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People naturally throw up defenses in the face of distressing information. Getting past defense mechanisms to get them to change their behavior for the sake of the planet is difficult. I interviewed psychologist Renee Lertzman for Sierra magazine about how she thinks conservation organizations need to adjust their message.  Read it here.

 
 
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My last glorious trip was to the Amazon basin in Peru, and I wrote about it for The Dallas Morning News. Read all about it here. 

 
 
 
 
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Are you doing all you can do to be as miserable as humanly possible? I think not--you could probably be a lot more miserable if you put in just a little more effort. Learn the skills you need by reading How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already UseRead my review here. 

 
 
Reading Jim Rendon's excellent book, Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth and then interviewing people myself to write my article in SUCCESS magazine, "3 Inspirational Stories of Post-Traumatic Growth" was both inspiring and sobering. Sobering to understand, in a deep way, that we are none of us immune to unimaginable tragedy and hardship, and inspiring to realize that you can experience horrific things and still come out the other side not only whole, but better than before. We are, all of us, stronger than we think. I think. 
 

I Went to Bavaria

01/12/2016

 
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OK, the beer has nothing to do with the stories I published, I just like the photo. It's very Bavarian, don't you think?

I did publish two stories from the trip, however. Check 'em out.

A conversation with the Night Watchman of Rothenburg: I chatted with the guy who does the wildly popular Night Watchman walking tour in the medieval walled village of  Rothenburg ob der Tauber. He's kind of an accidental star--he applied for the job on practically a whim, and has become a main attraction.

Exploring Munich's painful history: Lest the previous story left you feeling unpleasantly cheery, for this story I visited the new Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism — which explains how the Nazis came to power in Munich. Grim and educational. 

 
 
I really enjoyed writing this article about post-traumatic growth for The Dallas Morning News. It's scary to realize, profoundly, that none of us is immune to trauma. It's reassuring to know that we can survive and thrive.

 
 
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It's a lot to live up to, but how can I not love this great compliment from the Dallas Observer? Read the entire story here.

 
 
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I know you'll want copies of all my books for all your loved ones. Stock up now at Barnes & Noble, where you can get $10 off a purchase of $75 and more between 10/14 and 10/16. 2015. Click here and start shopping.

 
 
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I had just returned from a road trip to Colorado when I had the opportunity to talk to Long Island Pulse about my suggestions for making a road trip the best road trip it can be. I couldn't be happier with the resulting story, "6 Tips for the Perfect Road Trip." Check it out here.