How To Marry Your Sister (I Mean…Officiate Her Wedding)

“The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.” John Steinbeck to his newly in-love son “I now pronounce you man and wife, you may now change your Facebook status.” Random internet person   “So, I heard you married your sister?” Multiple Jewish mothers to me following the wedding “Well, no, I just … Read More

Freak to Geek Part II: The Results

[Reading Time: 25-30 minutes]   Now well into my fourth decade (I recently turned 32), I’ve come to a realization: I really don’t know that much. On a yearly basis, I’ve come across new information that either wholly dispels, or calls into serious question, the beliefs I previously had, the stories I told, and the narratives in which I lived. … Read More

My 21 Favorite Books (Plus 11 Re-Readables) from my 32nd Year

“Just what we need, another book list” This is the trite and apologetic way in which most people start off an article like this.  As if to say to the reader, “I understand you, I know these are annoying, and I’m so sorry.” Like the guy in this commercial in the bikini – they seek to communicate to you: “We … Read More

Freak To Geek: My Vegan Experiment

[On The Title: this title is a nod to Tim Ferris and his article-turned-chapter: “From Geek to Freak.”  That article is about going from a best-selling writer /entrepreneur / weakling to a mound of muscle in mere weeks using what might be considered unconventional principles. This two-part article is in the opposite direction – going from “freak” – a mildly-muscular, … Read More

How To Raise One Gritty Little Bastard

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the … Read More

Should We Eat Meat, Wheat, Soy, Dairy or Eggs? Here’s What Researchers Say (The “Yellow-Light” Foods)

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” Bertrand Russell “NEVER eat ingredients you cannot pronounce.  … Except quinoa. You should eat quinoa.” Random Funny Person Welcome back to the Intelligent Eater – the part of my Diletantric (invented word) writings that makes you feel bad … Read More

My TB12 Experience: Tom Brady’s Answer To Chronic Injury

I get hurt a lot. No, I don’t mean emotionally (Ok, that too). I mean physically injured.  A familiar echo of my family and friends follows every such incident:  “Jesus, Justin, you’re hurt again?!” In my lifetime, I’ve sprained, cracked, strained, or torn the following: toe, ankles, knee (ACL, MCL, meniscus), hammy, quad, groin, ab, ribs, wrist, thumb, pinky, shoulder, … Read More

Being Thankful For This Is Vital For Improvement, Experts Say

Reading time: About 11 minutes – or about the average amount of time a typical office worker gets prior to being interrupted at work. “My greatest skill was being teachable,” said Michael Jordan, believed by many to be the best athlete of all time. “I was like a sponge. Even if I thought my coaches were wrong, I tried to … Read More

Tony Robbins’s UPW: My Experience

  Standing in a one-hour line that meandered around LA’s Downtown Radisson, I found it hard to place the way I was feeling.  I wasn’t quite excited, nor exactly scared.  Perhaps it was a mixture, as Owen Wilson suggests while being strapped into a rocket minutes before launch. The sun shone down on the disparate faces, all there from different … Read More