The Jokes

The Jokes

Recently I visited a new friend in Birmingham, Alabama. Word got around that I had some wisdom, but the person that recommended we meet, liked the jokes. When I was an art student in the graphic design program at the University of Tennessee, I took 

Starting Over (POWER)

Starting Over (POWER)

Meister Eckhart was a priest in the middle ages and is responsible for one of my very favorite quotes. He said, “Be willing to be a beginner every morning.” Seems like a fine quote for starting over. There is, however, a fine point that I 

Put Away the Peace Pipe

Put Away the Peace Pipe

What has become known as the “peace pipe” in many minds, was more than what it suggests. It was a way for some pre-European American traditions to seal covenants. Whatever it is, or was, it is time to put away the peace pipe. Most likely, 

Standing Tall in Tennessee

Standing Tall in Tennessee

Whenever my wife and I make a hard decision in the face of authority, she looks at me and says one thing. It always helps when I feel I am not standing tall in Tennessee. “What are they gonna do? Take your birthday away?” Once 

Celebrate the Wins

Celebrate the Wins

Who am I to tell you to celebrate the wins? I am just some dude in Tennessee. Just some random voice in a world of many random voices. Hear me out, and maybe you might understand my optimism. There are so many reasons to celebrate. 

Smoking With the Universe

Smoking With the Universe

For some reason I am compelled to share this story. Typically, I shy away from the good things the Universe chooses for me. It seems like bragging. I will, however, shy away from SEO friendly text and topics here. I will simply tell the tale 

Bath Ritual: How a Shower Can Change Your Life

Bath Ritual: How a Shower Can Change Your Life

Showers are not a universal experience. Certainly, a very small percentage of the world is fortunate enough to take a daily shower. We are refreshed, we are cleaned, and we are missing an opportunity if we do not use them well. Simply put, showers can 

The Last Firefly

The Last Firefly

As the summer fades, and the sun sets just a bit earlier each evening, my thoughts turn toward fall. The changing of seasons are exciting for me. Soon, there well be trees on fire with color and the smell of fires flowing through chimneys. Hay 

Seven Tools For Winning Well

Seven Tools For Winning Well

Now back to San Quentin. Back to the rowdy crowd and the irreverent jokes.

Letting Go

Letting Go

Be the person you would like to hang out with if you wanted to get better than you are now.