Saturday, April 4, 2020


Thursday, April 2, 2020

#maliadog from the #googleartsandculture app

Monday, March 30, 2020

When I had a newborn baby, I spent many nights doing 1-2 hour feedings. I used that time to listen to this podcast, and have started re-listening recently. Have a listen: PRESIDENTIAL: A podcast about the character & legacy of America’s presidents

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Domestic violence isn’t just a problem for women. Men are victims as well. I know from experience. It’s a cold and cloudy day today and I was reminded of my time living in Zagreb, Croatia. While I loved living there and made many great friends, my life at home was a secret. I never talked about what I was dealing with on a near daily basis. The domestic violence was nearly impossible for me to handle, but I did, and I kept it to myself. I married a women with a borderline personality disorder. She was open about her health condition, which I respected. But she was self-medicated and did not seek professional help...which resulted in her mental illness having such a devastating effect on me. Discussions and disagreements are expected in any marriage. But when they occurred in my relationship over 7 years, the result was always the same: I was verbally and physically assaulted. And I kept it to myself. I stayed in the marriage despite knowing that I what she was doing to me was wrong. Instead of using what spiritual strength I had to walk away, instead I tapped into my Christian morals and would always say to myself “love the person, hate the disease”. But I stayed in the relationship. I took the domestic abuse and constant mistreatment. I turned the other cheek. And that was my mistake. It’s a tormenting situation to be in when the person you love is hurting you so deeply. When you are punched, slapped, scratched and kicked by the person you love, you don’t know how to handle it. There would be apologies and promises to never do it again, but it would keep happening. I’d reach out to her family for help and even after they’d speak with her, the domestic violence wouldn’t stop. But I stayed. Loving someone with a severe borderline personality disorder is dreadful. You separate it from the person the best you can and try to treat it as it’s own entity. I spent 7 years having to support my wife after her countless suicide attempts, forcing her to vomit medication overdoses, taking knives out of her hands, breaking down doors to locked bathrooms. Her friends were involved as well, taking her to the hospital after her suicide attempts. And despite all the love

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Happy Malia Day! Today, Feb 15th is the anniversary of when I adopted Malia back in 2009 at @muchloveanimalrescue . I could not have asked for a better companion over all these years. We’d traveled the world, lived in 5 different countries and made many friends along the way. But best of all, Malia has been a great dog with my baby boy Alexander. I love you, #malidog! Here’s the calendar entry I made in 2010: February 15, 2009 is the day I adopted Malia from Much Love Animal Rescue.Malia was at the Saturday adoption in Venice and a couple put in an application for her. I had to act fast and at the adoption the next day in Santa Monica, I bonded with her instantly and decided to adopt her. I filled out the application and Stacy and I borrowed Jess Altman's car to drive to my apartment for a home check. Malia came home with me later that day. Life was never the same, thank you Malia!

Friday, February 7, 2020

This guy is back