Monthly Archives: September 2019

Tharanga Goonetilleke Q&A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? When I look back in my life, what I really feel is that, as a child growing up in Sri Lanka, people would ask what you want to be when you grow older, hoping that your answer would be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, I would say doctor because that’s what was expected.  However, deep inside, I always knew that I was some kind of an artist. So, when I think about my greatest accomplishment, I grew out of what was expected of me to be true to myself. I had a list in my mind about what I really wanted to accomplish —it was so complex because I wanted to be a musician and an artist, and I also knew that I wanted to be a writer and a mother. So out of these four things, three things have happened to me, and that just fills me with joy. I am working on the 4th, perhaps I will eventually have

Alex Berenson: Fact and Fiction

The Information Landscape Today, a type of hybrid journalism has taken root across the media world including daily news periodicals, 24-hour cable news, traditional television networks and social media websites. It is a melding of news and opinion comprised of both fact and fiction, whether intended or otherwise. The societal impact of such a voluminous hodgepodge of uncertain content has yet to be fully understood but one thing is certain: the opportunity for audience manipulation is more rampant than ever. Therefore, every consumer of information has a heightened responsibility to vet the subject matter carefully, fact check, and then form their own educated opinions. Operating in this provocative environment is a multitalented, award-winning writer named Alex Berenson, who for over two decades has been serving various portions of this stew of current news, opinion, fact and especially, fiction. In assessing his impressive writing skills, one might say he is multi-dexterous. If you haven’t already, let’s meet this fascinating man. The Facts Born in 1973 in New York and raised in Englewood NJ, Alex Berenson graduated from Yale in 1994 with


“Go to Cambodia for a day or two to see Angkor Wat…you won’t need more time than that!” If you’ve received this travel advice, ignore it immediately. And never trust your sources again. Siem Reap is misguidedly viewed as just the gateway to Angkor Wat, but there’s much more to it – hundreds of temples that date as far back as 900 AD still stand, and a gut-wrenching, yet fascinating more-recent history has left its mark. Plus, Siem Reap boasts a vibrant (borderline wild) nightlife, lively markets, fantastic Khmer cuisine, and the friendliest, most welcoming locals we’ve ever encountered abroad. Do not treat this leg of your trip as an afterthought to fill the gaps in your itinerary; Siem Reap must be part of the plan! And, for multiple days – not including any time you choose to spend in Pnom Penh (we unfortunately didn’t visit). Bottom line: Certainly go for Angkor Wat, but stay for Siem Reap. If we’ve managed to convince you, here are our top five things to do. 1) CATCH SUNRISE AT ANGKOR WAT Ok, so

7 Tips for Dating Again After Divorce Over 40

Midlife Dating Advice and Tips for Singles Re-Entering the Dating World after Divorcing When you’re divorced and looking to get back out there and date again, here are 7 tips to ease you back into the dating scene and get your dating stride back up again. I was driving north on 101 recently on a Wednesday morning to my office in Silicon Valley last June when I heard the DJs on the radio talking about some poor lady in her 40s who was recently divorced who had been on her first date on Saturday night after being divorced for two years. Her return to modern dating has been dreadful. It had been a MISERY. I’m thinking, “This dear lady needs some concrete help with dating after divorce tips.” I really wanted just to pull over to the side of the road and phone the radio station and give the dear thing my email and phone number. “Have her call me. I can help. Really. Please let me help her because she needs building up after an experience like that.” Divorce is

Dr. David Casarett: Pain Management

A Pain Management Crisis A tragically high number of people in the United States are in pain, both physically and emotionally. In the past few years, the prescribing of pharmaceuticals for mollifying or eliminating such pain, including opioids and other controlled substances, has reached epidemic proportions. As access to these drugs become more restricted, an unintended gateway has opened for newly created addicts who move on to illicit street drugs such as synthetic opioids (fentanyl), black tar heroin and others. This unfolding calamity is happening across the country and destroying families at every income level. The inadvertent consequences of pain management have been devastating and the statistics are grim. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2016 more than 42,000 deaths were related to opioid overdoses, including synthetic opioids (fentanyl), prescription opioids and heroin. That number rose to 47,000 in 2017, the most recent available data. As the nation’s pain eradication crisis continues to mushroom, the availability of a potential solution some call a “miracle drug” is also escalating rapidly. State by state, the U.S. is moving steadily

Ted Rubin Q & A

YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY EXPERIENCED A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT, AND WHY? My greatest accomplishment, bar none, is remaining in my daughter’s lives and doing everything I can to be an influence. My daughters are 21 and 23 now; I will never, ever give up on being a part of their lives I truly didn’t understand what life, the world, or anything meant until I had children and discovered how deeply I loved them from the moment I held them in my arms. The universe profoundly changed and I viewed everything in a different light. And that goes double if you have girls. Although I face all of the usual challenges of being a divorced dad, I’ve always been there for them and will never, ever give up on being a part of their lives. Their mother is/was the custodial parent and therefore primary caregiver. I wanted more involvement, but wasn’t able to make that happen. My worst moment as a parent came four years after my divorce when I found myself

Willpower From a Spiritual Perspective

When I first heard the theory that we only have so much willpower and then it runs out, I really didn’t buy it. In my experience, willpower is precisely what you use to overcome feeling too lazy, tired or disinterested to continue until a job is done. The whole point of cultivating willpower is so that you can keep going instead of caving in. And I do believe it can be cultivated. Some people need to work at this more than others, it’s true, but it can be done. The ego-depletion theory The ego-depletion theory, first proposed in 1998 by Roy Baumeister and Dianne Tice, stated that willpower is like a muscle that gets fatigued with overuse, and when this happens, it weakens our ability to resist temptations. This was supposed to explain, for example, why someone might break their diet by succumbing to pizza or ice cream after a hard day’s work at the office. Their willpower for the day was all used up. This theory held sway for over seventeen years and was widely cited by many self-help gurus as an insight

Fancy Grooming Stuff For Men

A metrosexual guy is defined by The Meriam-Webster Dictionary as an urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes.  As a guy who spends most of his time wearing comfortable Columbia fishing pants and t-shirts, I clearly do not fit into that category. However, you don’t have to be metrosexual to want to go out of your way to find the best personal hygiene products.  Let’s explore some great alternatives. PLANTLIFE Plantlife has been offering all sorts of natural, aromatherapy products for over 20 years, including essential oils, bath and shower products, and soap products.  Check them out at www.plantlife.net.  You can learn a bit more about Plantlife below: Recently, I purchased a six-pack of Plantilife’s top 6 Natural Aromatherapy Herbal Soaps made with pure 100% organic ingredients and pure essential oils.  Ok, I admit it, I like soaps that feel good and smell great, and this assortment includes Lavender, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Oatmeal, Almond, Peppermint and Vanilla Orange.  So far, I’ve tried the Lavender and Eucalyptus, and they receive 5 stars from

India and Her Incredible Hotels

Experience the enchanting sights and sounds of India and then luxuriate in her world-class grand hotels. Traveling to India is an absolutely amazing experience.  While many people are intimidated by the poverty, the crowds, the noise, the dirt, the smell, and so on, I am here to let you know that India is a fascinating place to visit.  If you enjoy sightseeing, there is an endless number of museums, palaces, religious shrines, temples, etc. throughout the country, amazing cities, unique events, and great shopping. Now, before I go any further, please understand that I spent my first time in India staying in great hotels, eating at the best restaurants, avoiding street food, and spending time on the streets only as part of our guided, sightseeing ventures.  Perhaps I will feel more comfortable in the future to spend more time living like the locals, but I had long decided that my introductory trip would be spent living the high life. Hustle and Bustle of India I’ve been asked on many occasions to describe our visit to India a couple years ago.