Sometimes All You Need Is the Right Equipment

Do you have what it takes?

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford It’s been some time since we visited the poetry corner. Here for your enjoyment is a poem by Edgar A. Guest: EQUIPMENT Figure it out for yourself, my lad, You’ve all that the greatest of men have had, Two arms, two […]

US Government to Replace ‘In God We Trust’ on Currency

It was only a dream... Or was it?

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – St. Paul (Philippians 2:3-4, ESV) I am going to take a risk today. I believe the words written above, and […]

What Are You So Afraid Of?

Don't let fear hold you back

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela It’s an interesting week to consider today’s topic. Last Sunday was the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, and […]

Re-Post: Wynton’s Ways to Practice

A jazz great breaks it down for us

I’ve been a musician since my early teens — ever since I spent an entire summer harvesting tobacco –by hand! — to buy my first bass guitar and my first amp.  And while I was proud of myself for earning the money and owning the equipment, I was immediately confronted with the task of learning […]

Want to Be Unstoppable? Start on Your Knees

Gratitude + Joy = a Powerful Life

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 I recently celebrated my birthday — the first one since I’ve been so active on social media — and I must admit I was surprised and honored by the greetings and well-wishes I received from so many different contexts. I heard from childhood friends, […]

Re-Post: Crisis? What Crisis?

It is  is hard to describe the condition of masculinity in the US  as anything other than grim.  Women earn close to 60% of the college degrees awarded each year, and since a college degree is the price of admission to most salaried jobs, this places men at a disadvantage in launching a career.  The knowledge […]

Re-Post: Mastering the Pull-up

Combine these with push-ups and you'll hardly need a gym

If you want to improve your appearance and boost your confidence, there is no substitute for building muscle.  The good news is a man can build muscle at any age, and you don’t need a gym membership or even a set of weights to do it.  If you’re healthy enough to exercise — and if you […]

Don’t Baby-Snake It!

The unexpected benefits of holding back

“The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm. Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart.” -Proverbs 17:27-28 (MSG) There’s a widely held belief that young venomous snakes are more dangerous than their more mature relatives. The explanation is that when younger […]

Seven Principles of Fitness

Get in shape for life

“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger If you’re committed to becoming the best possible version of yourself, you can’t ignore your body. Maybe you have a gym membership, or maybe you own some weights, but do […]

What Your Boss Wants

Master these old-school basics

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” -Colossians 3:23 (NIV) Congratulations! You got the job! Now what? If you’re just entering the work force, or changing to a new job, you wouldn’t be human if your excitement didn’t also contain a bit of apprehension. […]