December 1, 2016
helping-others

Step Fifty Nine

I spent the last few days feeling guilty about feeling bad. People all around me are sick – some gravely so. So naturally I feel a […]
November 28, 2016
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Step Fifty Eight

At Wal-Mart last week, I was helping my daughter find a box of hot chocolate mix (she doesn’t like the Keurig version). When I saw the […]
November 25, 2016
tenth-avenue-north-the-struggle

Step Fifty Seven

You know, I haven’t been feeling particularly thankful this year. To be completely honest, the one part of the holiday season I’m really looking forward to […]
October 23, 2016
fly

Step Fifty Six

Six years ago today, I flew an airplane for the first time. It was a SportStar – EV182 to be exact. It was exhilarating! The SportStar, […]
September 30, 2016
mcmood

Step Fifty Five

It’s only penciled in, but it may as well be chiseled in stone. I am finally going back to Europe. When I touch down in London, […]
September 20, 2016
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Step Fifty Four

September 19, 2016
Something Nifty This Way Comes…
After several months on hiatus, I am reigniting this blog. Look for new content – and a new layout – in the coming days. And don’t […]
April 25, 2016
waffleingent

Step Fifty Three

Laura lived my thesis. On December 13, 2015, the the strongest, healthiest person I knew got sick while on a business trip in London. On March 19, […]
April 22, 2016
dontdie

Step Fifty Two

I thought I didn’t need this blog anymore. Seemed like I’d reached an equilibrium of sorts, that I’d told the stories I needed to tell. Then […]
September 17, 2015
trump

Step Fifty One

I deleted this post after months of letting it sit here, bothering me. It just had nothing to do with the purpose of this blog. At […]
September 11, 2015
Focus-Banner

Step Fifty

About a year ago, my entire focus was on … focus. I was doing everything in my extremely limited power to narrow my vision, tighten my […]
September 3, 2015
faith

Step Forty Nine

Yeah. It’s me. I lied. Going “weekly” didn’t really work out like I thought it would. So I’m going “weeklyish,” as the mood and/or need strikes […]
August 26, 2015
katrina

Step Forty Eight

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast (not to mention huge chunks of inland Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi). When […]
August 21, 2015
pixiedust

Step Forty Seven

What did you do at work today? I started the day by telling everyone who works with me that the company is no longer able to provide […]
August 20, 2015
request

Step Forty Six

I have a confession to make. I didn’t make the call. I was going to, but then rehearsal ran long, and by the time I got […]
August 19, 2015
oops

Step Forty Five

It’s not that I don’t want to forgive my (former) friend. It’s that I really don’t want to forgive him. Yes, he’s sorry. Yes, he doesn’t […]
August 17, 2015
poison

Step Forty Four

I can hold a grudge. Like, forever. I remember once being so angry with someone that we didn’t speak for over two years. To this day, […]
August 16, 2015
religion

Step Forty Three

Some things you just don’t talk about. Even with your friends. If you want to keep them. Politics and religion – especially when combined – can […]
August 13, 2015

Step Forty Two

A few people have asked me (offline, of course) what’s with my sudden need to better understand friendship. Why, they wonder, can’t I just “be friends” […]
August 13, 2015

Step Forty One

When I think about my three closest friends – the people who, individually and collectively, have my back for literally every scenario – I try to […]
August 11, 2015

Step Forty

Friendship is a funny word. Put 20 people in a room and ask them to define it, and you’ll get 20 answers. And they’ll all be […]
August 10, 2015

Step Thirty Nine

In seven days, I rode that euphoric, endorphin-filled ride from 216 to 211. With a day to go, and miles of humidity-induced sweat to show for […]
August 10, 2015

Step Thirty Eight

Progress report. A while back I lamented the universe’s unilateral decision to hold my weight north of 209 in some cosmic effort to rescue the Earth […]
August 9, 2015

Step Thirty Seven

According to Google Analytics, this blog is starting to catch on. Readership has grown from, well, my mom, to hundreds of visitors. Today, for instance, Analytics shows […]
August 7, 2015

Step Thirty Six

Happened across Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (more random stuff on Facebook that probably isn’t random at all!), and it dawned on me that, well, we […]
August 7, 2015

Step Thirty Five

Tin Cans Unlimited, a company I co-founded six years ago, rarely makes an appearance on this blog (beyond the copyright notice in the footer). That’s by […]
August 6, 2015

Step Thirty Four

Two steps forward, three steps back. Lather rinse repeat. Just when I feel it coming together, suddenly it isn’t coming together at all. Two blocks into […]
August 5, 2015

Step Thirty Three

“Tell me what I need to hear. Tell me that I’m not forgotten. Right now I need a little hope. I need to know that I’m […]
August 5, 2015

Step Thirty Two

  I will never forget my first long-distance solo “cruise.” Even though I was being “graded” – the big cross-country solo is a requirement for licensure – […]
August 4, 2015

Step Thirty One

It was the best advice regarding exercise I never took. But after nearly 10 years, I’m taking it now. It had to be a decade back, or […]
August 3, 2015

Step Thirty

  Every so often, I come across a Facebook meme that actually sticks with me. This one, quoting Pablo Picasso, happened across my feed Saturday night. […]
August 2, 2015

Step Twenty Nine

I don’t know what it is about 209, but I’m convinced the universe will implode or something if my weight slips any lower than that. This […]
July 31, 2015

Step Twenty Eight

Dwelling on the pain and the weakness and the shaking was getting me nowhere. Cutting myself off from everything – friends and family too – was getting […]
July 31, 2015

Step Twenty Seven

So, back in June, I started taking singing lessons. I can’t really tell you why I decided it was time to learn how to sing. I can’t say […]
July 30, 2015

Step Twenty Six

  Today is not a good day. For the first time in weeks, waves of dizziness and weakness are once again my breakfast of champions. While […]
July 30, 2015

Step Twenty Five

  Lately I’ve been burning the candle at both of its proverbial ends. As you might guess from the photo, it involves a lot of community […]
July 29, 2015

Step Twenty Four

I realize I’ve been a little distant. Ok, I’ve gone completely dark. Four months and change worth of dark, to be exact. What can I say? There’s […]
March 22, 2015

Step Twenty Three

“If you live near a Whole Foods; If no relative of yours serves in the military; If you’re paid by the year, not the hour; If no […]
March 18, 2015

Step Twenty Two

Heard this today after a particularly painful round of medical tests. Got me to thinking.
March 10, 2015

Step Twenty One

I’m struggling to focus. EIGHT MONTHS in, and every step DOESN’T count. Eight months since that fateful week in the ICU, and, to be honest, I kinda feel […]
January 22, 2015

Step Twenty

  Rosey, my almost-8-year-old golden retriever, is about the best dog a guy could ask for. Eminently well-behaved, with a gentle spirit and a rascally sense […]
January 11, 2015

Step Nineteen

So my treadmill and I, while not exactly friends, have reached a mutually beneficial accord. It’s been bitterly cold outside – too cold for any reasonable southerner to attempt […]
December 30, 2014

Step Eighteen

  I am not a “New Year’s” kinda guy. I’m not particularly sentimental. I don’t need a blanket excuse to party. And when I stay up past […]
December 17, 2014

Step Seventeen

  It’s been a month since I posted anything to the blog. It’s been more like two months since I’ve wanted to. My symptoms aren’t improving. […]
November 12, 2014

Step Sixteen

  Curly’s Law, as Jack Palance explained it to Billy Crystal in 1991’s City Slickers. Pretty simple, right? Right?
November 10, 2014

Step Fifteen

I am, in fact, a world champion multitasker with the uncanny, almost ironic ability to laser-focus on simultaneous projects. Yet, the one task I set above […]
October 10, 2014

Step Fourteen

If it were only annoying, I don’t think it would bother me. I can learn to deal with being twitchy. Heck, I might even enjoy parking […]
October 5, 2014

Step Thirteen

I am not your typical “boss.” Not according to my own supervisors over the years, anyway. For most of my career, I’ve been the guy who […]
September 17, 2014

Step Twelve

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom […]
September 16, 2014

Step Eleven

This is about the right time to explain that 10,000Steps.Today is not a 12-step program. I’ve never participated in Anything Anonymous and have no point of […]
September 15, 2014

Step Ten

Over the past few days, I’ve come to realize the importance of – and danger of – setting limits. On the one hand, I understand the […]
September 10, 2014

Step Nine

Pass it on.
September 10, 2014

Step Eight

In my book, 10,000 Steps, I write about making decisions to focus your life, about culling the things that distract you from your goals, about recognizing and avoiding steps […]
August 29, 2014

Step Seven

Well, now I know I can do it. A six-day business run across England, Belgium and France last week demonstrated that I could, when required, walk more […]
August 23, 2014

Step Six

I did it! I broke through the 10,000-step threshold! And here’s the crazy part – 10,000 steps came on my most difficult day since leaving the […]
August 21, 2014

Step Five

I haven’t focused on why I was hospitalized. I don’t think I will. The details of the illness aren’t important in any case. What matters is what […]
August 19, 2014

Step Four

I’ve worn my Fitbit® for about three weeks now, and I have to say I’m a little disappointed with the results. According to the software that’s supposed […]
August 16, 2014

Step Three

After a week of really distressing, depressing results, the doctor ordered a change-up of my pharmaceutical cocktail. It seems to be working. Today my doctor didn’t exactly […]
August 14, 2014

Two Steps Back

Not only has work on the book stalled, not only has my walking plateaued in the 6,000-step range (when it breaks 2,000 steps), not only has […]
August 8, 2014

Step Two

One month ago, I was lying in Intensive Care at Hershey Medical Center. For the past three weeks, I’ve woken up every morning, walked out to […]

About Me


I am a founding partner of Tin Cans Marketing, a full-service international marketing agency specializing in marketing strategy, communication management, public relations and Internet development. But that's just my job.

I'm a husband, father, friend and co-worker. I am active in our local community theater. I get involved in other civic causes as the need arises or, more likely, when one of my friends asks me to. I've coached little league, taught Sunday School, driven kids to the away games, carried pizzas for the team parties. Typical dad and neighbor stuff.

Oh, and there's that whole "almost died" thing that started me writing this blog.

You can read my professional bio here.