Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything—even mountains, rivers, plants and trees—should be your teacher.
—Morihei Ueshiba

CONTAct me

November 28, 2019

March 8, 2019

November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018

September 29, 2018

September 23, 2018

January 17, 2018

Please reload





Please reload


​Writer, Director, Husband, Dad and Stirrer of the Cosmic Oatmeal.

Hi I'm Jack. I live in Tokyo Japan and work as a copywriter/creative director. 

​I came to Japan twenty years ago to study Aikido and fell in love with the country, the culture, and a beautiful woman named Yoko. We married almost 15 years ago and we have a teenage daughter who keeps us on our toes. 

Thanks for visiting my blog of ramblings as I look at my own life and  look for ways to make it better. I hope you too will find something interesting here and make it yours. 



January 8, 2018

Years ago, I realized that while I was writing slogans, vision statements, and mission statements for companies all over the world, I didn’t have my own. I do now. My personal slogan sits at the top of my page: Love life. Perfect life. Beautify life. It is your art.

Every moment can be a work of moving art if we bring mind...

January 3, 2018

Belief can forge our moral framework, steer our relationships, or it can manifest itself as racism, terrorism, and persuade us to act in a variety of inhuman ways. 

When it comes to our brains on belief, the goal isn’t accuracy; it’s validation. Validation that we’re in the right place doing the right things. And, when the...

December 26, 2017

Morning has always given me my strength. Her cold, quiet hours provide invigorating energy. When I respect Morning, I receive her benefits all day long. 

My days start in the dark, usually around 04:00. Years ago, I traded in the alarm clock for a natural way to start the morning: I go to sleep early and wake naturally. Th...

December 25, 2017

I'll do it when I get this stuff handled. We've all said it, and we've all regretted it. I spent about four years telling myself I was going to return to my training after my daughter was born. My body stiffened every day I delayed it, and each of those days added hours to my progress after returning.  

Conditions are neve...

Please reload

  • Black Facebook Icon


  • Twitter Social Icon
  • White Facebook Icon