Democracies, autocracies and leaders

Democracies, autocracies and leaders

I used the term “pagan politics” in a recent post entitled Man, War and Savagery. I’ve received a few requests to expand on what I meant by that. I wrote that I feared we might be entering a period of pagan politics when describing the atrocities that have taken place in various wars, including and…

By Rick April 21, 2022 0

Setting boundaries

Setting boundaries

Do you find it difficult to set boundaries? Quite a few people understand the everyday meaning of boundaries but fail to see them as personal limits that are important for healthy relationships. They’re essential because boundaries help us protect and take care of ourselves. If we fail to set boundaries, especially in our personal relationships,…

By Rick April 14, 2022 0

Mankind, war and savagery

Mankind, war and savagery

Mankind never ceases to surprise me with its propensity to wage war, brutalize and act savagely, although I shouldn’t be surprised if we look at history (more on that later in the post). When it comes to war, Chinese General, military strategist, writer and philosopher Sun-Tzu offers valuable insights. “It’s better to be a warrior…

By Rick April 8, 2022 0

Just how resilient are you?

Just how resilient are you?

I’ve written quite a bit about resilience in the past, as it’s one of my favorite subjects. And I’m pretty sure you have an idea of what resilience is after enduring a couple of years of the pandemic, political and social upheaval, economic and financial uncertainty and now war. Still, we may not be sure…

By Rick April 2, 2022 0

CHASING LIFE – INTRODUCTION

CHASING LIFE – INTRODUCTION

“The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Life is awesome and full of experiences with many lessons to be learned (see the end of each chapter)! Everyone has a story to tell, and this book is about mine. As a “boomer,” I came of age in the turbulent 60s,…

By Rick March 29, 2022 0

Do mindsets matter?

Do mindsets matter?

We’re at a turning point in medical history where research is uncovering the mysteries of our mind-body connection. So, do mindsets matter? Can our thoughts and beliefs trigger physiological responses in our bodies? Are there such things as belief benefits? Although multiple interacting factors affect health and disease (genetics, trauma, socioeconomic environment, etc.), your beliefs matter, too. If you know me, have attended…

By Rick March 23, 2022 0

“You can’t always get what you want”

“You can’t always get what you want”

I thought I was finished blogging about the war in Ukraine, but here I am again. And when writing this post, the lyrics of an old Rolling Stones song came to mind, “You can’t always get what you want” (in this case, Ukraine). These are followed by, “but if you try sometimes, you get what…

By Rick March 19, 2022 0

Confirmation bias

Confirmation bias

The last week has been tough. We’ve been subjected to propaganda, lies, false-flag operations, disinformation, bots, trolls and God knows what else. That’s why I’m writing about confirmation bias. So, what is confirmation bias. We’ve all been guilty of this at some point or another. It’s human nature, I’m afraid. And in these chaotic times…

By Rick March 16, 2022 0

A peak behind the intelligence-gathering curtain

A peak behind the intelligence-gathering curtain

Here we are, weeks later in the Russian invasion of Ukraine that Putin expected to take only a couple of days, and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov continues to spew forth lies and spread disinformation. It’s only taken 14 days for a conspiracy theory about US-funded Ukrainian biolabs to become a major rallying cry for Russian…

By Rick March 12, 2022 0

The importance of accurate intelligence

The importance of accurate intelligence

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine has highlighted the critical role accurate intelligence plays in preparing for a battle. The Russian invasion has also showcased what happens when inaccurate intelligence is provided, or no intelligence is available at all. This brings two quotes to mind. “Knowledge is only of value if you share it…

By Rick March 9, 2022 0