January 9, 2019

There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why. - William Barclay - 

I started my speech thanking my parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts/uncles, niece, wife, and kids for making time to come to my 50th birthday dinner during...

October 20, 2018

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.  - Sigmund Freud  - 

I lied to myself all the time. I told myself that I was supportive of friends, I cared about other people, and I was doing my best to be the best me possible.

Of course, none...

October 20, 2018

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company. - George Washington  - 

Friendship is hard work. Trust is hard work. Loving is hard work. That hard work is made even harder when those you've befriended, trusted and loved betrayed you. I find it better for...

October 19, 2018

Real intimacy is only possible to the degree that we can be honest about what we are doing and feeling.  - Joyce Brothers - 

Crafting your memoir requires honesty first and foremost with yourself. Sometimes what you want to say and what you actually say comes out a...

September 12, 2018

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe -

A key to any memoir is capturing the impactful events even if they seem quite trivial. When I was in college, a friend of mine had to drop-out after freshman year due t...

September 5, 2018

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius  - 

My acquaintances (I don't really have friends) often tell me that I can't see the forest for the trees. Maybe I am too self-involved.  That's probably true. They also say I am hypercritical. That's pr...

February 8, 2018

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Will Rogers   

They say you are always learning from your mistakes. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life so I guess I've got lots of learning. Yet, I believe I keep making some of the...

February 5, 2018

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.  - Aristotle - 

My memory of falling in love. This story truly defines the person I was and the one I hope to become.  My memoir will have this with other parts of my life.

The first time I saw her I knew in m...

October 14, 2017

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr.  

It's so easy to make everything about yourself and ignore everybody else.You see tragedy on the television, you turn the channel to E! You hear a friend compla...

October 12, 2017

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

I want to get grounded and be focused on the present.  To me, I've always heard that meditation was the way to go.
 
Meditation was always intimidating for me and ve...

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