4 Hacks that Will Purpose Your Life Forward

Purpose in life makes all the difference. Like an SOS from a son or daughter Like a life-and-death rescue Like the rudder of a ship Like a job interview Like a rifle’s scope Like a challenge Like a GPS Normal people have moments of purpose, spurred by circumstances or by someone they love. When these […]


Death Be Not Proud… and Stop Giving Us the Willies!

(listen to the coffee shop version below) Death is a nagging, lurking, soulless old enemy. And He gives us the willies! The poet John Donne talked back with attitude: “Death be not proud!” He knew something that we should know. Growing up we used odd names for the rooms in our drafty old New Englander. […]


6 Words that Lay the Foundation for Successful Parenting

Parenting is a tricky business. We’ve been at it for over thirty years and now we’re correcting our mistakes on our grandchildren. There are no perfect parents and no perfect children, but that shouldn’t keep us from aiming high. After the birth of two granddaughters last week, I got to thinking about the challenges moms […]


Death is Our Greatest Fear and Our Greatest Fascination

(Listen to the coffee shop version below) Death is like a forbidden fruit. It’s hard to look at but irresistible. Jerry Seinfeld cited a study of our greatest fears. The number one fear was public speaking. Death was number two. Seinfeld concluded that at a funeral it would be more desirable to be in the casket […]

Valentine's Day

4 Reasons Why Valentine’s Day Should Be Banned

As the world gears up to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I am calling for a ban. Please don’t stop reading yet. I know I’m flying in the face of history, tradition and the candy industry, but hear me out. Last year at this time I tried to turn the tide of lovers toward love rather than […]


10 Nuggets of Wisdom that Are like Tie-Downs for Your Life

I love the Book of Proverbs, jammed full of short, pithy, sayings inspired by God and true to life; wisdom in small doses for daily consumption and lifelong benefit. With so much foolishness being served up in our culture, we need a counterpunch, an antidote, a long-term cure. The proverbs that follow are like tie-downs […]


6 Well-Intentioned Comments Christians Need to Stop Making

I get it. Someone’s hurting or in trouble or trying to figure things out, and you rise to the challenge. You are well-intentioned but ill-advised in some of the things you say, Christian. You know what they say about, “the road to hell…” I’ve said most of these things at one time or another so […]


6 Strategies that Will Help You Resist the Foods You Love

My name is Greg and I’m a Carboholic. Resist is not a word I use when eating my favorite foods. Muffins, cakes, breads, chips, pizza, coffee rolls, apple fritters, mashed potatoes, French fries and almost every kind of bread. These are a few of my favorite things. Who needs vegetables anyway? My life is a […]


Your Life-in-Balance Checklist for 2018

“Lifedeck” refers to a life that is in balance. Think firm footing. Think a solid foundation. Think of the four corners of your life: Physical, Spiritual, Relational, Financial. There! You have everything you need to start the most successful year of your life. All you need to do now is to drill down a little. […]


The Best Self-Improvement Posts of 2017 (According to You)

Self-improvement can mean a lot of things. The best things are those that last beyond the New Year and for the rest of your life. My passion is to write about those things. Maybe you’ve heard that philosophical brain teaser: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, […]