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Hong Kong: Instagram & Infinity-Edge Pools

Hong Kong sunset

An amazing skyline above Victoria Harbor transports you into a scene unique in the world. The harbor is referred to as the soul of the city, a place where East meets West. Hong Kong is the most visited city on earth. But before my visit, I only knew one guy who had been there. I texted him to ask how many days he recommended staying in HK. He replied, “3 or 4 days should be good.” So I texted, “Cool thanks, in

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7 Habits of Highly Happy People

Thank you with typewriter

I write about happiness because I want more people to be happy. Many of us are chasing materialism, which is like chasing the wind. Others are playing status games, not realizing how brief life really is until death. “So it is inevitable that life will be not just very short but very miserable for those who acquire by great toil what they must keep by greater toil.” – Seneca, On the Shortness of Life Questions about happiness lead to more

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The Mindset for Happiness

I have a friend who fantasizes about telling his boss to go f*ck himself. No hugs, boxes or exit interviews. He’d walk out giving his co-workers the finger. Maybe you’d like to do that someday too. Individuals who achieve financial independence and retire early could quit their careers with that kind of flair. The problem is those who dream of quitting their job with gusto are unhappy at work, and can’t wait to quit or retire. Therein lies the paradox

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The Dangers of Staying Still by GUEST WRITER

Spending all day in a position, be it sitting, standing or lying down, is terrible for our bodies. It has been linked to increasing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and multiple muscle injuries including in our necks, backs and hips. Sedentary behaviour is identified as maintaining ANY position for 45 minutes or longer that doesn’t create movement, expending very small amounts of energy. In 2017, studies identified an 83% increase in sedentary jobs since the 1960’s, with office

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First Impressions of Africa

Zambia Africa

When I was growing up in the 1980s, Africa was portrayed in the news as a continent riddled with war and poverty. It’s partly due to the nature of news—sensationalism sells, but it was also stark reality. Many wars in Africa ended when the Berlin Wall came down. Still, by the mid-90s, thirty-one of the continent’s fifty-three countries were still suffering Civil War or serious civil disturbance. Even today, there is horrific savagery in Mali, South Sudan, Libya, Nigeria and Congo. When I

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Revisiting Normandy on the 74th Anniversary of D-Day

When I visited Normandy, I stayed in Bayeux. The old French town is a 2-hour train ride from Paris. It’s a beautiful area known for having inspired Impressionist artist, Claude Monet. The British Cemetery and Bayeux Cathedral were walking distance from my hotel. My tour guide picked me up 100 meters from where I stayed. We drove 22 kilometers to the beaches of Normandy where the Overlord Tour began. I wish every American could visit Normandy in the northwest of France.

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A Golden Memory on Memorial Day

A lot has happened since my last post. I’ve now got a gold wedding band on my left hand! I’ll write about the BIG day and post pictures as soon as we receive them. Today, I want to say ‘Thank You’ to those who’ve served our great nation, and share a story I’m reminded of on this Memorial Day. The Greatest Generation (no quotations needed) One afternoon when I was 7 years old, my late World War II veteran grandfather, Chick,

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Prague: A Fairytale City with a Dark Communist Past

Things to do in Prague

Through my travels, I’ve come to realize my curiosities are insatiable. The more you learn about the world, the more you realize you don’t know. Perhaps a man should travel at least enough to become aware of his own ignorance. My fascination with World War II, The Cold War & Communism, keeps growing with each European trip. Even though “my cup’s not runneth over,” I’ll share what I’ve learned to make room in my grey matter—same way I learned flawless

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How to Pass a Shit Test: Life’s Most Underrated Skill

If you grew up around people who “gave you shit” all the time, consider yourself lucky. It means you probably learned to deal with shit-testers in ways others did not. A shit test (ST) is when someone “gives you shit” to see how you react. It can be a question or assertion. Its intent is to elicit an emotional response from you. You’ll see the term used when studying female psychology, seduction and attraction. Women often ST men without realizing

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Life Can Be a Real Headache

Head in a vise

It occurs to me, as I write this at age 37, that my life mostly feels like a fantasy dream. I do what I want, when I want…and things seem to work out for me. If I were told it’d all end tomorrow, I might borrow Lou Gehrig’s famous speech and upload it to the blog. There’s a new-ish cliché that says, “Everyone is battling something you know nothing about.” I’m no exception. I envision taking the rose-colored screens off your

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