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28Jan/13Off

Sugared Water

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Apple Computer wanted John Sculley to join them as CEO and apply his marketing skills to the personal computer market. Sculley was not sure that he wanted to join Apple and Steve Jobs sealed the deal when he made his legendary pitch to John, "Do you want to [...]

22Jan/13Off

Eyes of the Hawk’s, Part One

Posted by Guest Blogger

I shake off the last of my morning java jitters and step through the door carefully. Here I am.

A deep breath marries me to the smell of the desert. Sage is plentiful here. There are some manzanita off through the mesa. A roadrunner couple precociously dances at a million miles an hour at the very edge of my peripheral vision. I know they're there, well enough. My companions, blind though they are, know too. Regular doses of [...]

19Jan/13Off

The Cowboy-up Workout

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Today I am back in motivational mode. We are going to learn what Cowboy-up means to me.


No, I do not wear cowboy boots and a six-shooter during my workouts. These are merely props to demonstrate my euphemism. Besides, they look cool next to the iron.

I must start this blog article with a [...]

1Jan/13Off

Resolutions for 2013

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Every year most of us come up with a list of resolutions to accomplish during the new year. I did some research and found several surveys that list the top ten resolutions that folks choose. I took the liberty of compiling my own list based on several lists I found. These appear to be the most important [...]

31Dec/12Off

Another New Year

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

In circa 1973, Frank Zappa released a song about television. This song, I Am the Slime (Oozing Out of Your TV Set), tells a tale of how bad TV can be ... Well, I often think of this song with a futuristic slant on it. I think in the 90's you could have replaced TV with video games. Nowadays you might be able to say the same thing about the Facebook. To me, it is a necessary evil ... Yet I also think its the slime oozing out of our computers.

You're probably wondering what Facebook has to do with [...]

22Dec/12Off

Write Your Book

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I was inspired by my friend, Susan Kim, to write about how easy (literally) it is to write your first novel. We were talking about writing and the ups and downs of it when it occurred to me that the majority of people I know dream of writing a book and yet fewer than 5% of them have actually done it. So, as I was taking my Scottish shower (see my earlier blog post for this most energizing and creative way to [...]

17Dec/12Off

Get Out of Debt

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Did you know that the total U.S. credit card debt is nearly $800,000,000,000. Yes, that is 800 billion!! That means that the average credit card debt per U.S. household is close to $16,000. Average household debt (credit cards and loans) is $54,000. More than 50% of Americans carried an unpaid balance on their credit cards from 2011 to 2012. I imagine this number is only growing.

In 2010 the total amount of consumer debt in the US was nearly [...]

12Dec/12Off

Enough is Enough!

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

The year is about to come to a close. And, unless the Mayan calendar thingy is right, we will have all of 2013 to make all of those changes that we tried to do last year ... And the year before ... And [...]

1Dec/12Off

World AIDS Day 2012

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Today is World AIDS Day. Please take 60 seconds out of your day to reflect and remember the millions and millions of people affected and infected by this horrible HIV virus.

No one knows the exact count, and we probably never will. But statistics and scientific estimates put the numbers [...]

21Nov/12Off

Observations of a Commercial Gym

Posted by Guest Blogger

For the past three years or so I’ve been training at a small private facility that caters mainly to powerlifters and Olympic weightlifters. It was a phenomenal place to train – packed with very strong, smart people who had forgotten more about building strength and increasing performance than most “personal trainers” will ever know. Recently, due to life circumstances, I had to transition to [...]

8Nov/12Off

How to Boil a Frog

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I thought about titling this article, ”A Look at Why Some People Thrive, and Others Do Not.” However, that seemed a bit wordy, unclassy, and simply pompous … Talking about frogs on the other hand is fun, goofy, and downright cool. So … The title is what it is. I’m sure everyone knows how to boil a frog, but I will waste one minute and explain it … You boil a frog by slowly [...]

7Nov/12Off

all hail the garryowen geezers

Posted by Guest Blogger

i'm sitting in an irish pub. this is where the magic happens... i have made friends here. i have a writing group meeting here every week where i can find support and give support in the creation of the art of writing. the guinness flows freely, and the indian bartender vish makes the very best tanqueray martini i've ever had.

i left work this evening, knowing i'd head to gettysburg to meet with my [...]

21Oct/12Off

Which Cloud is Grandpa?

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

What happens to us when we die? Why did Grandpa die? Where do we go when we die? Why do we die? When will I die? Die, die, die … These are common questions from our children. They are also common for many of us. This article will not point to answers, instead it is a philosophical look at our adorable children who ask the darndest things.

My mom, Diana, mentioned the other day that she remembers Xander looking up at the sky, pointing, and asking her, “Grandma, which cloud is Grandpa?”

These are the moments that bring tears to your eyes and at the same time [...]

18Oct/12Off

Vitamins: The Newest Public Health Threat

Posted by Guest Blogger

With the boost in advertisement for vitamins and supplements, you may have jumped on the bandwagon, assuming that these products are safe. Unfortunately, many people are quickly finding out that all vitamins and supplements aren't what they're cracked up to be. The products that you think are safe for your body may actually be doing more harm [...]

9Oct/12Off

Women’s Health on Pregnancy and HIV

Posted by Guest Blogger

Editor's Note: The statistics and information listed here does not reference a specific resource, so I cannot guarantee their validity. That said, this is a very useful and staggering article!

Pregnancy and HIV are more common now. Annually, 6400 women become pregnant while infected with HIV. In the past, there were many complications associated with being HIV positive and [...]

7Oct/12Off

When Life Throws Decreasing Radius Curves

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Sometimes life does throw decreasing radius curves at us. I suppose before I dive into today's lesson, I should first explain this mythical curve to those of you who have no idea what a decreasing radius curve actually is. Most of you can simply guess based on the name alone. But I will take a moment and clarify so we are all on the same page.

In a decreasing-radius curve, the curvature gets [...]

1Oct/12Off

Live Until You Die

Posted by Guest Blogger

I am an asshole.

The reason I say this is because I spent the entire month of September reading Mary Tyler Mom’s story about her amazing daughter’s battle with cancer. Every day, I read with tear stained eyes, wrapping myself in a bubble of fear as her [...]

16Sep/12Off

Distraction Tactics

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

This article might or might not be what you expected when reading the title. Essentially I was thinking about how we humans use diversionary thoughts and practices to avoid facing the tough challenges we tackle in everyday life. Sometimes this strategy is on purpose and sometimes it is subconscious and we have no control over it. Even more important is [...]

11Sep/12Off

I Will Always Remember

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I will always remember where I was and what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. For my generation it is akin to what our parents said about the Kennedy assassination. We will always remember it. ALWAYS! The funny thing is I remember a country that came together. That loved and cared for one another. A country that stood together to fight tyranny and terror. A country that no other would want to face in open battle. For a brief period, democrats hugged republicans and vice versa. Over the years our wounds have [...]

1Sep/12Off

City Boy with Cowboy Heart

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I am fond of saying, "I'm a city boy with a cowboy's heart." Most folks look at me with a tilted head and wry grin when I make that statement. Usually it's right after someone notices and questions my cowboy boots. You heard that right ... I wear cowboy boots. My goat leather Lucchese (pronounced Lu-K-C) boots are my absolute favorite and I wear them fairly often. My boots are only part of the story. I also [...]

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 [...]