The Epic Trip

I’m calling it the “Epic Trip.” It’s aptly named because this is my first international travel experience and I’ll be taking two months to visit four countries. Doing things halfway isn’t in my nature, so here goes! More »

Of Wind and Light

I love the way sunlight tries to make its way through tree leaves…

Brilliant Leaves

It either passes between the leaves or marks its blocker with brilliance — lighting ablaze each leaf thwarting its path.  Wind, on the other hand, pushes leaves out of its way, or goes around when it cannot.   More »

Epicurious? Try Flavors Restaurant & Bar

At an unassuming building just one block away from all the hubub of Roswell Rd., I parked my car in the sparsely populated lot and did my best to avoid getting wet between my car and the door. For a Mediterranean restaurant, I had expected more noise, louder music, and tables that are both too close together and too small for the many dishes required for a robust meal. I was surprised. More »

2012: In Review


The Year of the Dragon Roller Coaster.

This past year was full of extremes: rampant illness and remarkable health, rudderless uncertainty and crystal clear clarity, temper tantrums and long hugs, ruts of consistency and drastic change, debilitating sorrow and euphoric joy. 2012 was a roller coaster, and just like the amusement park ride, I had a front row seat. Unlike a roller coaster, however, I’ve not ended at the same place I started. More »

How Did We Get Here? …and How Do We Change It?

Perspective.  That’s really what we’re looking for.  It’s what we need in order to make sense of what we see and hear.  It’s what is required if we’re going to effectively change any of the things that are disturbing.  My hope is that this provides a little perspective, and may serve as a catalyst to kick off some frank discussions about solutions.   More »

Round is a Myth

I’ve never heard anyone refer to themselves as a “round-peg”.  If “pegs” are mentioned, it’s always in reference to how we don’t fit and are simply the ever-present square-peg.  More »

Photo-A-Day (sort of)

I began this project with the notion that I would take and/or select one photo each day and write a paragraph to go with it.  Soon, very-very soon, I realized that I had not yet developed the discipline to sit down and do this every day, so it became more of a ‘once a week’ venture.  It’s a little long, but I hope you enjoy each and every one of them. More »


I just had analyze this blog to see how frequently particular words are used… and I must say, this is one that I’d like to print, paste to my mirror, and begin each day reading.  (Click the thumbnail below to go to and view the full-size version.) More »

Your Way Doesn’t Work

I just watched this movie, The Way, with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez playing a father and son (perfect casting, if you ask me).  😉

While I admit to having a bit of wanderlust, I can’t say I’m ‘lost’ or understand what the father was going through entirely (beyond the worst kind of grief a parent should ever have to go through), but what the son said… “it’s out there, and I need to see it”… that I get. More »

Occupy a Position, Not Just a Stance

With all the political fervor, discontent, disillusion, and general despair going around, you’ve probably heard (or even said) “if you don’t like the job they’re doing, vote them out.”

First, this is a nonsensical statement.

Second, we can develop a better plan.    More »

Your Life is Not a Checklist

…or, “How we’ve got this whole ‘goal’ thing backwards”

…or, “How to avoid a mid-life crisis”

First, let’s talk about checklists.  Most of us have one, many of us were given one and expected to live by it.  At first glance, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it… but, I maintain that most life-checklists play a big part in creating unhappy people. More »

Relationships Don’t Work.

…you do.

And honestly, you don’t even have to work that hard.

I promised to share some things I’ve learned along the way, so I’m making good on my promise.  These are just 7 of the things that I wish someone had mentioned a decade ago… not that it would have necessarily made sense at that age, but I’d love to have been given a fighting chance, you know? More »

Monogamy is a choice.

That’s right.  I said it.  Just like any other lifestyle decision, monogamy is a choice.

Unfortunately, many of us haven’t actually made most of our lifestyle choices, and this one is no different.  We may expect it from our partners, but most have never really committed to it themselves… and many won’t. More »

A Word about Happiness: Lifestyle

I’ve noticed some things about people who are truly happy with their lives.  The first thing is that they’ve been an active participant in deciding what kind of lifestyle they want and have put out the effort to design it.  Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t… but being an active participant in making lifestyle decisions has actually affected their happiness. More »

Eating: It’s Not That Complicated

Eating is something we all do.  It comes very naturally to us.  So why do we seem to think it’s so complicated?  Well, it’s not.  There are really only about six guidelines you need to keep in mind in order to make eating simple again.  Allow me to explain… More »