career advice from the Tao

In times of reflection I sometimes turn to the Tao Te Ching (the book of The Way), written by Lao-Tzu, for guidance. Over these past several days my thinking has taken several synchronistic turns and I realize that the path I chose to walk several years ago is still the path I am on. It seems though that over the …

do you think that’s air you’re breathing?

My wife thinks I’m crazy. My friends shake their heads in bewilderment. Even the cats look at me funny. Why? Because I get up in the morning between 4:00 – 4:30am each day apart from the weekends when I generally get up between 5:30 – 6:00am. Getting up at such a crazy hour for me is the best time of …

relaxing in the hills

Many months have pasted since my last trip to the hills.  My work schedule hasn’t been that permissible this year.  It’s kind of a hard sell to the wife to be away all week only to come home unpack your suitcase and then pack your rucksack and head back out the door.  That doesn’t tend to go down well.  But …

four of a kind

It amazes me the tiny towns literary festivals tend to pop up in.  I spent the afternoon at the Woodstock Literary Festival.  Woodstock, of course, conjures up in my mind thoughts of the Woodstock of 1960’s fame where the iconic images of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll revolution were born.  The Woodstock I found myself in today is …

who would you be if time, money, and resources were not an issue?

Create some space right here right now that you can step into right now and be who you want to be and do what that person would be doing right now…let go of any mind made pressures or obstacles… Who would you be?  And what would you be doing? Who you are is who you are right now.  And in …

what the internet knows about you

We all love the Internet.  Find out what the Internet knows about you.  And if you’re feeling a bit voyeuristic, try typing this URL in your friends, coworkers, or enemies computer: http://www.whattheinternetknowsaboutyou.com/

things that make you go hmmm

Marc and Angel of Hack Life fame, have created a new website called Makes Me Think.  If you are looking for a change in perspective about life, it’s worth a visit.  Most of the entries, a sampling of which I’ve included below, really make you go hmmm. “Today, at my grandmother’s funeral, I met the guy that volunteered as her …

unlocking creativity

As a writer, I have often come up against the brick wall of creativity.  And no matter how hard I bang my head against it, sometimes I just can’t seem to get the words to flow.  I watched a great clip on creativity on the website, Closer to the Truth.  At the end of the segment, the host Robert Lawrence …

you know more than you think you know

A: “Why do you answer questions with questions?” B: “Perhaps because you ask questions to which you know the answers.” A: “Well if I knew the answers, why would I bother to ask?” B: “Because you want to avoid knowing your own answers.”