maintained for several generations. As a kid, I rode and loved some of the same rides my daughters did. One of our favorites was one we called … More Death, Daughters & Kiddie Rides: A Lesson
Intention is powerful energy that allows you to satisfy a need, be it material, relational, emotional or spiritual. It is a source of positive energy that allows you to create or fulfil a dream. Many people think that only by taking action you can achieve your goal or get what you want. However, intention is … More Action without Intention never Gets You to Your Destination
Look at this guy! Standing there in a pond full of flowers with an old, student model trumpet in his hands; bell facing the busy road, leaning back, aiming the notes to the sky. That’s confidence! … More Confidence: Mettle In Metal
If you’re a long-time reader of my blogs, you know that I spent about two decades living the life of an expatriated American. I am proud of that time in my life. I first went abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer, to Poland, not long after the collapse of the Soviet system, and then lived … More Beware: Garbage In, Garbage Out
In order for help to be given, help must be accepted. Are you open to both giving and receiving help? … More Helping Others: Can You Dish It Out But Not Take It?
My wife and I take care of a few feral cats that live in our neighborhood. They move quietly and gracefully into and out of our backyard and remind me of lithe shadows. We feed and water them, and when it got summertime hot back in early June, we constructed a crude but effective cat … More Goodbye Spunky
What learning how to run taught me about life. … More Running: It’s Not About Actual Running
A reckless driver almost took me out, but it was my fault? Seems to be the way these days, and it’s weakening us as a society. … More Un-Reproachable Us: Your Faults Are My Fault?
An Suess-style Poem to Inspire Your Best Life I’m not really into poetry- unless it’s from my poet-hero, Dr. Suess. Nobody else, in my mind, has his ability to deliver both serious messages and goofy fun with such imagination and humor, while maintaining a simplistic poetic structure. I think he’s a genius and an inspiration. … More Get Started!
Look around. Notice the first stranger you see. What do you think about them? What jumps to mind? What assumptions do you make? Now imagine that person as part of your family; a son or daughter, brother or sister, maybe one of your parents. Can you switch perspectives? How does doing that change your initial … More How Do You See People? Developing Empathy