• Rich and Traci at the Gaylord
    at the Gaylord 2012
Adios Social Media

Adios Social Media

You ever felt whooped? I mean worn-out, beaten down, tired, weary, and the overall feeling that your energy has been sucked out of you? I mean you swallow a 5-Hour Energy while drinking a Mt. Dew and you get no pick-me-up? I mean whooped! That’s how I have felt for too long, and it the gloom spreads deeper into the recesses of my mind. I was having a talk with…

House of Echoes

House of Echoes

I recently completed a book by a new author, Brendan Duff, @Brendan_Duffy on Twitter.  I found it a very remarkable book for his first published book. I hated to see the final chapter as I turned the page. This is not a book review blog post, but I do highly recommend buying his book. It’s a great novel – thriller, mystery, suspense. The reason I am bothering to mention the…

Why I’ll Never Stop Dreaming

Why I’ll Never Stop Dreaming

As long as I can remember, people have called me a dreamer. I don’t think it’s always been a complement, nor was it stated to be a positive attribute. I guess they thought that Kenny Rogers was a prophet when he sang: “Don’t fall in love with a dreamer, ’cause he’ll break you every time.” I think people were trying to say that I needed to be more realistic, come…

The BIG Weight Loss Plan

The BIG Weight Loss Plan

I’m 51 freaking years old… and going to add one more year to that total in about 6 weeks. I am currently fat. I am in poor shape. My vital signs are not looking pretty. I am currently on one blood pressure medication. Today… that changes.  BOOM! I began exercising almost 3 weeks ago. I joined LA Fitness and signed up for a full year membership.  I feel a teench…

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Have you ever been to the lost and found section of your child’s school near the end of the school year? I remember going to my kids’ school (a small private school) and seeing dozens of sweatshirts, nice jackets, backpacks, belts, pants, shoes, books, TI calculators, and tons of other gadgets and items that students had left behind. All-in-all, this was thousands and thousands of dollars worth of name brand…

2017… I’m Finally Ready For Ya!

2017… I’m Finally Ready For Ya!

It took me a solid month to get my goal setting, planning, vision, and dreams set for the year. Now I’m ready.  This blog post is more for my own sake than it is for anyone else. I believe in writing out my goals, sharing them, making them public, and always before me. So, let’s get started… and not in any particular order because they are all priority! Health I’m…

Ol Tukai, Amboseli, and Dusty Roads

Ol Tukai, Amboseli, and Dusty Roads

Day 1 – A Road Less Traveled It was Summer 1996, we had a one-week break from our Swahili language lessons, and we wanted to see more of Kenya. We built a comfortable place for our two girls (ages 3 and 1) to play and relax in the back of our 1988 Isuzu Trooper for a safari to Amboseli National Park. We drove down through the Ngong Hills, passing tea…

What Happened 20 Years Ago

What Happened 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago I disembarked from a British Airways DC10 and stepped into the international terminal at Chicago O’Hare with my wife and two small girls. Twenty-four hours of flying and layovers is typically enough to make anyone’s brain feel like jello and their thoughts foggy – but the compounding of events that led to this moment would forever change me. I was dazed, deadpan, and totally numb. It was 20…