Dishes by Hand

dishwasherThis was a more utilitarian life experiment that I tried .

It originated with my frustration over having to basically wash the dishes before they’re put into the dishwasher – what?  You know, the pre-wash ritual we all do before the dishwasher, so there’s no food residue remaining when the cycle is complete!

This has always seemed counter productive to me.  Why should I wash a dish before placing it in the dishwasher.  That seemed to be to be a dishwasher that was a slacker, if I was having to do it’s job.

So I decided for a month to do all our dishes by hand.  Instead of a true pre-wash before the dishwasher I just squirted some soap on the plate and presto, dishes were washed.  As soon as we used a dish I would wash them and dry them.  It was a dream come true.  No soaking dishes, no pre-wash ritual, no unloading the dishwasher – a dream come true. Or so one would like to believe.  Even though I was doing all the dishes, my wife put the ole kabash on my experiment claiming that the dishwasher killed the bacteria as well due to high heat.  I countered by thinking that over the life of my experiment that I had, and she had, remained perfectly healthy!  OK, maybe the long term effects have not been revealed  but I’m sticking with this was a great experiment!


Ultra Running on Vimeo

VimeoNeed a little inspiration to run faster and longer? If so, I would recommend you head over to Vimeo and watch these.  Get off the couch and watch a few!

New Shoes?

cobblerWhile not my usual documentary fare, I ran across the Cobbler on Netflix, starring Adam Sandler.  If you want to watch it and receive it’s full impact don’t read anything about it, just go watch and see what happens!

I had never heard of the movie before and it’s not “R” rated (of which I do not watch, except for the Passion of Christ”, so I clicked!

What a wonderful surprise!

If you haven’t watched the Cobbler, then you might really enjoy it and I would recommend it.  Not an academy award winner or anything but just a good movie.

As you know with Netflix, don’t wait to long or it’s gone!

2015 Running Season

Running1Well it’s that time of the year again.  Time to get ready for the 2105 Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra Running racing!

Currently I’m running about 4 days per week.

2 days at 7 miles, 1 day at 90 minutes and 1 day at 45 minutes – all non-stop!  Ok maybe this schedule isn’t difficult for the ultra superstars but it gets interesting for me with the humidity and heat of a Southern summer.

My hope is to run 3 ultras (over 30 miles) this running season.

I now try to get up at 5:30 am. then either run or workout at the gym each morning that it’s scheduled.  Getting up early is not always easy but has been a blessing as I can get a lot of exercising in before work!

If you’re interested in learning more about ultra running then check out

Top 10 must read leadership books 2015  has posted their top 10 Leadership books to read in 2015.  Here are 2 from their list:

Bold by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive by Ned Hallowell

See the rest at

Experts choose top 3 productivity tools

home productivityOver at high performance lifestyle, they ask 61 productivity experts to choose their 3 favorite productivity tools.

You can see what they had to say in this VERY informative post.

Friendship 50 Part 1

Friendship logoOn September 13, 2015, Friendship UMC will be celebrating 50 years of impacting the community of Athens, AL.

While technically Friendship UMC will turn 50 before that date, that will be the day we officially celebrate 50 years.

We are currently in the planning phase and what has already been determined is awesome.  In the coming weeks we will be sharing bits and pieces of what will transpire on that day.

The most important part of that celebration is that you be present.  Rumor has it that you may see some faces from the past.  That’s all I’ll tell you for now. Save the date!

5 ways to love what you already have

Buy nothingYou may and may not agree with this list of 5 ways to love what you have now.  Add to it or take away. But at least think about it!  The original post can be found at buy nothing new for a year.

1.You Don’t Need Something that Doesn’t Benefit Anyone Else

2. You Don’t Need Something That Causes Debt

3. You Don’t Need Anything That Makes You Want More

4. You Don’t Need Things That Make You Forget What’s Important

5. You Don’t Need Possessions That Prevent You From Changing

Each of these 5 is explained in greater detail if you want to know more at buy nothing new for a year.

Stop at Nothing The Lance Armstrong Story

armstrongIn case you didn’t know, I’m a self confessing documentary junkie.  I recently watched a doc on Lance Armstrong as he totally destroyed people’s lives all for glory and money.  It was really amazing to see how he was represented in this documentary even as he confessed to doing all that other’s claimed he had done.  If you like good documentaries then you’ll really like this one – Stop at Nothing The Lance Armstrong Story over on Netflix.  You may even catch it in it’s entirety on if it’s still available.

Everything You Need to Know about ISIS in 2 minutes!

tankISIS is no longer just a terrorist group.  They now operate as a full fledged government with the capability to occupy cities.  Everything you need to know about ISIS, according to CNN can be found in this two minute video.