Ballerino — ME!

A few months ago I rehearsed for and danced in a ballet. My friend’s daughter has been involved in ballet for a long time. For the past few years his wife has asked me if I wanted to be in the ballet as there is a perennial shortage of males for the ballet. I’d vaguelyContinue reading “Ballerino — ME!”

The Passing of a Childhood Friend

Today I attended the funeral of a neighbor and friend from my childhood. I read his obituary yesterday in the newspaper (which was unusual because I don’t usually read the newspaper, much less the obituary section). The day was the most beautiful, breezy, sunny, puffy-white-clouds-sailing-by day that one could ever wish for. And this personContinue reading “The Passing of a Childhood Friend”

Wonderful Amsterdam and Paris

Last month I had the good fortune of visiting an old and dear friend in beautiful Amsterdam, Netherlands. I arrived at Schiphol Airport at about 9am local time after getting about two and a half hours of sleep on the plane trip (the Netherlands is about six hours ahead). After passing through customs my friendContinue reading “Wonderful Amsterdam and Paris”

Traumatic Masturbatory Syndrome and Pornography = Unsatisfactory Heterosexual Sex Life

A friend of mine recently told me that his sex life had been absolutely horrible over the past year. After a huge spat with his wife last summer over a misunderstanding, their sexual relations had turned cold. During this cold spell, my friend resorted to masturbation and pornography to relieve his sexual urges. Studies haveContinue reading “Traumatic Masturbatory Syndrome and Pornography = Unsatisfactory Heterosexual Sex Life”

Exercise and the Mind

I recently read the book ‘Spark – the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain’ by John J. Ratey, MD. The book reaffirmed several things that I’ve known about exercise and many other things that I perhaps suspected about exercise that I could never actually put my finger on. I’ve always been rather religiousContinue reading “Exercise and the Mind”

Please Fly Me to New Zealand

In early December I visited the gorgeous country of New Zealand. After a 14 hour plane trip from L.A. to Auckland in the most uncomfortable plane seats known to humanity (all other aspects of Air New Zealand were wonderful, however) I arrived in New Zealand. Upon arriving in Auckland, we took a ferry ride acrossContinue reading “Please Fly Me to New Zealand”

Coincidences or Hints from the Universe?

I just finished reading Deepak Chopra’s ‘Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence’. A close friend of mine has long contended that coincidences are the universe’s way of providing guidance into the direction of your life. I never paid much attention to coincidences and after reading Chopra’s book I realize that I’veContinue reading “Coincidences or Hints from the Universe?”

In the Glow of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Well, who could read Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’ without wanting to read ‘Atlas Shrugged’, right? So here I sit in the glow of having just finished reading Atlas Shrugged. This is a beautiful book that I look forward to reading again and again. As I read the book I thought of myself and my beliefsContinue reading “In the Glow of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged”