Articles Posted in the " Personal " Category

  • A Tribute to My Father, Ed Axelrod

    A Tribute to My Father, Ed Axelrod

    Ed Axelrod’s passing on August 10, 2006 left a big hole in my life. I spent the next 24 hours writing his life story which I read at his funeral. “A Tribute to My Father” became a 1640 word catharsis for me, and a fitting tribute to a man whose personality and stature were bigger […]


  • For Azeem Every Day is Thanksgiving Day

    In 2007 a taxi driver named Azeem changed my life. He expressed what we too often take for granted. His words impact me today as they resounded then. I know where Azeem is today. It’s the same place he is every day because… For Azeem, every day is Thanksgiving Day. Let me know if his […]


  • 5 Years In California…Lessons Learned LIVE

    Today I am five years living in California. On this day each of the past four years I posted my “lessons learned” since moving here. This year, I’m changing the game. Rather than writing about it, I decided to celebrate “Five Years in California” by hosting a… LIVE webcast today, June 17, 2015. You can […]


  • NEW Year, NEW Game

    NEW Year, NEW Game

    I commit to: 1 – Eliminate these “11 Killers of Human Potential” (and humans): righteousness, certainty, arrogance, bitterness, judgment, denial, attachment, envy, comparison, ego, and fear. 2 – Stop committing the “7 Deadly Sins of Self-Abuse” – instead of what I should, ought, must, need, supposta, hafta, and gotta do, I choose my life. 3 […]


  • For Azeem Every Day is Thanksgiving Day

    For Azeem Every Day is Thanksgiving Day

    In 2007 a cab driver named Azeem changed my life. He expressed what we too often take for granted. His words impact me today as they resounded then. I know where Azeem is today. It’s the same place he is every day because… For Azeem, every day is Thanksgiving Day. Let me know if his […]


  • Do We Still Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident?

    Do We Still Hold These Truths to Be Self Evident?

    Originally published 7/4/08 The American Film Institute voted it the 29th greatest American movie quote of all-time. Spit-polished, ramrod straight, eyes ablaze, crimson neck bulging fury, Marine Colonel Nathan Jessep (Jack Nicholson) barks defiantly through his tightly clenched pearly whites: “You can’t handle the truth!” My dad taught me to value truth as sacred. My […]


  • 4 Years in Cali – 44 More Lessons Learned

    On June 17, 2010 I heeded the call to “go west young man.” After 45 days of getting rid of everything I owned, I flew from New Jersey to San Diego with four suitcases in hand. On June 17, 2011 I wrote a blog post of lessons learned called, “One Year in Cali: 365 Days […]


  • A Tribute to My Father, Ed Axelrod

    On this Father’s Day I’m reminded of so many things that make up the man I most admired. I was blessed to have more than 50 years with Ed Axelrod. His passing in 2006 left a big hole in my life. That day he left us I sat at his dining room table and spent […]


  • My Best Friend Gone 5 Years

    I Miss My Best Friend May 20, 2014 Five years ago today my best friend died in my arms. Bruiser the English bulldog was 10. “Man” and dog have a special love affair. Unconditional dog love touches our soul in a forever way. My tribute to Bruiser opened up emotional floodgates. It triggered the biggest […]


  • 3 years in Cali… more lessons learned

    3 years in Cali… more lessons learned

    Today marks three years I’m living in California. In 2011 I wrote these 33 lessons I learned in my first year in Cali. In 2012 I scribed 21 more lessons learned in my second year in Cali. This year, it’s a baker’s dozen, 13 lessons learned. Most are new, some bear repeating, all are worth […]