The Shadow of a Beginning

That was the one thing that made me think, well, this may be the shadow of a beginning. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird I often grow discouraged with the trajectory of our society, but this past week has been encouraging, and cause for hope. As someone who makes a living teaching lawful self-defense techniquesContinue reading “The Shadow of a Beginning”

The Spoken Word

I’ve been delinquent in writing this last month, but that is in part due to the fact I’ve been speaking a good bit. It just dawned on me today (as I age I can occasionally be slow-witted) that I could also post my podcast appearances periodically so those discussions are archived and available as well.

Rudeness Ruins Rightness

Punctilious courtesy, good manners, and the Golden Rule reflect an attitude and acknowledgement that other people are, you know…actually people, equally deserving of consideration and basic decent and civil treatment despite our differences.

Make America Great

Today we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which told the world that the United States of America were a new, free, and independent republic joining the community of nations. This new Republic would in fact change and shape the course of western civilization and the world for the two centuries that followedContinue reading “Make America Great”

Why Can’t I Achieve My Goals?

An Idea Isn’t a Plan. A Wish Isn’t a Goal. We often fail to achieve our aims in life because we mistake ideas for plans, and wishes for goals. I received a reminder of this recently, and in reflecting perhaps I can illuminate some aspects of goal setting and planning which might help others. ThisContinue reading “Why Can’t I Achieve My Goals?”

It’s Who You Are On the Outside That Matters

“We are what we habitually do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” -Will Durant (Not Aristotle) “As it is not one swallow or a fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.” -Aristotle, actually We Are WhatContinue reading “It’s Who You Are On the Outside That Matters”