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Men and Lifestyle Changes

Men and Lifestyle Changes

Why it's so hard for men to make lifestyle changesThis week I held some curiosity conversations with men about weight loss and learned that we are full of contradictions. These contradictions go beyond weight loss though (and make me want to stress eat). Listen in to...

Finding Meaning

A Man's Search for MeaningHolocaust survivor Viktor Frankl believed that those who survived the atrocities of living in a concentration camp did so mostly because they somehow found meaning in what they were going through. He would go on to state that it is important...

A Return to Innocence

A Return to Innocence

One summer, about thirteen years ago, we stopped off somewhere outside of Providence, RI for a bite to eat. The five of us were all kind of bummed since our annual summer vacation to Chatham, MA had come to an end and it was back to reality—a six hour drive back to...

An Instrument of Peace

An Instrument of Peace

When I was growing up, we never asked if we were going to Mass on the weekend, the only question was when. This stayed with me throughout college when most of my friends stopped going. I recall often saying at the end of our Fraternity Chapter meetings on Sunday...

I am my brother’s keeper

I am my brother’s keeper

I have a confession to make. It’s taken me a while to come to realize this and once I did it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. I am my brother’s keeper. I’m not thinking of anyone in particular when I say brother. In fact, I have many brothers; a twin brother,...

Don and Arlene: This is Us

Don and Arlene: This is Us

Sixty years ago today, my mother and father were married at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle, NY. The events of that day would produce four children, nine grandchildren, and four granddogs. From my parents' example I have learned many truths about marriage; the...

Another Trip Around the Sun

Another Trip Around the Sun

Yesterday marked the official beginning of my 44th year and I had a fantastic day celebrating it on the golf course with my twin brother Jimmy, my father Don, and my son Patrick. While we were checking in with the starter, I saw some guys with various cameras set up...

A Total Eclipse of Values

A Total Eclipse of Values

A total solar eclipse will cross the US today for the first time in almost 100 years. While it is the first time in a century that this celestial event can be seen across the US, total solar eclipses happen every two years.  That the moon will pass between the earth...

Gimme Three Steps

Gimme Three Steps

If you are one of those fortunate to have not only found your true calling in your professional life, but also make a living doing it, do you remember the moment when it clicked for you? Is it easy to recall the exact moment when you realized I was meant to do this?...

Intent vs. Outcome 

Intent vs. Outcome 

At the moment, I am sitting alone in one of Charleston South Carolina's nicer hotels. As a guy who travels around the country uncorking stories, this in an of itself is not odd - I'm often alone in hotels. The weird thing is that this week my family is with me and...

Modem Strong

Modem Strong

Twenty years ago I joined a company that was at the epicenter of interactive marketing. It was called Modem Media and I started just before its tenth birthday (I even got a snazzy blue laptop bag for being there when it turned double digits). I was hired as a research...

A Lever to Pull

A Lever to Pull

“You are just a lever I had to pull.” This was the rationale given to me by my former CEO when my position was terminated this past January. You know who pulls levers? Executioners, and when these words were spoken, images of Old Sparky came to mind. I suppose this...

How do I get to Heaven?

How do I get to Heaven?

Today was a day filled with some high highs and low lows. I was asked to at my high school as part of an enrichment program for the schools' scholars program; it was an honor that I will not soon forget and I have the picture to prove it. This evening I was asked to...

I’m turned off about always being turned on

I’m turned off about always being turned on

Last Thursday, we had a speaker come into the office to present some statistics on digital marketing. His leadoff statistic was one published by Microsoft that suggests humans only have an eight second attention span when looking up information online; you have eight...

When Did I Get Old?

When Did I Get Old?

I have a question that has been bothering since I woke up this morning. It’s not a question that is easy to answer nor is it a question that has been posed to be by others.  It’s a difficult question nonetheless – when did I get old? I don’t feel old mind you; in my...

Why?

Why?

I was in a very cranky mood this past Monday morning; my sleep was interrupted by our dog who decided 3am was a good time to go out. On top of that, I was dreading going back to work after almost two full weeks off and I took this frustration out on my wife by...

A Pirate Looks at 50

A Pirate Looks at 50

Today my brother Gregory turned 50 and while many people would dread such a milestone year, he was literally beaming from ear to ear.  He and my sister in law, Carolyn, had a very intimate affair with just a few other couples. The weather was great, the food was...