The Angry Man’s Guide to Anger Management

The Angry Man’s Guide to Anger Management

[Caution: Emotional full monte to follow. If you’d rather not go there, but would rather see funny cat pictures instead, I don’t blame you. That’s where I was in the not-too-distant past. However, if you’re open to playing with fire and letting it all hang out, then welcome.] The funny thing about putting the things… Read more

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

Sometimes focusing on the details is a good thing in a relationship, and a great skill to have, and sometimes it’s more of a distraction or a liability for us. When we get unbalanced, and can’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way, it’s time to zoom out. There can… Read more

Arousal Addiction and the Demise of Guys

Arousal Addiction and the Demise of Guys

Please take five minutes and watch this presentation by psychologist Philip Zimbardo on “The Demise of Guys”, and tell me what you think. “Boys’ brains are being digitally rewired in a totally new way for change, novelty, excitement and constant arousal. That means they’re totally out of sync in traditional classes, which are analog, static,… Read more

Advice to Myself as a Young Man

Advice to Myself as a Young Man

This year I turned 40, and along with the realization that I’m now middle-aged (ack!) came some meditations on the life lessons I’ve learned so far (or not learned, as the case may be). As part of that process of introspection, I found myself wondering what I wish I had heard (and taken to heart)… Read more

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to Be a Better Father

Fatherhood: 100 Ways to Be a Better Father

Fatherhood is a tricky proposition. We all want to be great dads, but chances are, our fathers never sat down with us and taught us how to be a better father. And we don’t necessarily want to be our fathers. I mean, we want to emulate their positive influence on us, but we also want… Read more

Natural Remedies for Earaches

Natural Remedies for Earaches

Earaches are a fairly common childhood ailment, one that you can probably take care of at home with natural remedies. You don’t have to run to the doctor if you use some of these home remedies to take care of your child’s earache, and if you have the ingredients at hand, you won’t even need… Read more

Family First Aid Kit: Natural Antibiotics

Family First Aid Kit: Natural Antibiotics

Injuries happen. Kids get hurt. We get hurt. Having a family first aid kit with natural antibiotics can really make a difference when you need one. You’ve got yours all sorted out, yeah? Or you’re going to put one together this week? I was a Boy Scout as a kid, and as silly as it sounds… Read more

3 Myths that keep people from going solar

3 Myths that keep people from going solar

When people think of going green, they often imagine reusing bags at the grocery store, buying local produce and carpooling with their neighbors. They foresee small, day-by-day actions compounding to create a more sustainable lifestyle and a healthier earth. Sometimes, however, the biggest changes are actually the most straightforward. Many Americans today simply buy electricity… Read more

How to Spot Addiction In Loved Ones

How to Spot Addiction In Loved Ones

Having a loved one who is addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other substances is an incredibly difficult situation. For many families, that difficulty is compounded by their own feelings of guilt for not noticing sooner that there was a problem. They need to remember first that an addict is first a casual user, and when… Read more

Building the direct solar economy: GoSol’s solar concentrator

Building the direct solar economy: GoSol’s solar concentrator

One organization that is moving the needle on accessible and affordable solar technologies for the developing world is GoSol, which I’ve written about a couple of times, and which is now demonstrating what it calls the “Direct Solar Economy.” “With GoSol.org’s simple, scalable solar thermal technology people everywhere in the world will be able to… Read more

Global Warming & Its Effects on Animal Life

Global Warming & Its Effects on Animal Life

2015 had unprecedented record weather spikes of the sort that the world had never seen before. As a result, plants and animals alike are struggling to survive. It’s quite easy to forget about the outside world and what a real impact global warming is having on the environment. Most of us only notice a temperature… Read more

Learning More About the Root of Our Beliefs

Learning More About the Root of Our Beliefs

When we think about generations, we often do it in a superficial way. We ask about the new generation and how it compares to our own. If, for instance, you’re a Baby Boomer, born between 1946 and 1964, you may be surprised, dismayed, or delighted by the Millennials, born between 1980 to 2000. You also probably… Read more

4 Must-See American Forests

4 Must-See American Forests

To many, America is known for its beloved wilderness areas and protected national forests. Though there are many to choose from, here are four forests that you should not pass up the chance to see. Redwood National and State Parks Have you ever felt the need to hug a tree? You will in the Redwood… Read more

SolSource Solar Cooker is a fuel-free food prep device

SolSource Solar Cooker is a fuel-free food prep device

By concentrating sunlight on a small area, this device can hit cooking temperatures in a matter of seconds, and it requires absolutely no fuel. The SolSource solar stove is said to heat up “five times faster than a charcoal grill, deliver a whopping 1,000 watts of power, and harness sunlight seven times more efficiently than… Read more

The Benefits of Bees & Basics on How to Get Started!

The Benefits of Bees & Basics on How to Get Started!

If you’re a gardener who isn’t too fond of bees, then it’s time to think again. Annoying as they may be, beekeeping and bees are actually extremely beneficial to your garden’s health. From extending your garden’s range, to providing the healthy sticky substance that is honey, bees will not only have an enormously positive impact… Read more

Getting Dirty Can Help Your Kids Be Healthier

Getting Dirty Can Help Your Kids Be Healthier

Our way of life has changed a lot in the last century: industrialization and technological revolution have moved us away from nature and into our homes where we spend most of our time in virtual worlds. The lives of children and the ways they spend their childhood have changed a lot too. Children spend a… Read more

Teaching Real-Life Lessons to Home-Schooled Students

Teaching Real-Life Lessons to Home-Schooled Students

Every form of education has its pros and cons. However, more involved parents may find public education falls short for a number of reasons, be it large class sizes in which students aren’t given the 1-on-1 attention they need or a curriculum lacking lessons on attaining real-life skills. If you plan to homeschool your son… Read more