Our New Dark Age of Rage

I find it strange that people feel the need to find another people to hate.

Minding the Workplace


When it comes to emotions driving so much of our public discourse and individual decision making these days, rage seems to be all the rage. Anger and vitriol expressed face-to-face and online are often overcoming calmer, kinder, more reasoned voices, sometimes with harsh and even tragic consequences.

Last month, security officers at the Cincinnati Zoo had to kill a beloved gorilla after a young boy had found his way into the animal’s living space. Angry public outcry emerged from certain circles, with some even claiming that the animal should’ve been spared at the expense of the boy.

On June 12, a man apparently fueled by both homophobia and ISIS-inspired rage killed 49 people and injured 53 others at an Orlando nightclub.

Last week, a slight majority of British voters, many of whom were stoked by angry resentment toward immigrants and outsiders, voted for their country to leave the European Union…

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Five to Follow: The Best Financial Advice on Social Media

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If you’re like me, you often moan about the political posts and pictures of food that fill your social media feeds. Why not sprinkle in some tips for saving money at the grocery store or ways to maximize your tax return? Turn your social media feed into your own personal finance advisor by following these five influential posters:




Find tips for frugal living, financial wellness and consumer protection from a trusted non-profit that has been helping people improve their financial well-being for over 60 years.

Tiff The Budgetnista:



Tiff’s motto is to LIVE RICHER and she empowers you to do just that through her motivational social media posts. Follow her and get engaged with her powerful online community.

Mr. Money Mustache:



Mr. Money Mustache retired at age 30! He focuses on cutting wasteful spending to create a more fulfilling life, both financially and…

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Book List: Books That Can Change Your Life

Making an intentional change in your life is not that easy of a thing to accomplish. I know this as I have made a few and continue to struggle to make a few more. Below is a list of books that have helped me along the way. I hope they help you.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki is the book that taught me how to think about money. Without this book I never would have invested, bought real estate or wrote my first book The Bartender is Your Landlord: Why The Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone Can Join Their Ranks. Hence this book is at the top of the list as it inspired the most changes in my life.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 9.23.17 AMClean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger will change how you think about food, leaving you with a healthy body, more energy and less ailments. Add a little exercise and meditation to the eating guidelines in this book and you will be on your way to an amazing life!

Ancient Wisdom: Modern World by Dalai Lama has the potential to change how you view the people around you and how you treat them, perhaps leaving you happier and more content in your own life. Wonderful read.

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 8.33.29 AMLiving with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy by Mallika Chopra is a quick read allowing the reader a glimpse into the life of someone quite similar to ourselves on her journey to finding her purpose. Fun and educational.

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chödrön not only teaches the art of mindfulness but shows us how to use it to stop making the same mistakes If you are looking for change this book can help bring it about. Certainly helped me with my temper.



Not Disposable

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I had a very telling experience with my five-year old and his best friend recently.  While at our house, the friend was playing very roughly with his toy and broke it.  I anticipated that he would be devastated and started to console him, saying that I hate that it broke and I bet he liked it a lot.  He shrugged, smiled and said, “It’s OK. My mom will just get me a new one.”   I stammered my way through the rest of the conversation, but what he said hit home and has generated discussion in our household about caring for what we have.  It’s not only a good idea ecologically, but economically.

I started doing research about the waste created by our society.  One telling article (click here) shares that our economy is overrun with clothing, mostly cheaply made.  There is literally more than we can process…

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How Much Are You Willing To Lose?

This says a lot about dedication to our art. Wonderful read for writers everywhere.

Aidan J. Reid

How Much Are You Willing To Lose?When I was twenty-four years old I spent a summer travelling down the west coast of the US.

One of my final stops was Las Vegas.

I had never been to Vegas before. I wasn’t much of a gambler, but I had a few days to kill until my flight across to Boston and, having stretched my budget pretty well up until that point, decided to fritter away some money.

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Book Recommendation – Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra

Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra was a gift both in actuality and for the lessons it left me with.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 9.43.00 AMThis is an interesting work of historical fiction as it follows the life of a saint which many o us know little about. Though to be honest after reading the book I am not sure I know much more, though I got a taste of what his life must have been like. This novel has certainly intrigued me enough that I want to learn more, which I gather from the epilogue was the author’s intention.

For me the best part of this novel was when we followed the monk Gautama. The lessons he learned as he searched for enlightenment will stay with me, particularly the harsh lesson regarding saintly behaviour in Chapter 12.

All in all this was a good read which gives a brief and fictional glimpse into the life of one of the most peaceful men who ever lived and the beginnings of a religion based around lifestyle instead of worship. Thus I recommend it.

Tao Te Ching Chapters 6 & 7

I have shared both chapters 6 and 7 in this post due to the nature of Chapter 6. It is a touch too abstract for me with its symbolism. Perhaps because I am not living in China in 2500 BC??? As such I have ordered my copy of Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained by Derek Lin. I have stated before that I require a guide for this, he seems to be the one.

Chapter 7 seems to suggest that by serving others we can in fact achieve our own goals. I like that.

Thank you as always to Taoism.net for providing the Tao Te Ching.

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.29.54 AMChapter 6

The valley spirit, undying
Is called the Mystic Female

The gate of the Mystic Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth

It flows continuously, barely perceptible
Utilize it; it is never exhausted
Chapter 7

Heaven and Earth are everlasting
The reason Heaven and Earth can last forever
Is that they do not exist for themselves
Thus they can last forever

Therefore the sages:
Place themselves last but end up in front
Are outside of themselves and yet survive
Is it not due to their selflessness?
That is how they can achieve their own goals

I Can’t Imagine a Person Becoming a Success Who Doesn’t Give This Game of Life Everything He’s Got – Walter Cronkite — The Seeds 4 Life

Success is a result of consistent action. It’s not a quick or sudden happening, it’s not the result of a lucky break or privileged means – Success is a product of your daily disciplines. It’s a reflection of your attitude towards work, and your willingness to push through failure. It’s the decision to work that…

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