Self Improvement

The Struggle

The Struggle

I walked down the long, marbled hall dimly lit by the overhead chandeliers.  Every six feet or so an ornate alcove was built into the walls, each holding a pedestaled marble bust of transcendent military leaders dating from antiquity.  Walking down this hallway was both inspirational and foreboding.     Some of these leaders, such as Genghis Khan,...

Another Conversation with Gabriel

I had been listening to Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist from Stanford, talk about how music creates a dopamine response in the human brain that helps facilitate physical movement.  It was interesting, but as I listened to the muffled sounds of Latin jazz digitally altered to evoke an old-time AM radio sound, I doubted his theory. ...

Fear and Loathing on Frontier Airlines

Lincoln stared past me.  His etched visage looking out towards somewhere in empty space contemplating some great cone disconnected from what the artist had posted as a quote below him.     “A house divided cannot stand.”     It’s written in script to give it an old timey solemnity.  When quoting the bard, even if it is Lincoln quoting Shakespeare,...

Helicopters, Sabers, and Pistols…Oh My!

Last weekend, as many of you know, Sandy and I were at “America’s Game”… the annual Army-Navy football game. For those of you who don’t know… or who care to forget (Sailors and Marines, I’m talking to you!)… Army handed a smack down to Navy in double overtime… Now to be fair, both teams played well...

Necessary Skills

Barmaids can be interesting people. Typically they have deep histories and disturbing tattoos. Their presence can be both intoxicating and disquieting, depending on one’s sense of vulnerability at the time. When they don’t speak… or choose not to speak… English things become even a bit more mysterious.   A few years ago I found myself on a...