When I was 14, my parents asked if I was gay. This is the story of what happened.

I was brought up in a Jewish household, and my grandmother was the youth director for the regional reform Jewish youth group. If it wasn’t explicitly stated that I would participate in the regional youth group when I became of age, which was 8th grade, I felt compelled. Besides, my grandmother was a youth director…thatContinue reading “When I was 14, my parents asked if I was gay. This is the story of what happened.”

How Do You Know If Something Is Actually Good?

Shortly after my book was published and released in paperback and eBook, I paid for two reviews from companies that assess books from independent authors. The first was BlueInk, a company I had met at an independent authors conference in 2017. The second was called Foreword/Clarion, which had a package deal with BlueInk. “Buy both,Continue reading “How Do You Know If Something Is Actually Good?”

Thank You For Making Me Feel So Loved

On Friday, 16 November, I held a party to celebrate the release of my first book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, at the Sitar Arts Center in Washington D.C. While local bookstores weren’t interested in my book or hosting a launch/release party, Sitar welcomed me withContinue reading “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Loved”

Unique Items from Iraq, Afghanistan, the Military, and CIA… Up For Grabs!

Today, 17 September, is a really exciting day; it’s the day that my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, ends its 28-day pre-release on Amazon and actually ships in paperback to those who purchased a copy. If you did, a sincere THANK YOU! To help spread theContinue reading “Unique Items from Iraq, Afghanistan, the Military, and CIA… Up For Grabs!”

The Four Major Takeaways I Learned from Writing My First Book

Now that my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most is published, I felt it was important to reflect on the major lessons I learned the process of writing the book and sharing them with everyone in the hope that they might make the same rightContinue reading “The Four Major Takeaways I Learned from Writing My First Book”

I’m Giving Away Truly Awesome and Unique Things as Part of My Recent Book Release

On August 24th, both the eBook and presale paperback versions of my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, hit Amazon. I’m extremely excited that this project is completed and out for the world to see, and hopefully enjoy! To help spread the word about the presale, I’mContinue reading “I’m Giving Away Truly Awesome and Unique Things as Part of My Recent Book Release”

Here’s How You Can Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card from Me, and a Free, Signed Copy of My Upcoming Book

Since July when I switched to a part-time work schedule, I’ve spent Mondays and Fridays writing and editing eight true stories from my life, all with the intention of compiling them and publishing them in a book. These stories cross numerous topics, including my experiences in the US Military, my time in Iraq and AfghanistanContinue reading “Here’s How You Can Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card from Me, and a Free, Signed Copy of My Upcoming Book”

Finding My Fit: My Eight-Year, Multiple-Road Block Journey To Get to My Dream Job

“Workplace culture is changing,” said Preston Peterson, the facilitator for my office’s offsite in November 2008. “Baby boomers are in the highest ranks leading millennials who are joining the workforce. The gap between them is wide, which is why we need to discuss it to help bridge that gap.” I was a 23-year-old millennial myself,Continue reading “Finding My Fit: My Eight-Year, Multiple-Road Block Journey To Get to My Dream Job”

“He’s Lebanese!” How Taking 10% of the Time to Learn 100% of a Language Led to the Conversation of a Lifetime in Bahrain

I went to Hebrew school when I was in elementary school, in preparation for my bar mitzvah, but all I ever did was memorize what I was reading, so I had no ability to comprehend anything else. I took one year of Spanish in eighth grade, but learned my very limited conversational Spanish by workingContinue reading ““He’s Lebanese!” How Taking 10% of the Time to Learn 100% of a Language Led to the Conversation of a Lifetime in Bahrain”

The Mercury Centurion – How I Used The “Get After It” Mindset to Drive My Success in a New Job, New City, and New Life

Two discharges from two US military ROTC units in six months had hit me hard emotionally. But it was difficult on a logical level, too. It was April 2006, and I had less than a month and a half before I was set to graduate from The Ohio State University, but I had no job,Continue reading “The Mercury Centurion – How I Used The “Get After It” Mindset to Drive My Success in a New Job, New City, and New Life”