Get healthy. Build wealth. Enhance knowledge. Practice charity. These are the points on my compass; what are yours?

No, I’m not THAT Jessica Simpson, though I do have a connection with Britney Spears

The author in one of her happy places

About My Name

Though I may have the same name as the celebrity Jessica Simpson, I’m older than her, so it was technically my name first! To add to the coincidence, I’m from the same hometown as a girl named Britney Spears, and once upon a time, we took dance lessons together. I’m…

And he did it not once, but twice!

Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

There is nothing worse than coming home from vacation to find that you left the refrigerator door open, and everything has spoiled.

Unless maybe it’s when you’re getting the groceries out of the car, and you accidentally leave a bag in your trunk. No big deal, until you open the…

Even if the sentence was unjustified?

Seneca committing suicide Wikimedia Commons

Seneca was a Stoic philosopher who lived during the time of the Emperor Nero.

Nero was young when he became Emperor, and he could be cruel. If you’ve ever seen Game of Thrones, imagine King Joffrey. Unlike King Joffrey, though, when Nero’s mother angered him, he had her murdered.

Wouldn’t…

No matter how hard you fail

Thomas Edison with others in front of the burned laboratory Wikimedia Commons

“Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!”

Thomas Edison was an inspiring figure. He invented many things and he never stopped tinkering. His experiments with the electric…

But Diogenes laughed last

Alexander the Great meets Diogenes, who lived in a barrel Wikimedia Commons

“He has the most who is most content with the least.” — Diogenes

Minimalism is a hot topic these days, but there have been people practicing the art of living without things for thousands of years.

Diogenes of Sinope, who called himself “Diogenes the dog,” was one such person.

Though he was an eminent philosopher, he chose to live on the streets in rags, or naked, even. …

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