By |July 12th, 2015|

There is an experiment where two groups of individuals are shown four identical illustrations - three were labeled differently - and given an opportunity to comment on what they believe. As most humans have the ability to make an opinion the results are telling. The opinions of the four groups varied widely. Does this [...]

The Platinum Rule

By |July 5th, 2015|

You have probably seen many quotes on the Internet that you thought sounded like a good idea, until you begin to consider them from another person's viewpoint and realize that they sound a bit egotistic. The Golden Rule is one of those quotes that we have come to believe in as being a great [...]

A Moment of Testing

By |June 28th, 2015|

We are each tested in every minute of our lives. Yes, life is just one test after another. It has always been and will always be. There is no way to avoid the test of the moment. It is laid out in front of us and we will either pass or fail. It is [...]

Living For the Future

By |June 21st, 2015|

Each moment of every day, many are given the opportunity to make decisions that effect their future. Be thankful that you are given the opportunity of the moment, as there are millions who do not have the opportunity to make decisions that effect their future.

Learning Awareness as a Path

By |June 14th, 2015|

As I go about my daily walk in the neighborhood surrounding my home in Cuernavaca, Mexico I am filled with awareness. Today, I am more aware than I was during my early life and my move to Cuernavaca has increased my awareness tremendously. I cannot remember a more phlegmatic time in my life; calm, [...]

You’ve Been Wrong About… Well, Everything!

By |June 7th, 2015|

I know, you are thinking that it could not possibly be that you have been wrong about everything you have said, thought or done in your life, right? Take a deep breath, believe it or not, we are seldom right.

Perhaps you are one of those extremely rare individuals who have never been wrong about [...]

How’s That Working For You?

By |May 31st, 2015|

How often are you faced with a feeling of being uncomfortable with the statements of others? Like when someone tells you that you are being unfair, when you know in your own mind that you never intended to be anything but fair.

The Price We Pay for Not Knowing the Truth

By |May 24th, 2015|

The donkey has nothing on humans when it comes to being stubborn. During World War One a scientific test was undertaken to find whether donkeys could be used in combat. As it turned out donkeys are incredibly intelligent and manage to complete a series of puzzles and challenges including undoing a locked pack lock [...]

What We See

By |May 17th, 2015|

As with all things in life, we seldom see the truth. It is not normally, what is right in front of our eyes and we must search for truth. Take for example this illustration of billiard balls. How many balls are there? Most people will simply count the balls in order to come up [...]

In Interacting With Others, We Learn About Ourselves

By |May 10th, 2015|

“He loved her for everything she was and she decided
that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.” ~ Brian Andreas
Every relationship takes a lot of work and patience. Those who know me well know that I am not a perfect man. It took me years to find out what is [...]

Rules for First Impressions

By |May 3rd, 2015|

There is not a person alive who does not meet others for the first time occasionally. Some of us meet several new persons every day, some may only meet one person a day or even a week.

But meet we will, and when we do that first meeting can bring mixed emotions into play. Some [...]

The Difference Between Being Alone and Lonely

By |April 26th, 2015|

“Having someone wonder where you are when you
don't come home at night is a very old human need."
- Margaret Mead
Most of us are filled with a sense of wonderment as to what new opportunities the future holds for us. Of course, it is and will be what we want it to be. I [...]

Marriage is Not an Empty Box

By |April 19th, 2015|


A friend posted a meme on Facebook the other day that I find to be a bit strange in many ways. It was called the Marriage Box, originally written by J. Allan Petersen. It read...
Most people get married believing a myth--that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have longed [...]

Worldly Lenses

By |April 12th, 2015|

One of the master skills for individual success in life, is understanding how the mind of other people works – why people say what they do. It’s all about the lenses they use, to view the world around them. We each see the world through a unique set of lenses - our eyes. Our lenses are created from our lifetime of experiences. That experience is created from what we know and how we feel about what we know. So, when we examine others, it’s important to consider the lenses through which that person sees the world around them. [...]

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

By |April 5th, 2015|

Even if the past may have been disappointing, your future might be better than you could ever imagine.

The self-fulfilling prophecy is a statement that alters actions and therefore comes true. For example, a person stating “I can't have a decent relationship,” might alter his actions so that such a prediction is fulfilled by his [...]

Learn to Think – Think to Learn

By |March 29th, 2015|

Many would say that I was blessed at birth, not with a silver spoon in my mouth but a microphone. You know the guy, the one that a microphone is handed and he just won't give it back as he rambles on and on with lots of ah... and uh... interspersed with bad jokes. I was that guy once upon a time. [...]

Open Letter to a Friend

By |March 22nd, 2015|


Bill Hood
Cuernavaca, Mexico
April 26, 2014

Dear Friend:

I received your email this morning. You wrote to tell me that you were in love, and of course, that is wonderful news. You asked me to help you understand what you are feeling and if you should pursue the love that you have found. Of course, while you [...]


By |March 15th, 2015|

Do you know why your job sucks? Do you know why millions of people work for minimum wage? Why people don’t have proper health care? Why far too often you feel that life itself sucks almost daily?

Because incompetence has become a cancer in our society. Competency is the ability to do something successfully or [...]

Finding the Dream

By |March 8th, 2015|

Finding the dream is possible if you believe. [...]

The Fallacy of Compatibility

By |March 1st, 2015|

Yesterday, a friend re-posted an article about "The Ideal Partner," which attempted to point out what aspects should be present in a relationship before you take the big leap. The article was simply another example of Internet Myth. The article did not have a byline for the author, nor any references to factual studies [...]

Making Decisions on Core Virtues

By |February 22nd, 2015|

Meaning, and ‘meaningful’, are very subjective terms. Pretty much everything we see, hear, and feel is open for interpretation, and skewed by our past experiences. I believe it’s the meaning that we choose to place on things, whether deliberately, or without thought, that is the driving force to why we make all of our [...]

Finding Peace, Serenity and Tranquility

By |February 15th, 2015|

How many times have you been asked, "Are you happy?" and quickly stated yes, without so much as a thought? How many times have you been asked, "What do you really want in life?" and again answered quickly, "I don't know!"

In truth few people are truly happy in their life, with their current circumstances of living, work, relationships and more. [...]

The Unconscious Mind

By |February 8th, 2015|


How many times today, have you used phrases such as, "I don't know...," "I can't...," or a similar phrase for something for which there is no immediate answer. Have you given any thought as to how these types of phrases make you feel? [...]

Be in the Moment – Balanced

By |February 1st, 2015|

As a serial entrepreneur and confirmed workaholic driven by epistemophilia I have always had a ton of projects in work at any given time and thus my life was in a constant hectic state. I had lived in Cuernavaca intermittently for a number of years until I finally made the full time move to [...]

Choose happiness in all that you think, say or do

By |January 25th, 2015|


A friend shared the quote the other day that Happiness is a State of Mind. The quote is by Steve Maraboli, from Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience in which he wrote: [...]

Accept Responsibility for the Consequences of Your Behavior

By |January 18th, 2015|

If you spend anytime on social media sites, you will assuredly note instances of individuals posting without giving thought to what is written. It would seem that online societies are the feeding ground for vulgarity, insensitivity, the leveraging of political views, bickering at its finest. It seems that social media is overrun with people [...]

The Presidential Election

By |January 12th, 2015|

Most U.S.A. citizens are clueless as to how the President of the U.S.A. is elected, believing that they will go to the polls and vote for their choice and the winner of those votes will become the president. However, in reality it does not work that way. In accordance with the U.S.A. Constitution, the [...]

A Lateral Thinking Challenge for you…

By |January 11th, 2015|

I have a lateral thinking challenge for you. You enter a room with six doors, knowing that you are to choose one and only one to go through. Behind each door is another room with two chairs. One of the chairs will be occupied by a gentleman and the other chair is for you. [...]

The Greatest Gifts

By |December 21st, 2014|

The New Year is almost upon us, and is traditionally the time of year for loved ones to come together and share gifts. No, the gifts that we give at the New Year are more personal and important. They will be valued more and do not require wrapping. [...]

The First Rain

By |April 20th, 2014|

It rained last night. When it rains here in the mountains so close to heaven, it is like a full orchestra performing for my enjoyment. I arrive early to find the best front row seat in the house, often on the covered front terrace where I can observe my garden of bougainvillea, azalea and birds of paradise. [...]

Juli Lynne Charlot

By |April 25th, 2013|

This is a success story about a girl who couldn't sew, had no money, but turned an idea into a International phenomena in the 1940s.

This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a delightful week traveling by car though western Mexico with Juli Lynne Charlot, the creator of the Circle Skirt, which quickly [...]

My Sister Mary Rosalind

By |September 7th, 2008|

Updated May 8, 2020 - My sister, Mary Rosalind, at the age of 20, left home on January 4, 1961, rather than stay in an abusive marriage. At the time, women did not have many recourses to deal with this. Fifty-seven years goes by pretty fast, but I have not stopped looking for her [...]

In Memory of Mike Cahill

By |March 31st, 2006|

This week I learned that years later, people will care about right.

This story was published in the Austin, Texas' American-Statesman newspaper on Friday, March 31, 2006. I think it is important that we remember Mike Cahill and his dream. I think it is important that we realize the importance of friendship and caring for [...]

The Truth About Edison

By |June 22nd, 2002|

You may have read the rumor posed as an inspirational story about Thomas Edison’s school teacher referring to him as addled or mentally ill in a letter. One version of the story goes...
One day, Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me [...]

Who Are Your Real Friends?

By |November 4th, 2001|

Not all people who are your friends are truly your friends. Ask yourself this question, “Who among your friends are helping you grow or holding you back?”

The word friend is of Germanic origin, and related to the Dutch vriend and German Freund, meaning "to love". But, even more, important is the newer alternative meaning [...]