What Goes into the Forge

What Goes into the Forge

I’m a bit of a nerd. We’ve covered that, right?  Among a pile of distractions that I’m not super proud of, I have a thing for this History Channel show called Forged in Fire. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a competition reality show, and each week a different cast of...
The Cost of Things

The Cost of Things

I don’t remember who said it, but it has stuck with me long enough that I should probably credit them. The gist is this though: To live an extraordinary life, you have to be willing to give up some of the things that come with an ordinary one. In the last two weeks,...
Fail Big

Fail Big

I don’t know how many times I’ve begun this post and deleted it in the past few days.  My fingers keep typing justifications. I want to explain the hows and whys. The bottom line though, is that I’ve taken some professional and personal lumps the last few months....
STAGE FRIGHT

STAGE FRIGHT

There are usually only two types of conversations that happen after I get off stage. Most people just give you a typical, “Good show” as they pass. You shake hands, sell a few books, and let that human stream trickle onward. Usually when there are stragglers, they’ve...
Step Off the Train

Step Off the Train

People believe different things. They believe those things because they are selfish. It’s okay, you are too. We all are, in basically every decision we make. And we disagree because we want different things. There are people fighting to gain what should be basic...
Feed Your Puffling

Feed Your Puffling

I watch a lot of documentaries, mainly of the wildlife variety. They help me keep things in perspective sometimes, and jerk my leash a little when I think I’m having a bad day. It especially helps on the days when I’m lying to myself about how I did “everything I...
Tengo Otro

Tengo Otro

It was a touristy area, which was neither my style nor hers. Still, we dug our toes into the sand and picked at lobster as the dark waves of Tamarindo Bay broke under the stars. Behind us an obnoxious woman ignored her dinner and instead prattled on about the politics...
Burn the Ships

Burn the Ships

It was the year 1519, give or take. I’m not a history professor.  Hernan Cortés was tapped by Diego Velázquez, Governor of Cuba, to lead an expedition into the interior of Mexico.  You may or may not know the story.  At some point before the launch, Velázquez got...
Do Not Click

Do Not Click

As we move in to an age of increasingly more connectedness, our personal space becomes much more sacred.  I have an abundance of digital “help,” from the smart security cameras at my house to my Google Home to my Hue lights to all of the various apps I use on a daily...
Buy What You Need

Buy What You Need

The whole world is selling you something. It’s in IKEA floor plans and checkout lines and the way they herd you past impulse items.  It’s in the way the lead character in your favorite show sets his glass down with the logo facing you. It’s in every Facebook...