Consumed by Consumerism

You wake up sweaty and uncomfortable from a bad dream. No, a nightmare. It's dark outside and the cool breeze feels nice. No, the sunlight is creeping up through the clouds as it does at four o'clock each morning this time of year in Idaho. That's when you see it. No, them. All of them, with their red, beady eyes watching you in the dark--watching you sleep. You decide enough is enough. You get up and make your escape out of the bedroom. As you enter the hallway you can just make out more of them; more of it. Nothing…


Remembering My Father – Father’s Day 2019

Most people remember their father's by the Saturday morning baseball pitch or the Sunday backyard BBQ's. My memories with my father were centered around drinking, smoking, guns, and motorcycles--that pretty much sums it up. I have spent the last eleven years not talking about my dad. Like all people, my father had some issues. During the first week of his life, he was abandoned by his mother and adopted by another family. This haunted him for much of his life. His escape came in the form of wine--Merlot to be specific. This wasn't his only vice, however--he also loved guns…


Defining Success

There is a small hill in Idaho Falls that looks out across the valley and down on its inhabitants. The land up there is arid and unusable. There are snakes, and every summer, the land is approached by wildfires. The closest living tree happens to be with the common folk at the bottom of the hill. This hill is where you'll find the Idaho Falls elite. The joke around here is that when a person becomes successful, they move out of the valley and up on the hill. These people measure there success by their perch upon this hill. Why…


On Buddhism and The Noble Eightfold Path

Life is suffering; the sooner we all realize it, the better off we'll be. It's how we process this suffering that makes us who we are. I am writing this blog post to help others understand the benefits of the Buddha's teachings and how I apply these teachings to my own life. The great thing about Buddhism is that the Buddha stated the level of commitment ultimately depends upon the person. If one wants to achieve nirvana (nibbana), The Noble Eightfold Path is how one would achieve this; however, you can get pretty close by adapting these principles into your…


New York, New York

New York was a city where you could be frozen to death in the midst of a busy street and nobody would notice.Bob Dylan I have been to New York City twice now--both trips happen to be for business. I've never had the pleasure of coming here with family or friends to see the sights and the shows. I hope to make that visit one day, but these business trips have taught me much about the Big Apple. Before my first visit to New York in January of last year, people told me many things about the city and its…


Meditation for a Skeptic

unsplash-logoJD Mason Close your eyes for just a moment and think about meditation. What's the first thing that comes to mind? Was it a man dressed in dark red robes sitting cross-legged on a plush pillow in the center of a room adorned with candles and mysterious objects? Perhaps the air smelled of sage, lavender, sandalwood, or frankincense? Was the man floating six inches above the floor? Were there mystical colors swirling around his chakras? Perhaps he was creating doorways to alternate dimensions in the form of bright green circles of light like Marvel's Doctor Strange? Perhaps all of these…


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