The Pearl by Rumi

I love this short poem. The Pearl   Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real Sufis just laugh: Nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell doesn't damage the pearl.   Rumi Photo: flickr / Omar...

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10 Tips To Make That Weekend Getaway Unforgettable.

This article is featured on the Good Men Project.  Click here to visit the site. There is no doubt that a weekend getaway can provide excitement and adventure and intimacy for a relationship. I noticed, especially with children in the house, when my partner and I took...

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In Praise of Tim Ferriss

Many years ago, my good friend David, a very successful business owner, suggested I read a book with the crazy proposition that I could work four hours a week (rather than the forty I was expending) and be just as productive. The book was aptly titled “The 4 Hour...

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Out of Control

Yesterday, I thought I had a stroke. I was walking down a street in Chiang Mai, Thailand, having just gone to my local AIS cell phone office. I will be heading off to Vietnam in a few weeks, and I had questions about maintaining phone service while away. On my way...

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856 Days (Getting lost in your life)

You might ask yourself, how does a guy over stay his visa by 856 days? How does someone come to Thailand on a 60-day tourist visa, and then not leave for nearly 3 years? It is not as uncommon as you might think. As Anthony Bourdain said, “Asia ruined me!” I had to...

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Living Full Out (I’ll sleep when I can.)

This blog post is about removing the lies that we carry around which help to sabotage our experience of a rich and full life. I have carried around an idea, a false belief that things should work according to a plan. The idea goes that anything that deviates from the...

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Respecting Culture (it’s “kob jay” here!)

I find I have a bit of cultural arrogance. I am not of Thai descent. And I have only been here in Thailand for 3 months. Still, I guess because I am having such a wonderful time here, and the people for the most part have a beautiful spirit and have embraced me as one...

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Wisdom of the 2 Jeffs (Round holes and square pegs.)

This past week, I had to make a border run. It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Border Run. In order to get a new visa to be in Thailand for an additional 6 months, I had to leave Thailand, go to Vientiane, Laos, visit the Thailand visa office, apply for and purchase the...

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Samadhi on the River (surrender already!)

"Take me to the river And wash me down Won't you cleanse my soul Put my feet on the ground" Al Green - Take Me To The River This past weekend, I ventured out of Chiang Mai and into the countryside. I rode an elephant and visited a rural village filled with children,...

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Mon’s Integrity (no good for him, no good for me.)

Mon is a beautiful woman, mid 40s, who currently works two jobs. Morning job is running a restaurant. Evening job is serving drinks and running a bar. I met Mon on my first bar visit in Chiang Mai several weeks ago. She brought me my Singha beer, and we played a game...

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