Archive for ‘August, 2011’

‘Outliers’… Hard Work or Lucky Break?


Outliers — What really separates the truly über-successful from the also-rans?

The ‘best of the best’crème de la crème, the ‘alpha dogs.’  I have always been fascinated by and drawn to individuals in any arena of life, be it sports, business or the arts that so thoroughly dominates in their chosen field, that there really isn’t even a distant second. How is it that one person, out of a sea of incredibly driven and talented individuals can rise so far above the rest of the pack? More importantly, what lessons are there to be learned by the rest of us hoping to achieve our own measure of success? Continue reading…

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John Waite… The Voice.


From The Babys to ‘Rough and Tumble’, This Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss.

Every great once in a blue moon, an artist comes along that seems to possess that indefinable ‘it’ that separates the merely good from the great and singer-songwriter John Waite has ‘it’ in spades. Unlike so many of his contemporaries that began their careers in the late 70s, John Waite, as evidenced by his recent recordings is anything but obsolete or an afterthought on the ever-changing musical landscape that is popular music. Rather, on his most recent 2011 offering Rough and Tumble, one hears a singer fully in his prime and still swinging for the fences. Apparently good wine isn’t the only thing that gets better with age! Continue reading…

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Palazzo Lavaca… Technicolor Dreams for Sale


A Venetian Palace… Deep in the Heart of Texas.

What began its long and storied life in 1890 as a fire station and later a saddlery, the unassuming building located at 1614 Lavaca St in Austin, Texas has undergone a spectacular transformation that those early residents could never have dreamed of in their wildest imaginations. Now, this amazing abode can be yours for a cool $4.4 million. Continue reading…

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Sunshine, Music and Martinis!

Episode #1 – A Peek Inside ‘A Life Designed’

Welcome to the inaugural video post of A Life Designed! I am extremely excited to share this project with you. In this first installment we spend an amazing summer afternoon exploring downtown Seattle as I capture the sights and sounds of this vibrant city through my camera.

The episode kicks off with a preview of an original song that I will have available for download here on the blog along with several other compositions very soon. I’ve enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music and I’m thrilled to be able share that passion with you here.

Finally, I close out this video by taking a few moments to talk about my hopes, dreams and goals for A Life Designed moving forward and to thank everyone that have already taken such an interest in this labor of love of mine. Your support means the world to me… Grazie!

A Life Designed

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Men of Style… Redefining 50+


Take Your Fashion Cues from Clooney and Turning 50 Won’t Suck… As Much.

Role modelsMentorsCoaches. We men utilize their services, seeking guidance and inspiration from them all the time. Golf swing gone haywire?… Hire a swing coach. Working on that first million?… Follow in the footsteps of successful people who’ve gone before you. Presentation skills need polishing?… Take a public speaking class. Why then is it, that when it comes to matters of personal style and dressing well, so many of us struggle or even worse, ignore the subject all together? Continue reading…

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15 Minute Female Orgasms and Other Intriguing Concepts!


The Slow Carb Diet: How to Lose 20 Pounds in 30 Days – by Timothy Ferriss

I have always been interested in and a believer of the art of ‘reinvention.’ After picking up Timothy Ferriss’s newest book, The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, I was instantly hooked! Ferriss, the author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek has brought his same incredible attention to detail and over-the-top research to this new work. Continue reading…

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