September 21, 2011

I‘ve worked in New York City for much of the past 20 years, and lived there during the 90’s. On September 11, 2001, I had been out of the city for about a year, so I saw the events unfold second-hand, on TV. But I can still remember how I felt that day. The whole thing felt personal, as if a close family member had been brutalized. I didn’t know anyone who died that day, but a good friend, Jim… Read more

August 2, 2011

You find what you look for: good or evil, problems or solutions. ~John Marks Templeton  I start most days at 6am stretching out my achy runner’s body. I then pour myself a cup of coffee and for 15 or 20 minutes do some spiritual reading on the sun porch. I’m currently re-reading John M. Templeton’s Worldwide Laws of Life, a thick book of wisdom that helps get me grounded for the day ahead. This reading session is usually a solitary endeavor,… Read more

July 12, 2011

There’s a dude I pass most days on the way to my office in New York City. He’s always in the same spot, standing curbside by a dark green mailbox, on 40th Street between Madison and Fifth. His name is Roger. (That’s his picture you see here.) He dresses like a long lost member of Parliament-Funkadelic. Colorful scarves and head wraps, flowing coats, sometimes a walking stick and an ever-changing pair of super-cool sunglasses. I suppose he’s a panhandler, of sorts,… Read more

May 14, 2011

“God is a current that runs through and between all things. The Divine Source resides in everything and everything resides in the Divine Source”. ~Annie Burnside If you’re like me, you’re probably convinced that there’s a divine power in the universe. Whether you call it God or Krishna, Divine Wisdom or Infinite Intelligence, you know that it’s there, because at various times in your life, you’ve felt it right at your core. The tricky part is tapping into this power… Read more

April 26, 2011

Successful people tend to be highly sexed. ~Napolean Hill One of the more curious chapters in Napolean Hill’s self-help classic Think and Grow Rich is titled: The Mystery of Sex Transmutation. I’m sure it raised a few eyebrows when it was first published in 1937, because it tackles the subject of sex—and how to effectively use it in the workplace. The sober Hill isn’t talking about sleeping your way to the top, but in using “sex emotion” to get ahead in business and in… Read more

March 19, 2011

Since my daughter was a very small child, I’ve told her fairy tales at night. And even though she is now almost a teenager, she still likes me to tell her the occasional story. What follows is one that I recently pulled out, that will be alluded to in my book Thaddeus Squirrel (coming Fall, 2011). It’s based on a fable I heard many years ago. I wish I could tell you where it originated, but I honestly can’t remember. There’s… Read more

February 15, 2011

I’ve been on Twitter for about a year now, and during that time I’ve put out almost 600 tweets. (You can see my most recent ones running down the right side of this page.) The great majority of my tweets are inspirational quotes and I recently picked out my ten favorites to date. You’ll find them below, followed by some brief personal thoughts in italics. Some background on the quotes: I started collecting them about 15 or so years ago…. Read more

February 9, 2011

I’ve always been fascinated by UFOs. It may have started as a young boy, when visiting my aunt’s shore house a few miles from where I live now. She used to tell me about the “ghost lights” that appeared in the sky some nights. One night I saw one for myself, dancing against a dark sky, buy my memory is vague as I was only six or seven at the time. Every so often I’ll pick up a book on… Read more

January 24, 2011

I was now officially having an emotional relationship with a Buddah head. I’d convinced myself that the Buddah head was going to change things for me. Going to slow things down for starters—because life had been moving way too fast.   ~Susan Conley, The Foremost Good Fortune We have several Buddah figures in and around our home and it’s funny how, just like author Susan Conley, we have attached meaning and importance to them. Our Buddahs are big and small, made… Read more

November 30, 2010

15 or so years ago I read a story in the Newark Star Ledger that has always stayed with me. It was about a 68-year old man who lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, who died in his apartment–and whose death went undiscovered for two-and-a half years. To my surprise, I recently came across an eerily similar story from Oslo, Norway. Since the Norway story is more current, I’ve included an excerpt here: A human tragedy was unfolding in Oslo… Read more

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