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27Aug/12Off

How I Self Published

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Since my book, Survivor, has come out, I have been asked a plethora of times what the process was, how long it took, and how I did it. So, I decided to create a blog article to detail what made me decide to self publish, the steps I went through, the pitfalls, my struggles, cost, and of course, how long the entire publishing thing took.

Let's go back to the beginning to really get this post kicked off properly ... In 1986 I was diagnosed with [...]

24Aug/12Off

Chiseled Abs

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

It seems that the whole world argues about whether big muscular men are attractive. Some believe that a sinuous (almost skinny) body of a runner looks best. While others look at the swimmer's build and wish to replicate it for themselves. And, yet another group looks at the massive bodybuilder physique and find that appealing. Regardless of which body type you dig on, there is one thing we can all agree [...]

23Aug/12Off

Stress Kills

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

The title is a bit ominous, but I honestly believe it's true! And, I'm not the only one. There are literally thousands of studies that show (and prove) that stress damages and deteriorates the immune system.

Stress and related issues is such an important topic to me that I've [...]

14Aug/12Off

Sheepdog in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I am a warrior. And, I have warrior's blood flowing in my veins. My father fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star for acts of bravery. That said, the joke is on me … I was born in the body of a hemophiliac. And, on top of that, I contracted HIV back in the 80’s from a bad blood transfusion. That is why I call myself a sheepdog in sheep’s clothing. You see, I am constantly on the lookout for the wolf, but if I find him, we may both [...]

9Aug/12Off

A Son’s Eulogy for Julien Kim Ripley

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

My dad, Julien Kim Ripley, died on December 4th, 2011 at 1:12 a.m. It has been almost a year and not a day goes by that I do not think about him. In tribute, I decided to blog a eulogy.

Often when you see a headstone in a graveyard [...]