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Mindful gardening

Even though it was over 20 years ago, I have a distinct memory of one of my Tae Kwon Do masters reminding us to “tend our own garden and not waste our time looking over the fence at the neighbors garden.” At the time, as we understood, it was with the intention of encouraging our group of testing students to work on our own training. Continue Reading

Green Tea and Heavy Metal

Hop into my car and you may be treated (or tortured?) to a variety of tunes. It could be Slayer, Dio, Bad Religion, perhaps, Blackmore’s Night, The Beatles, Spiral Dance or even Bob Marley. Maybe even a sprinkling of Madonna, INXS, Johnny Cash, or Scott Joplin. When it comes to music, it’s easier to ask what I don’t listen to. I like a good balance. As a matter of fact, I apply this concept of balance to most of my life.

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Third floor, please.

In the past few months, there have been several occasions where I have been in a situation that I needed to give an *elevator pitch. Although it shouldn’t feel awkward, it’s often the case for me. I have what I refer to as a predisposition to a genetic humbleness. Talking about myself or putting myself out there doesn’t always feel comfortable. And then, more often than not, I have others telling me that I need to put myself out there more.
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Make a difference

Occasionally, someone shares with me the fact that they don’t watch or read the news to keep up to date on environmental issues. Continue Reading


This past year has taught me some incredible life lessons, especially one in gratitude. It’s not that I didn’t have gratitude before, but this was a much deeper lesson. I have always had gratitude for the people in my life, the love I experience from my loved ones, and even the material possessions that provide daily comfort in my life. This is much more than all this.

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Top 17 Earth Promises for 2017

New Year’s Resolutions aren’t really my thing, I prefer to live in the present. It’s a positive act to set the intention and there is much to benefit from such achievements. However, I often view resolutions as ideas that someone sees as a far-off and perhaps even unattainable long-term goal. Set those intentions, but live in the present at the same time. Make those changes today, even if they seem small. Continue Reading

Harmony Within

It was one of those moments when time becomes irrelevant. My senses felt blocked to anything outside of the current task. With an inkling of doubt and a slight hesitation, I proceeded to strike as hard as I could. Or at least I thought I did. The brick sat there, staring at me. I looked up and at that very moment, I realized I had to go through with this. In front of me sat the master, several instructors and fellow students looking on. As I was given the motion to try again, a voice came into my head….”mind, body, spirit.” It was my dad’s voice, with three simple words that had set an anchor to what I now needed to do. I collected my thoughts and cleared my mind. This time there was no try….I broke it. The year was 1994 and I had just tested for my black belt (1st Dan) in Tae Kwon Do.   Continue Reading