Journal

  • Exercise Can Make You Less Healthy

    This is me in a COLD glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies in 1991. Growing up, my parents never talked about exercise or calories, but they did deeply value health. We spent a lot of time working in our family’s […]

  • Vulnerability Makes You Stronger

    A dear friend and I have an ongoing conversation about vulnerability, which is a word that usually invokes images of touchy-feely self-help stuff and psychotherapy sessions. That’s certainly a quick and easy way to dismiss it. In North America, where […]

  • I Am Not A Guru

    There’s an interesting thing that humans do: we mentally connect things that may or may not be actually connected. In our ancient past, pattern recognition was key to our survival. If a predator attacked you at dusk a few days […]

  • Sit With Your Loneliness

    “Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” —Douglas Coupland

    “When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely… Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of […]

  • Killing Your Own Food

    Given that I spent more than 20 years of my life as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I’ve come a long way with meat. As I learned of the profound health-promoting effects of eating well-raised, naturally-fed healthy animals, I transitioned fairly easily […]

  • Bone Broth, Shame, And Book Sales

    Shaming is a rotten way to sell things.

    Well, I take that back. It’s actually a spectacular way to sell things, and it’s a well-proven marketing strategy. Preying on people’s fears and insecurities by reminding them of undesirable physical traits makes […]

  • This Is Not Okay

    This pissed me off.

    I mean, I don’t even know where to start with all the things that are wrong here. First of all, it’s a gift card. Meaning it’s intended to give to someone else. And why exactly would you […]

  • I Am Embarrassed By This Picture

    I am embarrassed by this picture. Well, not really embarrassed, I guess, but it really punches me in the gut.

    Yesterday, I went up one of the beautiful canyons in Utah not too far from home to shoot some photographs. I […]

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