I have a friend, a real tough guy. He’s a boxer, he’s covered with tattoos, and twice a year, he does a thing called the Spartan Race. I don’t know much about the race except that it’s supposed to make a triathlon look like a stroll in the park. Oh yeah, and did I mention … More IT TAKES A BADASS TO HAVE AN OPEN HEART Edit article
Why is it that we so often see challenge and confusion as obstacles to overcome? We strive to figure things out in an effort to make our lives simpler, as though “easy” is the reward, when in fact the absence of challenge and confusion more times than not reflects an absence of creativity. Learning curves … More Change: The (Despicable), Inevitable, Fuel Of Creativity
Explaining where I was and how I felt this morning is complicated. I’ll begin with the basics. About four years ago I started making calls to a wounded warrior organization called the Wounded Warriors Family Adventures, which takes place in Breckenridge, Colorado every year. To my knowledge they’re one of the only veterans groups that work … More WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM
“IDIOTS!!!! Who is going to “check” Trump when he wants to START ANOTHER WAR?! HATE WINS HERE AND THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES HAS SAID IT’S OK TO HATE!!!! F&*CK!!!!” “It looked like a funeral on the streets of Manhattan. #It’s good to be white and male again!!!” **************************************************************************** The polarizing messages buzzing … More Two Letters, Two Cliffs, One Bridge
It’s 5:30 AM on the East Coast and my daughter just texted me: “I’m horrified are you?” …I’m very surprised, not horrified and don’t you be. Politicians and politics in general, are pretty weird, some of them are quite corrupt. But thankfully we have a robust system of checks and balances that even now, with … More A Text To My Daughter After The Election
A Space Shuttle sits on the launch pad. Two massive booster rockets are attached to the sides of the fuel tank. The engineers who designed these rockets wanted them to be bigger but because they had to be shipped by train to the launch site, there was no way they could be enlarged beyond … More How an average horse’s ass affects my business and yours
An excerpt from the forthcoming book Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life) http://www.letmeoutbook.com “A while back I got a letter from a woman who sent an early draft of a book of poetry to a friend and got a “lukewarm” response. Now, she feels like her poems are … More How To Deal With “Constructive” Criticism
“In India, elephant handlers train baby elephants to be submissive by chaining them to a post. The baby elephants fight with all their will to break free. Day in and day out they try, but eventually they just give up. When they become adults they no longer need chains to tie them in place; just a … More What Are Your Elephant Ropes?
Prince was so much bigger-than-life that some of my musician friends and I have been thinking —’why even bother?’ Funny enough, that’s how I felt when I first saw him live around 1979; at an early show of his in North Minneapolis. At some point during the performance Prince took off his guitar (which … More On Prince and —Listening.
I am the owner of two dwellings, the Dung shack and the Liberty Palace. In the Dung Shack live my fears and in the Liberty Palace, my hopes. You’d think I’d spend most of my time in the Liberty Palace, but in fact, I do not. Do you feel, as I do, that freedom can … More Dung Shack and the Liberty Palace