Few things are more valuable in this life than the realization that we are not alone.  The truth is our experiences have more in common than we give credit and the isolation we sometimes feel is largely self imposed. In order to fully understand the commonality of our experience we must open ourselves up, be willing to share our experiences.  By doing so we allow others the opportunity to realize that actually they’re not the only one. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Personal Value

  I must confess, the above line is my favorite quote from The Muppet Movie, and I always did kind of identify with Sweetums. This line stays with me I think because what’s most important is it’s opposite which is: We are more than what we do. I agree that what we do represents best who we are, but our value lies not in what we do, but who we are. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Wild One

  All too often the face we present to the world is our copy of someone we think is more successful than we are.  Most of us, steeped in our own insecurities, feel that we’ll be better received that way. The truth is the world wants you.  That’s why you were made in the first place.  Shine your own truth.  Show your own face.  Be you. To our perfect imperfection, Dave Read More »

Zach Marcy

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. As a further expression of my own personal thanks I am happy to offer not only this week’s interview with Zach Marcy, but access to his Holiday Thrival Guide, as well.  With Zach’s guide you can do more than just survive the holidays, trying your best to atthe  least “do no harm” to your weight loss or fitness goals.  This year you can THRIVE, and still enjoy the holidays.  You can get your copy of his FRE-E guide HERE. Zach runs Synergize Transformation Center in Miami, Florida.… Read More »

Thank You!

Many of us are going to be taking time with our families next week and so I wanted to get this in early. Without getting overly cheesy, let’s remember November in general and Thanksgiving in particular have become a time for giving thanks and expressing gratitude. I want to take this moment to express my thanks. First to you, my readers. I am grateful for this opportunity to share my ideas. That you take time from your day to read and respond to these missives is greatly encouraging. I admit that there is much I have to learn in this… Read More »

Outlaw Strongman

Today, I am sore. Very, very sore. But with that soreness comes a sense of satisfaction and achievement that renders the soreness kinda funny. I bitch and grouse as I move to the floor like some ancient water buffalo, trying to foam roll and stretch the soreness away, but really I’m laughing about it all. The positive feelings override any discomfort. On Saturday I was in Cleveland, Tennessee at my buddy Larry Berry’s gym. He was hosting our mutual friend, Chris Dwelle, and his Outlaw Strongman seminar. Outlaw Strongman is Chris’s baby. He created a complete system, from training to… Read More »

A Practical Guide to Unleashing Your Own Personal Power

So, I can hear you saying, “Okay Dave, you’ve spent the last few weeks telling me how great I am and going on about my ‘perfect imperfection’ but I’m not feeling it. What practical advice do you have? What can I DO?” I’m so glad you asked. The first step to unleashing your own personal power is to recognize that you have it. That sounds like a total jip, right? It’s like saying the only way to be powerful is have power, but you already are powerful, you just don’t know it yet. How? Consider, while you may not be… Read More »

Election Hangover Over?

Now that we’re two days past the election, has your euphoria/depression faded? Has your life returned to normal? Are your thoughts and preoccupations back to ground level and the immediacy of where you are? In my world I have a wide and diverse collection of friends and associates who fall all across the wide spectrum of social, political and religious thought. I’ve heard much chatter from both sides, those made happy by the outcome and those who are convinced we’re going to hell in a hand basket. Here in Alabama I have friends greatly upset by the election of Judge… Read More »

Matt Wichlinski

Happy Wednesday, ya’ll. Now that the election is over and the forces of Good, or Evil (depending on your perspective), have triumphed, it’s time sit back and listen (or download for later convenience) the latest episode of War Stories: Tales from the Front. Today’s interview is Matt Wichlinksi, a true Mental Meathead, and one of the most dynamic and influential coaches in fitness today. Matt is a coach’s coach. He distills fitness and strength training knowledge into an ambrosia of pure gold and shares it with us. Today’s nugget is a full hour long conversation on fitness, the industry, and… Read More »

Election, Schmelection

Today is election day. It’s the day that all the hype and hoopla of the past six or eight months reaches a powerful crescendo. The better part of the nation will spend the evening glued to their favorite sources of (mis)information waiting breathlessly on the final results of this the “most important election of our time.” But isn’t that what they said last time? And the time before that? In November of 1988, George H. W. Bush (the first one) was elected President. As a young, idealistic and politically active junior in high school I was convinced it was the… Read More »

Dia de los Muertos

Today is Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead in Latin cultures. One of the cooler things about being an American is, as the mongrel product of our Melting Pot society and its blending of cultures from all across the globe, we can re-create ourselves however we see fit, and there is no shortage of influence to draw from. In Birmingham there has erupted a grassroots celebration of Dia de los Muertos that has become one of the cultural highlights of our fair city. Begun by the decidedly Anglo Tracy Martin as effort to both remember and celebrate… Read More »

Dave is a Grumpy Old Man

Right after my oldest daughter was born we moved to East Lake. East lake was originally a working class neighborhood settled largely by World War II and Korean War vets who came home to work in the mills and factories here in Birmingham. As the nearby airport began to grow in the 70’s and 80’s the demographics changed. As their children grew up, moved out and started lives of their own, many of these original owners moved on, too. The next generation to follow were working class blacks and folks “waiting on a check.” By 1997 when we moved in… Read More »