Archives for May 2009

Let Me Entertain You; Let Me Make You Smile

[scribd id=15978488 key=key-bb0pu42q1iod1mg5xri]   I’ve bundled into an e-book 35 of my funniest blog essays, and made the 145-page collection available on for $6.99. You can see the book’s table of contents—and the first three or four of its pieces–by scrolling in the display above. Beside buying it, you can help the book by [Read More…]

My Cup Runneth Over

A few weeks ago, a young web designer named Daniel Gurtner (whom I don’t know and have never met), bought my book, “I’m OK—You’re Not: The Message … [and so on].” Out of the goodness of his heart, Daniel then made the below, which is my first ever book video. Built by a fan! For [Read More…]

A Great Marriage is About NOT Compromising

People are forever saying that one of the keys to a happy marriage is learning to compromise. And in the sense in which that’s usually meant, that’s true. But in another, deeper sense, it’s also true that the key to a happy marriage is learning to never compromise at all. We all know that central to our [Read More…]

Me, Drunk on my Cooking Show

Welcome back to Cooking with John. I’m your cooking toast … your coasting took … your toasted cook. Har! Toasted cook! Which I’m not. Because that would be wrong. Man, I’ll tell you what, though. I don’t know if ol’ Chuck is chargin’ enough for this wine, knowwhaddimean? Not that I myself have imbibed in [Read More…]

My Book “I’m OK – You’re Not” Now Available on

My book, I’m OK–You’re Not: The Message We’re Selling Nonbelievers, and Why We Should Stop is now available,  for only $6.99, on If you don’t know yet, is basically the YouTube of documents. [Read more…]

In Case You’ve Stopped By

Just a quick note to say why I’ve not posted anything in the last few days. Cuz. I’m. Lazy. Plus, my wife Cat had FOUR DAYS OFF! Whoo. Hoo. Tonight (being Monday night, doncha know) we went to San Diego’s famous Old Globe Theatre to see Cornelia, about George Wallace and his second wife, Cornelia. [Read More…]

The Cooking Show in My Head

Here’s the TV cooking show going on inside my head as I make my signature dish, Cheesy Deliciousness. [Read more…]

The Story of My Life

We’ve all got our stories. Here’s a really weird version of mine. [Read more…]

Oh, No! I’m Boring!

Oh no! I’m boring! Upon re-reading it, I just realized that my last blog post (Forget Yourself to Save Yourself) is quite disturbingly dull. It was a Totally Serviceable Idea, I thought. (And think. And I did just jazz it up a little.) It came to me at breakfast. Had to write it quickly, though. [Read More…]

Forget Yourself to Save Yourself

When things get tough for us, we think we need to start watching out for ourselves. But the only way any of us can really protect ourselves is by losing ourselves in the service of others. [Read more…]