Am I Really Back????

No, not for good…and not consistently. I am posting a blog here to catch up and let y’all know the future of this site.

As some of you may know, I have two other blogs now. One is for my Beachbody business, and the other is for my upcoming music podcast. I have been so busy posting on them that THIS blog has fallen by the wayside.

Well, that is about to change. I realized there are certain topics I would like to discuss that wouldn’t have any place on those other two sites. So when that happens, those blogs will be posted here.

And for the cool hell of it, here are the links:



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New Venture: Musical Podcast

Hello everyone,

I have been forgetting to make it a habit to link to my new blog posts over at Bully Free Fitness. To maintain the accountability, I will admit that I haven’t even been posting over there much. Well, now I am back on my “at least 3 posts per week” kick. Watch for them anywhere from Sunday to Saturday!

Having said that, I have a THIRD blog up and running, which is not just a standalone piece. It is tied in to a new venture of mine: an upcoming podcast focused on local, ORIGINAL music in the Capital Region.

Most of you won’t know this, but venues in the Capital Region are notorious for excluding any bands/musicians whose set lists attempt to incorporate more than 10% original tunes. They want all covers. Well, as a way of circumventing that, I have started a podcast that will be ONLY original music. To learn more about it, visit the show’s blog:

I hope to bring you the tunes soon!


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Indefinite Hiatus

I am not sure what I am doing with my life right now, but it may involve too many things to post here on a regular basis. I am trying to sort it all out at the moment. On top of that, I am REALLY eager to build an audience for my other blog because I can do more with that than I can with this one. To all my faithful readers here, please make the transition to:

See you in the future, sometime.


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Nostalgia Is NOT Always a Waste of Time

Ever think back to the days of your youth? I do…a lot. That’s because I still live in the area where I grew up. It’s also because I have a lot of regrets. The biggest ones have to do with times when I didn’t have the courage to do things I wanted to do more than anything, like stand up to a bully or ask out the girl that I REALLY wanted to take to my senior prom. (If only I could find a picture of THAT Brazilian beauty!) Some people think reminiscing is a waste of time, but I think there are times when it’s actually useful.

Sometimes I look back in an attempt to see where my life went off the rails. (Well, as far as careers go anyway.) How did I wind up in so many dead end, low-income jobs? I can easily see one mistake that I made: focusing too much on my creative writing. I’m not saying I regret having that as a passion, but I wish I’d pay more attention in the classes that could have landed me a decent-paying job. Writing can pay well, but only after years and years of slogging away for pennies. I got four kids to support NOW. No room to goof off.

Okay, so there is my answer. Writing more than I studied is why I am in this spot. That is why I have to work so much overtime that I practically live at the office. So what can I do about it now, other than complain?

In this case, it turns out I can do quite a bit! My approach to school was where I screwed up. Therefore the obvious solution is to go back to school, FOCUS, and get myself a better job. But this yields another question: go back for what? Well, I have always regretted the fact that I lost my grip on the Chinese language, so I could go back for that…and either this fall or the next, I will be doing just that.

In this instance, my nostalgia resulted in some digging that led to a solution. It’s not always like that. Sometimes there is no good that can come from dwelling on the past. My prom date fail is a prime example of that. I wanted to ask out this Brazilian exchange student, but back then I was afraid of rejection. Instead, I asked out a girl that I knew would say yes, even though I wasn’t attracted to her in the least.

So what good can come of THIS stroll down memory lane? None. That ship has sailed. It’s a waste to dwell on it.

Or is it?

Think about this: the reason I failed to achieve what I wanted was cowardice, stemming from an overwhelming lack of self-confidence. So the question became: how do I fix that? Once again, by dwelling on it I got my answer. (Well, partially anyway.)

For the record, all my years of consciously searching for ways to improve my self-confidence yielded no results. It wasn’t until I got into home fitness programs that I stumbled upon my answer: getting into better PHYSICAL shape meant getting into better MENTAL shape.

More often than not, nostalgia/dwelling on the past can be a waste of time. (EXAMPLE: You had great chemistry with that one classmate in high school, but you never asked her out. Well, that was twenty years ago. Thinking about it now will do no good.) However, in these examples here I’ve found a way to put those memories to good use, and it makes sense. I mean, who wants to repeat the same mistakes over and over?

So what I’m saying is: don’t just dwell on and mope about the past. Use it as an inspiration to make your present better. After all, the past is gone…the future isn’t here yet…and to quote the flaming Lips, “All we have is now.”

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More Language News

There have been some updates regarding my future attempt to learn Chinese again. Read the full article here:

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Another Missed Blog Day

Yes, yesterday I neglected my self-imposed blogging schedule AGAIN, only there was no excuse of illness this time.

Read more about it here:

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Learning Chinese Again

Today I went to meet my old Chinese professor, James Hargett, who also happens to be the head of the Department of East Asian Stuides at the University at Albany. The reason for my visit: I wanted to get back into the swing of the Chinese language. However, having already taken Chinese 101/102 and 201/202, AND having graduated from SUNY already, I didn’t know what my options were. Well, he laid them out for me.

There were a couple that were completely NOT realistic at all, like going to China for a year. While I would love to do this kind of “dive in at the deep end approach,” I can’t…because of my kids.

Another option was to do some kind of 8-9 week course during the summer, but again…I need to stay working. Got kids to support.

Then finally, we got to the option that I could do. It is still tricky, but I will find a way to make it work…


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