Scarier than the Witch, is the Crowd Rallying to Burn Her

“She’s a witch!  We got a witch!”  The crowd yelled as they brought her forward.  One of the most famous and shared scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “How do you know she’s a witch?” “She looks like one.” A bit more discussion and the crowd rallies, “Burn her, burn her!”  The scene … Continue reading Scarier than the Witch, is the Crowd Rallying to Burn Her

The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell

“So Rob, tell me; are you a God-fearing man?” Almost twenty years ago in Nashville, I was having lunch with one of my rep agencies.  There were about eight of us.  When my salad came, I began to eat it while conversing with the group.  As their salads came, they waited for everyone to get … Continue reading The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell

Using What We’re Good at For Good

Through a series of unfortunate events, surviving two decades in a violent, volatile, crime-ridden neighborhood and one particular incident where I had two guns pressed into my head, I realized something: what is taught and practiced in a dojo, doesn’t really translate to the street. Reality isn’t so neatly packaged. For 17 years after the … Continue reading Using What We’re Good at For Good

How to Be a Yogi Without Being a Chump

“I try. I try to be a righteous man. I try to give love all over the world. But I’m tired of being used!” – Charles Bradley: Ain’t It a Sin Such passion that you know came from a hard-earned life.  The Screaming Eagle of Soul passed away just two years ago and way too early.  May he … Continue reading How to Be a Yogi Without Being a Chump

The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy

I come from a rough neighborhood; that’s no secret.  Where I grew up, people were gruff, rough, and tough.  In fact, here’s a typical greeting; and seriously, no bullshit, verbatim: “Joe!  How the hell are you, you fat fucking bastard?  Life treating you good or what?” Realness.  You know this guy cares about Joe; asking … Continue reading The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy

A Joyful Explosion of Humanity

Right around this time every year, I’m riveted, mesmerized, and lost for about three hours in front of my television.  No … not that show.  Not that one either. This show is an eclectic mix of genres, backgrounds, and styles, mixing together like a well-blended cocktail of only the best unrelated ingredients served in a … Continue reading A Joyful Explosion of Humanity