The Story of the “Woobie”

So I’ve been meaning to write about this one since Christmas and just kept putting it off. 25 or so years ago I bought my niece Vanessa and my niece Ashley (sisters) a couple of blankets for Christmas. You know, those blankets that are snuggly and warm and usually are a big hit during the […]

May 9, 2021   Family, Stories

Losing a piece of my childhood

On October 12th, 2017 we lost a person that had a very special place in my heart and one who played an huge role in making me into the person I am today. Michael Maggiulli passed away in his sleep at the age of 54. Mike was a very loving and giving person as you will […]

October 27, 2017   Friends

Helping someone you love when they lose someone they love

During my life I have lost a number of people that I loved. I’m all out of grandparents, I tragically lost my sister, I’ve lost aunts and uncles and dear friends. And almost going on 2 years now, I lost my Mother. It recently started to hit me that now that I’m over the age […]

January 7, 2017   Family, Friends

The Giving Pledge

Back in March of 2013 I wrote a blog post about Billionaires, I mention in this article that if I ever joined the ranks of billionaire status that I promised to form a club. Millionaires, Billionaires…Trillions? Well, unbeknown to  me at the time there was already a movement started called “The Giving Pledge” that Warren Buffet and […]

April 1, 2016   Inspire

The difference between impossible and “nearly” impossible…

Is as big as any difference we encounter. All we need is ‘nearly’ and we have completely transformed the problem–changing it from one to avoid to one to commit to. Here’s the hard part: having the ability to see (and to announce) the ‘nearly’ part. Almost every breakthrough comes from someone who saw “nearly” when […]

July 3, 2014   Inspire

Losing a bet might get your name changed?

This is a good one. Figured I’d share to make you laugh a little and to remind you that you should never make silly bets when drunk! A Dunedin man has changed his name to the longest legally allowed, after apparently losing a bet five years ago.   The 22-year-old man from Normanby is now […]

March 10, 2014   General, Sports, Stories


  “When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity” – John F. Kennedy

February 27, 2014   Inspire