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 »

Isaac Wilkins

Happy Wednesday, everybody. Today’s War Stories interview is with gym owner and coach Isaac Wilkins. Isaac owns Relentless Strength Training in Maine. He is also the author of one of the best online fitness products available, The Athlete Reborn. I relate very much to Isaac, we come from similar worlds and have faced similar struggles. Much like me, strength and fitness became the foundation of his rebirth and the fuel for his ascent. To listen to his interview, go HERE. To our perfect imperfection, Dave 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 »

Jack and Kathryn

When Samantha and I were young, young in love, younger in body, we moved to Athens, Georgia.  This was in 1994.  I was a senior in college with no sense of direction or purpose.  The only thing in my life that I was certain of at that point was Samantha. One afternoon Samantha, myself, our good friend, Jeff, and my friend and roommate, Jason, were sitting in our living room.  Jason was planning on moving to Athens to pursue photography at UGA. “You guys wanna come with me?” With less than a minute’s deliberation Jeff said, “Okay” and Samantha followed… Read More »

Always Listen to Your Granny

I have taken Granny’s advice.  In the evening, when I get home, after I’ve kissed Samantha and the girls, I take a few minutes and spend them out back with Honey and Harriet. In this case Granny is not my grandmother.  She’s the pen (er, keyboard?)behind All Seasons Homestead Helpers and one of my first supporters.  Granny has encouraged me through many a dry spell and prompted me to keep writing even why I didn’t think I had anything to write. In an earlier post about the goats and the ridiculous games they put me through with necessary tasks like… Read More »

Dave’s Guide to the Superior Shave

I really did miss shaving. I know I just lost most of you right there. Given the popularity of the neo-70s hipster beards, shaving, amongst men, is on the wane. But this past week as I played Wooly Willy with my face and began carving away six weeks of follicle growth, I was reunited with my manly ritual and reminded just how satisfying a good shave can be. It is my opinion that the reason most men don’t like to shave is that they don’t know how to do it right. To this end I humbly offer, Dave’s Guide to… Read More »

One Step Closer

Friday evening Rob came over.  We had made plans previously to fix the collar issues I was having with the goats. It all came down to this.  They weren’t working. When we first fitted Honey and Harriet with their collars we had to make modifications.  Goat necks are not the same as dog necks.  Dogs have relatively round necks while a goat’s is much more oval in shape.  This meant that a) the collars were too big and had to be twisted on themselves to take up the slack and b) the electrodes did not make sufficient contact to administer… Read More »

Stick to the Plan: Part II

On Saturday I had planned a full court press. Now that I had the tools in place, once I finished my morning at the gym (the 8 am boot camp, my Tai Chi class and a 10:30 massage client) I was going to go home and tackle the yard. Bronwyn comes in with Samantha every Saturday morning. Samantha attends my boot camp for her third workout of the week and Bronwyn cleans the gym. I’ve mentioned before her obsession with horses and this job is part of her efforts to raise money for that future steed. After our gym work,… Read More »