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Philadelphia and Starbucks: How blind are we to sexism hurting men?

on April 23, 2018 in Awareness, Perception

The past few days have seen many articles on the Philadelphia police arresting two black men in Starbucks. Let’s look at the New York Times article, Starbucks Arrests, Outrageous to Some, Are Everyday Life for Others, for example. It begins PHILADELPHIA — The video of the police arresting two black men in a Starbucks, viewed more than 10 million times online, quickly prompted a full-blown crisis: accusations of racism, protests both in[…] Keep reading →

Cold showers aren’t hard showers. They’re easy workouts.

on April 22, 2018 in Fitness, Habits,, Leadership, SIDCHAs, Tips

Cold Showers Aren’t Hard Showers. They’re Easy Workouts. Confusion about their purpose scare people from realizing their value as one of the easiest, cheapest, and effective improvement practices. I’ve written here many times on the benefits of cold showers. I’ve blogged more about them. You wouldn’t have clicked on the headline if you weren’t curious about them or already doing them. Inc. is a community of achievers and has covered[…] Keep reading →

My salt experiment

on April 21, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Habits, Nature, Perception

When I was a kid, my mom and stepfather switched from salted butter to unsalted. I remember the unsalted tasted bland, like nothing. I couldn’t stand it. Some time later—maybe weeks or months, I don’t remember—I tasted salted butter again for the first time. It tasted terrible! It was way too salty. Of course, the amount of salt in the butter didn’t change. I did. My taste buds had adjusted[…] Keep reading →

How not drinking soda became trivially easy for me

on April 20, 2018 in Fitness, Stories

In college in the late 80s, amid a global movement to avoid doing business with companies doing business with apartheid South Africa, I stopped buying Coca-cola products. Years later, Mandela became president and my conscience felt clear about buying their products. They make a lot of products, so I had to research all their stuff. I thought, I remember why I stopped drinking coke, but I don’t remember why I[…] Keep reading →

The Growth to Freedom podcast: “Discover Leadership That Works”

on April 19, 2018 in Audio, Leadership

Dan Kuschell and I met last year and became friends over our similar passions for leadership—servant leadership in particular. Read his bio and watch his videos below to see his story. Scheduling appearing on his podcast took forever, but it finally happened. Today I bring you our conversation on his show, Growth to Freedom. Knowing someone so long makes the conversation more friendly, open, and vulnerable. We approached common issues[…] Keep reading →

040: Which is easier, freeing slaves or not using disposable bottles?

on April 18, 2018 in Podcast

This episode asks some personal questions that are challenging if you haven’t thought them through enough to act on them. I think they’ll help you live by your values if you do. Which is easier, for a slave owner to free his or her slaves or for you to stop using disposable water bottles and food packaging, flying around the world, turning down the thermostat and wearing a sweater in[…] Keep reading →

Thoughts on stretching while stretching

on April 17, 2018 in Fitness, Habits

I used to be limber, in my twenties. In a hurdler stretch I could touch my nose to my knee with my knee straight. During my twice daily burpee-based calisthenic routine I do a couple stretches—my hamstring for sixty breaths immediately after the burpees and a bridge stretch for nine breaths near the end of the routine. I didn’t start stretching to get limber, though. I keep reading that flexibility[…] Keep reading →

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