My “No More Suckiness” Philosophy

One thing that excites me is the idea of how much growth and expansion awaits me. I’m not talking about “shoulding” on myself, comparing myself to others, or thinking that someone else knows what is best for me. I’m not talking about forcing myself to learn something “because it’s good for me.” I’m talking about having a general optimism about how much I can learn and expand in ways that I want to learn and expand. Now, there are many things I like about myself already. For instance, I love…

Musing on Freedom

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the concept of Freedom. When I say this word, I am talking about the Freedom to be, the Freedom to receive, the Freedom to be happy… which at the end of the day is a power that we need to give ourselves. No one can supply us with this gift, though we can blame others, making up an alibi for our disempowerment. People do this all the time, and largely get away with it, mostly because so many other people are doing…

“If You Are Ready” (Original Poem)

I wrote this poem tonight, and it reminds me of a similar poem from “Think and Grow Rich.” This is my late-night effort at being staid and literary: No one knows what happens next But man will get what he expects In the end his life works out To match the things he thinks about There is a law which governs all The very big and very small A universal fact, no less Which operates from one word: “Yes” Responding to your every thought It grants you what your thinking…

If You Tune In, the Ideas… Just Come.

Last December I started collaborating on a musical. My friend Matt had written the entire script, including lyrical drafts of almost all the songs. What he needed was a composer and tunesmith who could provide musical ideas as well as craft the lyrics into workable form. I began working over Christmas break. By March 1st, we had nine songs completed, which we sang as part of a read-through with twenty or more people present. Nine songs in a little over two months! Prior this project, I have written dozens of…

Ten Silver Linings of Pandemic Times

I am a big believer in Appreciation, because I think appreciating things draws more things to appreciate. These days especially, I make it a point to actively appreciate things throughout my day. Speaking of which, here’s ten “perks”–silver linings, you might say—I am personally noticing during these Pandemic Times: Gas is cheaper. What may not be good for oil companies–lack of demand, and too much supply–is great for consumers. Two days ago we bought gas for $2.06 per gallon, which here in Sacramento, CA, is amazing! Nature is more noticeable.…

Feeling the Fear and Running it Anyway

So today I was supposed to run a half marathon–my 5th half marathon. But of course, this event, like all public events currently, has been cancelled…. er, postponed, date tbd. I have been running all year long, but I hadn’t run more than 11 miles at one time. A half marathon, recall, is 13.2 miles. It seemed fitting to take the opportunity today, so I ran my own half marathon, covering a route I have taken many times before–along the American river from Midtown Sacramento and passing Sacramento State. I…

We Shall Prevail!

If you think this is the end, I have news for you. They have been saying that for years. They said that back in 2012, because of the Mayan Calendar. Remember that? Oh yeah, and they said that back in 1999, that the computers were going to crash and all would be lost. Passing from “1-“s to “2-“s in calendar system seemed to be like falling over a cliff of uncertainty. In fact, I personally fell for this, as an impressionable college student prone to worry. Calamity was afoot! Then…

MyHappinessObsession, I Love You!

Over the last year or so I have thought a lot about why I do this blog: what is it I’m hoping for, what is it I’m actually getting from it, what is satisfying, what are my secret wishes, etc. With the Corona Virus coming along and giving me whole new reasons to blog, I probably have an even longer list. But I haven’t necessarily fleshed out all of the reasons. I’d like to give it a try right now. My goals, objectives, secret desires, and hopes about this blog…

Templeton and the Test of One’s Investing Mettle

“The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.”–Sir John Templeton Last summer I was curious to learn more about world-renowned investor Sir John Templeton. I wanted to read a biography like I did for Warren Buffett, but finding none that appealed, I chose “Investing the Templeton Way: The Market-Beating Strategies of Value Investing’s Legendary Bargain Hunter,” written by Templeton’s grand-niece and her husband (Lauren C. Templeton and Scott Phillips). “The Templeton Way” cogently delivers a…