Category Lifestyle

A Story to Live By: My Talk from BUC

Hey all! If there’s one thing I’ve always been terrible at it’s taking time to video-record my talks. I’ve been speaking publicly since the age of 17 and have delivered around 300 unique talks—and yet until a week and a half ago, I don’t think I’ve ever video-recorded a single one of them! So, okay now, […]

Dreams Spelled H-U-S-T-L-E

Morning, y’all! Just jumping on with a quick Saturday morning post—a lot going on in life—a lot going on in ALL our lives. Seriously, no one ever said this life transition stuff was quick and easy. It’s not a difficult task to catch me asserting that My life is chaos. And often times “chaos” is modified by a […]

‘Rise & Fall’ is On Its Way!

An update on my new book, which seeks to foster greater dialogue between those of faith and those without. Use it as a tool for dialogue with friends and family. Amazon preorders releasing soon.

Life Purpose: Moving Out Means You Get to Pick Your Own

So here’s a question for you. Have you found your purpose yet? And here’s another question for you. When you hear people talk about Your Life Purpose, what’s your response? Do you get all excited and immediately feel some sort of greater connection to the bigger something of life? Or do you roll your eyes […]

The Oft-Repeated Question: What is Humanism?

The question is posed on at least a weekly basis. It comes up in various ways. Someone will ask about something they read or an interview they came across. And then they ask me: “So what is Secular Humanism?” Or even the more simplified version: “What is Humanism?” I suppose the curiosity and its subsequent […]

Resurrection: Because It’s Never Too Late to Take Your Life Back

This post actually comes from my Next Level Blog over at But I thought I’d share it here because I kinda think you all might enjoy it as well. Those of us in the post-faith crowd—and especially the post-religious-leadership crowd that many of us have found ourselves in—know all too well what it means […]

A Book Review: Sneddon’s ‘A’ is for Amazing Encyclopedia of Atheist-Stuff

I suppose it may be possible that we as a people are more accustomed, because of the reality of the internet, to the ability to look up random definitions for every anything that is out there waiting to be looked up. I know for myself at least, I’m constantly googling new words, like seriously almost […]

Her Challenge to Herself: My Daughter’s E-Book of Short Stories

Yes, my daughters were never in Girl Scouts, so this is my one chance to guilt trip people into buying stuff from my kids. And honestly, this will taste just as good and last even longer than than those cookies we love so damn much. Also at half the price. Go ahead and scroll directly […]

2-Day Offer: My New e-Book FREE!

Well, there it goes. The end of 2015. And now here we are at the beginning of its replacement. And so I have a question for you. It’s the kind of question that I suppose we hear a lot this time of year. No, I’m not asking you what your resolutions are. Though that may […]

Make It Happen: The Thrill of Goals Attained

So my life is pretty crazy right now. But honestly, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I mean, maybe eventually I would… Come to think of it, a nice beach vacation actually sounds pretty wonderful right now… Maybe in the Caribbean… I’ve actually only been out of the US once, and it was for a […]

Resources for Life: Master Your Money with Tony Robbins

If you’re like me, you might be great at things like balancing your checkbook and creating a budget to (mostly) stick to. All while the coded world of financial investments seems completely foreign in its extraterrestrialness. Then you’ve got the elusive art of actually making money off financial investments, and it just seems like a completely […]

More Than a Story: Learning to Live Without Fear

So what was your weekend’s Oscar-winning moment? In other words, what was the funniest or the most adventurous or most inspiring or outrageous moment of your weekend? Or, to put it yet another way, if your life was a movie, would people pay money to see it? Would there be anything worth watching? And if not, why? […]

Inspiring Greatness: The Call of a Virtuous Leadership

Just returned last night from three days at our company’s home office in the Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas. I suppose the meetings looked much like what you would find at any corporate gathering. Celebrating victories and inspiring new ones, increasing location alignment and sharpening brand awareness, equipping and empowering the team, sumptuous dinners and strong […]

Increasing Joy: A Resolution

Gathered around Table 9 while on break at the steakhouse, the question was posed yesterday: “Alright guys, so what are your new year’s resolutions?” As conversation made its way around the table, I saved mine for last while expeditiously searching for what it might be. I don’t have a long list of habits to break. And the goals I […]

An Even More Wonderful Life

Watched It’s a Wonderful Life this afternoon. Unlike your typical American, this was only the second time I’d seen the film, with the first being just five years or so ago. So no, for me this isn’t the annual Christmas tradition that it is for other people. Was more of a spontaneous indulgence instead. Most likely you’re not aware. […]

Why I Still LOVE Christmas!

It’s true. I’m an atheist. And kind of an outspoken one. And yet: I still love Christmas. But how is this possible? you might ask. Honestly, sometimes I feel the dead-cold stare of other atheists looking me down in dismay: Doesn’t this guy know he’s not supposed to do that anymore??? So I’d been planning to go ahead and write […]

An Expression of Thanks

What I’ve grown to cherish most about Thanksgiving Day is the part at the start of the dinner when everyone goes around the table and shares one thing they’re thankful for. I know for some this is a laborious chore, a painstaking and frivolous ritual that must be rushed along as fast as possible in […]

Sex & Dating

So this is a post about me debating whether or not to post about my experiences with sex and dating.  About relationships, etc. I’ve had some requests lately that I divulge any obstacles or adventures that I’ve experienced in my newfound post-Christian singleness.  Such a subject certainly falls under the very broad theme of my blog.  And since religion […]

A Little Fun with Scotch…

  Forget the McCafé. Never mind your Coca-Cola. And you can keep the frozen margaritas to yourself.   But the Scotch is mine.  All mine. To the day I die…  ;))

Birthday Magic and Popping Wonders

Last week was his birthday. My boss at the steakhouse. He had the evening off, so once all the guests cleared out, a few of us—about a dozen or so—stayed behind to finalize all the preparations in one of our restaurant’s private dining rooms. Banners and balloons. Beers and wine, cake and snacks. Vodka. Once […]