When I think of the moments of elation I have experienced over some of my successes, I am astounded at the number of times they have been accompanied by elation's hellish opposite. -Steve Martin

Stoicism

What does it mean to hold yourself accountable? I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve been reading up on Marcus Aurelius.  It never ceases to amaze me how little people have changed over time in terms of our demons and innermost desires.   I find myself sometimes reading a bit of history or something,…

The War of the Wills

As far back as I can remember, my mother has attempted to control the course of my life by reprimanding every attempt at individuality. My mother wanted me to learn piano whereas I wanted to learn to play the violin, and I was not allowed to learn any instrument if I did not learn piano.…

Not a Bologna Sandwich

The most uncomfortable truth about Heroin and opiate addiction is that it affords the user one of two options-you get sober, or you die. That is the rule of the game you play when you invite that monster in your life. I did not make the rule. It just is. My area is not well-known…

Road Rage

An astronomical portion of my job is travel. I get an oil change every two to three weeks, if that puts it into perspective. As a result, I have made some observations so obvious to me yet oblivious to half of the population sharing those roads with me. Most people seem painfully unaware of this…