A Relook at American Core Values

By | February 1, 2023

[February 1, 2023]  Shortly after retiring from the U.S. Army, I wrote a three-part series (see them below) on American Core values.  I recently wondered to myself if these 10 values hold true or maybe I would write a better explanation of each. Here is quick list of the 10 American values I identified: Liberty and Freedom Equality… Read More »

The Lion King

By | January 29, 2023

[January 29, 2023]  My son was about 11 years old when The Lion King (1994) movie came out in theaters near us.  I drove him and several of his friends to see it.  Nearly everyone I know has seen it and came away thinking the movie was right about life.  It struck a chord in us somehow. Dr.… Read More »

Lessons for Men: Embrace the Monster in You

By | January 28, 2023

[January 28, 2023]  Everyone tells us today, young men in particular, that we should be harmless, virtuous, and don’t do anyone any harm, hold back your competitive instinct, and you shouldn’t try to win.  Don’t be too aggressive or too assertive; take a back seat.  No!  Instead, embrace the monster in you. Be a monster, and then learn… Read More »

People can be Terrific

By | January 27, 2023

[January 27, 2023]   All this week, I’ve been around New Jersey (I live in South Jersey, which is rural).  Part of the reason was testing for an upcoming medical procedure, where I spoke with several folks in the medical profession.  I always come home from them in a better mood, but it was especially true this time. Several… Read More »

Lessons for Men: Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

By | January 26, 2023

[January 26, 2023]  Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.  You need to be aiming for something – a higher goal – and that means you’re going to be lesser than other people who’ve already attained status in that aim.  My second lesson for men is, “Don’t compare yourself to others… Read More »

The Origins of Freedom

By | January 25, 2023

[January 25, 2023]  Without limitations, there can be no choice, no existence, no freedom.  Our limitations are the origin of our freedom. “God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.  What does He lack?  The answer is limitation.” – Dr. Jordan Peterson tells the story of something he read in Jewish commentary on the Torah This riddle is brilliant because… Read More »

Aimlessness in Your Life

By | January 23, 2023

[January 23, 2023]  Aimlessness is not nothing.  Aimlessness is bad.  People find meaning in their lives by having a vision for their lives and taking responsibility for it; they have goals and ambitions.  We can be bitter, hopeless, nihilistic, depressed, anxious, and likely to abuse various substances as an escape.  Aimlessness can drill us into the ground quickly… Read More »