My wise 86-year old friend just passed away. Here are his final words.

I first met John Gray in early-2014. He was a reader of this column and we began a regular exchange of ideas via e-mail. I soon found myself collecting some of his choicest sayings and, to his great enjoyment, wrote a story about him titled Musings on God and Life from an 85-Year Old Expat [Read More…]

The “cat people” of Mayoruna want to know: What is your ca’ah?

There is a fairly obscure book by the name of The Encounter, Amazon Beaming in which the writer Petru Popescu tells the story of his good friend, National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre, and how he made contact with the elusive Mayoruna tribe in the deepest jungles of Brazil. In 1969, McIntyre was on assignment in [Read More…]

Norman Vincent Peale’s 7 life-changing words—and why some call them blasphemous.

Norman Vincent Peale may be best known as the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. First published in 1952, the book went on to sell 5 million copies and is still a Top-10 “religion & spirituality” book at Amazon today. It was one of 41 books Peale wrote during a distinguished life that included [Read More…]

NJ family wins $430 million Powerball lottery—claims “Divine Intervention”.

There was a recent story in the NY Times about a family in my home state of New Jersey that had just won the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot—and what made it interesting is the reason they believed they had won. Pearlie Mae Smith and her 7 adult children did not normally play the lottery. But [Read More…]

A 10-step guide to being “spiritual but not religious”.

In a few weeks I will be writing about the brand new book from Thomas Moore, a modern-day translation of one of the New Testament gospels, The Book of Matthew. But as I did a little research on that book, I was reminded of Moore’s previous release, the groundbreaking A Religion of One’s Own. If [Read More…]

Mother Teresa—on why loving your family is the most important thing you can do.

I was recently reading one of my favorite life philosophy books, when author John Templeton asked a question that stopped me in my tracks: Was the Earth a better place because you were born? Wow, that’s a tough ask, isn’t it? For some context, Templeton credits this line to an old American Indian myth. When [Read More…]

The guy who gives thanks for his Stage 4 cancer.

His name is Mike and I’ve known him for over a decade. While we work for the same company, we’re now in different offices and I hadn’t seen him for a while. So it was through the grapevine that, about six months ago, I learned Mike has Stage 4 cancer. I visited his office recently [Read More…]

The fabled Che of Key West–and the importance of having your own story.

The picture you see to the left was taken at the altar of a small church in Key West, Florida. Okay, it wasn’t a church, it was a bar. But bear with me, because there are some similarities. It is a place called the Chart Room and it’s where I drank a few beers with [Read More…]

The Bible Passage more potent than the Law of Attraction.

What is the key to getting more success and happiness out of life? If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you might trust the maxim that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on the positive you can attract the positive. Believe you’re going to land that job, win that contest, find the ideal [Read More…]

10 truths about Jesus that may surprise you.

About once a year, I’ll pick up a book about Jesus in search of fresh insights on the man and his mission. My personal preference is that these books not be tied to any specific dogma or religion, but that they explore the many mysteries and myths that surround Jesus and his life. And I [Read More…]


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