My two favorite things to do on Saturday morning, after I’ve had my coffee, is to write a few pages and then go to the gym for a few hours. It occurred to me this morning that there are quite a few similarities between the two activities. Let me explain: Hygiene: Powerlifting is an important […]Read More How blogging is exactly like strength-training
The inspiration for this stems from a something I posted recently regarding regrets and a subsequent post I read on Stuart Danker’s excellent blog. If you think about it, our biggest regrets are those times when we simply “gave up” or chose the easiest solution, the path of least resistance. Conversely, one of life’s enduring […]Read More The key to happiness is daring to suck, and suck badly…or the mystery of motivation.
This post will be little different, but in a good way. The purpose of this post is to acknowledge regrets, learn from them and maybe have a little fun along the way. Dwelling on your regrets is morose. I’d hope that maybe, just maybe, a reader might possibly learn from my mistakes but if I’ve […]Read More Regrets, I’ve had a few…
This post is not about how to blog. At this point in the game, I don’t think I’m qualified to opine on the art of blogging. If a blogging “how to” is what interests you, this is the most cogent blog post, from the uber-talented and prolific Cristian Mihai, I’ve read on the subject thus […]Read More What a year of blogging has taught me.
To those of you who started reading this post because you are fans of Richard Farina – my apologies. This post will not discuss his seminal novel of the same name/title (see above). For some reason when I sat down to ponder reverse culture shock this phrase/title literally popped into my head. Score one for […]Read More Been down so long looks like up to me
The purpose of this post is share my all time best literary “finds”. My definition of a “find” is a work that is not mainstream but undeniably brilliant. These books are, in my opinion, masterpieces. A masterpiece is, in my experience, a book that is usually not very accessible at first but once […]Read More The best books you’ve never read
How old do you feel? How old do you look? If you’re past the age of 40, in your minds-eye, what version of you is your self-image based on? Maybe this is a purely masculine thing, but if I was honest my “mental avatar” is me, albeit circa 29 years old. I mean that is […]Read More Aging, self-image and weight-training
This post has been ruminating for some time now and has been inspired by conversations with my kids, some great feedback I received a few weeks ago from a fellow blogger and, believe it or not, the latest Chris Rock special on Netflix. Chris has this riff about how bullies provide an essential part of […]Read More Obstacle or opportunity?
Over the last few years I have realized that I tend to watch more Youtube content than I do mainstream TV. My habit began when I realized that YouTube contains some fairly solid powerlifting content. Then I discovered a number of good cooking resources, some excellent podcasts, alternative journalism and down the rabbit hole I […]Read More Down the Youtube rabbit hole
As a seasoned traveler and a person who has lived in 12 fairly different countries, I tend to embrace a bit of culture shock and see it as a positive experience. I embrace it precisely because years of experience has taught me the potential pitfalls and also the hidden joys of being immersed in a […]Read More 5 hard-earned tips for alleviating culture shock