Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

“Excuse me, where are the bagels?” I asked the hair-netted, middle-aged woman. “I’m sorry sweetie, we don’t have any bagels for all y’all.” Hungry, I was equally confused by the absence of bagels as I was about her twist on the English language. “All y’all?” I was in...
Why I Ditched My Smartphone

Why I Ditched My Smartphone

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” – Robert Tew On March 7, 2014, I pulled the plug on my smartphone. It wasn’t that I didn’t like having it; if anything, I liked having it...
Has the Self-Help Industry Sold Us a Pup?

Has the Self-Help Industry Sold Us a Pup?

English folklore tells of an old swindle. A peasant goes to market to buy his family a piglet. Piglets are much cheaper than adult pigs, and they can be fed on scraps. Once grown and fattened, they are slaughtered to provide a source of food for the whole family...
Leave the Judgement Behind

Leave the Judgement Behind

This past Sunday in Los Angeles, I spent a beautiful day with my Dad playing golf to celebrate his birthday. Although I was grateful to spend time with my Dad, the golf part was extremely frustrating. I hit a few great drives straight down the fairway, rolled a bunch...
Music Changed My Mind

Music Changed My Mind

During my childhood, I always kept a few albums and a record player in my bedroom. I even sang in choir during grade school and junior high. Still, music never really played a fundamental role in my life. In fact, it took decades before music changed my mind. Looking...