Author Archives: EliotBurdett

The Art of Mystery Dating – new book now available

Finally my wife Chay and I have finished a little side project we have been working on for a couple of years. The Art of Mystery Dating, is a book about a fun tradition we have of surprising each other on dates. In the book we talk about why we started doing these, why they are so much…

Forever Young

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I found myself listening to this old Dylan song this morning on the way into work and thought to myself, man there is some beautiful poetry and words in here. May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others And let others do for you…

Think Twice Before Loading on the Sunscreen

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Prevailing common sense says to be very wary of the sun and its harmful effects, so many of us load on the sun screen before going outside. Who wants melanoma? No one. But wait. Several studies imply that many commercially available sunscreens don’t block damaging rays form the sun, don’t remain effective as long as…

Never Give Up

“Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit.” ~ Napoleon Hill As a kid I was taught…

Backyard Organic Veggie Farm – Lessons Learned in Our Second Season

A couple of years ago, we set up a veggie farm in our backyard (see The Wonder Garden – Lessons and Fun with Our Organic Home Vegetable Garden) and last year was our second year of home farming. Now it is almost spring again and the new growing season is nearly upon us, so I…

Breaking the Caffeine Abstinence

This winter, after 4 1/2 years without caffeine I broke my abstinence by having coffee, chocolate and green tea. It all happened one morning when my wife was enjoying her morning coffee as she does every morning and as always it smelled so good but this time, I finally felt the urge to have some myself….

Are you ok with uncertainty?

After seeing that insane Volvo commercial with Jean Claude Van Damme, the tune stuck in my head so I looked it up. I found what is both a sweet love song by Enya and a zen-like tribute to acceptance of whatever may be. Only Time – Enya Who can say where the road goes Where…

Imperfection is Perfection

Life is imperfect and thats just perfect. Seriously, if you could script your life or wave a magic wand and have everything the way you want it, would you be happier? Maybe so, but wouldn’t that take some of the mystery out of life? Anyway its academic because while we can choose the paths we…

Wisdom, Courage & Serenity Prayer

There is so much goodness packed into this simple and ageless prayer. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference Whether you believe in God or not, or whether you have your own vision of God,…

Opportunity looks a lot like hard work

Movie and pop idol, Ashton Kutcher, made these comments at a teen awards ceremony recently: I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant. And…

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