Fear and Love

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, DuneI first read Dune when I was 13 years old. It was about a year after my parent’s divorce and I was very afraid. My whole life had been turned upside down. My parent’s marriage, the… Read More »

Child of Divorce

My parents divorced when I was 12. In 1983 that was becoming an increasingly common experience, but that didn’t make it any less devastating for me. All order in my life was disrupted. Schedules changed. New people came in and out. Heroes became villains.My mom left my dad for another woman. She had never been happy in her marriage with my father. They had only married because she was pregnant with me and she spent eleven long years trying to make a mistake work. Finally she’d had enough. Becky came into her life and offered her her something my father… Read More »

Memorial Day

Hey there.How was your week? Did you enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend? Did it even register as a holiday? I have to admit that with this new lifestyle workdays and weekends and holidays all kind of blend in together in this slurry of work and non-work.My oldest daughter, Madeline, came home for the weekend with her husband, Leonard, and two dogs, the grand-puppies. I really enjoy having the kids home. It makes me nostalgic for when they were younger, but I really enjoy seeing what adults they have become. That comes with its own form of anxiety as now more… Read More »

Be Good

Hey there,How was your week? Mine seemed to get busier. Various interests competed for my time and that lent itself to some longer days and having to let a few things go.I’m continuing to edit video for my online course. That’s actually starting to go pretty well. I’ve learned a few tricks on how to fix certain issues in post. (I’m pretty sure that’s an industry term.) Things like how to zoom in on a wider angled shot to give better detail and how to speed up specific clips so as to show what I’m doing but not unnecessarily lengthen… Read More »

Log Cabins and the Revival of a Podcast

Hey there,Another week successfully navigated. I’m moving forward on my projects. I’m excited about the future and even enthusiastic about the work. Although, I will admit to a certain dread over sitting here at the laptop for hours editing the video I’ve already shot. It’s not the editing itself that is so daunting as the extended time spent staring at my own image and the self judgment that ensues. I’ve chosen to view this as an exercise in getting over myself.When I look at the issue squarely, it comes down to this. I actually have a pretty high opinion of… Read More »

What comes next?

Hey there,A couple of weeks ago I decided to restart this bog. And I think I got off to a pretty good start.But then it came time to write the second post and I got all clammed up. Everything I wrote seemed forced and I realized that it was because I was trying to preach.Not that I’m all high and mighty or that I know, well, anything. It’s just that if you’re going to take the time to read this blog then it seems my obligation to provide something worth reading. Whatever I put here needs to imbue some kind… Read More »

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

If you’ve been following my previous blog posts, you know I’ve been working on curing myself of exercise induced mouth breathing. Taking a cue from author Patrick McKeown, and his book Oxygen Advantage, I’ve been actively training to keep my trap shut and nose breath while I train.As I noted in a previous post, one of the immediate benefits of this style of training is its inherent self regulation. This week the weather has been less than conducive for running. It’s either been pouring rain or too damned cold. The sun was finally shining today, but cold temperatures and my sinuses… Read More »

Into the Woods

Now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m a mouth breather. I’ve begun to implement a plan to correct and improve upon my situation. In a previous post, I mentioned that I was running again. The problem is that my running, for now, requires mouth breathing, which is over breathing which lowers CO2 tolerance which encourages moth breathing…I tell you, these vicious cycles are everywhere. It’s downright…vicious…Enter the hike. I can walk at a pace that allows me to keep my mouth shut over the course of the entire walk (hiking sounds tougher, though, doesn’t it?). Overtime… Read More »

Mouth Breather

In my last blog post I mentioned that I was starting to run again. And run I have. After about eight weeks of training I recently ran a 5k and logged what I feel, for me, was a very good pace. I finished the race at just over 33 minutes, logging a fairly consistent 10:33/mile pace.At about six weeks into my training I discovered a new piece of information that has radically changed my approach – I don’t breathe too good. I’m a mouth breather and according to Patrick McKoewn, author of The Oxygen Advantage that can lead to a whole… Read More »

12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson has become somewhat of a controversial figure in our world today.He is an author and clinical psychologist who teaches at the University of Toronto. He first received notoriety for a political stance he took against a piece of Canadian legislation that would mandate language in regards to transgender individuals. Because of that stance he was invited on the Joe Rogan podcast where I first heard him. He has since created his own podcast, been back on Joe’s show several times, and, after the publication of his latest book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, been interviewed… Read More »

Happy New Year!

It’s Jan 2nd and by now your inbox, your Instagram feed, and your Facebook wall should be full of “experts” with less than two decades of real life experience telling you all the things you need to know in order to have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017.Only here’s the thing. They can’t tell you anything you don’t already know. It’s okay. I get it and I’ve fallen for this sort of thing plenty of times myself and will probably fall for it again before all is said and done. It’s an easy play, especially this time of year. New… Read More »

#Noshirtnoshoesnoshame

I’ve noticed this new thing in my Facebook feed lately. Friends of mine, specifically female friends of the yogic persuasion, have been posting pictures of themselves in various yoga poses wearing naught but a sports bra and yoga pants. It’s all part of an Instagram project started by two yogis, Thea Pueschel and Melissa Scott, set to run July 1st through the 10th. It’s entitled #noshirtnoshoesnoshame and its purpose is to combat the pervasive body shaming our culture indulges in. At first blush I was like, “Hooray!” I mean, who doesn’t want more female bodies adorning their Facebook feed? It’s… Read More »