It’s your life. The only one you have. No one gets out alive. So you might as well live it happily.

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I feel many people view me as a guy’s guy. I talk shit with the best of them when the situation is right. I’ve been the fittest guy in the room at times. I’ve done the military thing and the prison thing. I’ve lived high on the hog and have…

I may have finished my sentence 14 years ago, but in many ways I’m still doing time.

When I was 20, I decided to join the Army. I went to the recruiter and told them to put me in the Army. Two months later, under the shadow of darkness, I arrived at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, to begin my training as an Armor crewmember on an M1A1 Abrams…

Lessons Learned From My Parents

Both of my parents were terrible examples of how to live. Both were marred with inner demons in which they self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. By the time they reached their 40’s, they had looked as if they were well into their 50’s. Neither made it to 50. My father…

With Our Changing Climate, We must Acknowledge The Obstacles In Store For Our Future

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Over the past 15 to 20 years, there has been a noticeable uptick in wildfires globally. Just here in the United States, it seems fire season has become a year-round thing. The Australian wildfires of 2019–2020 burned over 46 million acres and were declared one of the world’s worst wildlife…

I grabbed my buddy, who had handed me the lighter, and screamed, “I’m on fire!”

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Throughout my teens, there was a constant lack of parental supervision. My mother was a single mother who worked nightshift. While she slept during the days, my life resembled Lord of the Flies. I was a badass kid, to say the least. All my friends hung out at my house…

Today I witnessed a dog fall out on the floor in a temper tantrum and huff due to the fact he had to wait for a pie to cool.

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My wife has recently discovered the joy of baking; she’s been baking all sorts of things. I haven’t the slightest idea of their names. She gets a lot of her inspiration from watching The Great British Baking Show. All of her projects turn out well. Good enough, I have to…

Restarting your strength training after 40

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Throughout my twenties I worked out consistently. I ran, lifted weights mostly. What drew me to it was all the physiques in the weightlifting magazines you’d see on newsstands. As I ventured further into, I began to realize those physiques that Schwarzenegger, Zane, and Coleman flaunted were unattainable by anyone…

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