Who Wants A Hug?   Recently updated !

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 […]


The Taizokai Mandala

Adopting Archetypes: How Ancient Wisdom Helps Us Process Bad Shit   Recently updated !

Bad things happen every single day. Bad people are a fact of life. As much as we might try to be optimistic, there are times when it seems like the scourge of society is at peak force – a tidal surge of scumbaggery looking to wreak havoc on our calm, peaceful lives. Earlier this week, […]

Give Yourself Freedom   Recently updated !

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 […]

Who Dares Lives

Keep going.  Never quit.

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 […]

Gettin' after it in 2015

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. […]


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 […]

Burpees for Breakfast: 50 Burpees Every Single Day in 2014

If you read my post on 10 Ways to Make Your 2014 Better, you know that helping others is always a big part of any new year plans. It’s something I firmly believe in; you generate all sorts of good karma and the positivity of helping really goes far beyond the act itself. This year, […]

One Year at Reebok CrossFit Medfield

Exactly one year ago, I walked into Reebok CrossFit Medfield and took my first class with two of the most amazing people I’ve been fortunate to meet, Spencer Hendel and Luis Alvarez. I remember the day well; my initial plan was to attend the 9:30am class, but my son came home sick from school and […]