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The Only Time The Answer is a Definite “No”   Recently updated !

It amazes me how many people want something and yet never do the easiest thing in the world before deciding that they’ll never get the thing they desire. What is it that they fail to do? Ask for it. Asking is, at its core, a risk. You’re putting something out there – a desire – […]

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Turn Off Your Automatic Excuse Generator

A couple of weeks ago I was riding shotgun in my friend’s car. As we took a turn, he nearly sideswiped a mailbox. When I mentioned it to him, he shrugged it off. “Yeah, this car is a little wide.” Uh…no, it’s not that the car was wide, he had incorrectly estimated how much space […]


Who Wants A Hug?

I do. I spent last night catching up with a buddy of mine who is just back from distant lands. We got to talking about perceptions of strength and weakness and how those perceptions get portrayed in media, how society treats them, and how both of us have been affected by those perceptions. My friend […]

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Give Yourself Freedom

I know this person… …okay, that’s not entirely accurate. I know several people like this. But for the purposes of this post, we’ll just clump them all together under one, okay? Bear with me. I know this person. She’s amazing. She’s got a compassionate soul, depth of character, an inquisitive mind, a great laugh, and […]

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There’s No Shame In Coming In Last: NEVER QUIT

I read a blog yesterday written by a wanna-be fitness coach who is entering her first CrossFit competition soon. One of her stated goals for this competition is to “not come in last.” Sigh. Here’s what that “goal” says to me about the person who wrote it: she’s insecure about her fitness level and doesn’t […]


7 Ways To Not Suck At 2015

The new year is upon us, and with it, a non-stop avalanche of blog posts about how to make the best of your new year. And here’s one more. As I did last year, when I offered up some tips to improve your 2014, I’m back with another list of things I’m working on and […]

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Police Hostage Situation Developing In Sydney

The Sydney Siege & Self-Protection

NOTE: I originally wrote this up over on Facebook, but a good friend of mine, Jim Cobb, requested that I turn it into a blog post. So here it is. My newsfeed is filled with a staggering amount of ignorance today in the wake of the Sydney siege. We live in a dangerous world; there […]


GHOST IN THE MACHINE: A FREE Lawson Vampire Story by Jon F. Merz

Yesterday was my birthday and to celebrate, I’m giving away a brand NEW Lawson Vampire story called GHOST IN THE MACHINE. It’s absolutely FREE for a limited time so grab your copy below in one of three file formats: .pdf, .epub, or .mobi In this story, it’s 1992 and Lawson owes a friend a favor. […]


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Exorcising Demons: GORUCK Challenge Class #973 Boston AAR

In October of 2012, I attempted my first GORUCK Challenge. I’d purchased the event back over the summer as a “gift” for myself and had been looking forward to the opportunity. I love challenging myself and hearing about GORUCK made signing up pretty easy – they were doing what I wanted to do. And since […]