INPUT: My #3 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the third in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup that helps people realize their strengths. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. I’ve already blogged about my #1 strength, INTELLECTION, and my #2 strength, HARMONY. Now, the journey continues with my #3 strength: INPUT. After taking the Strengths Finder questionnaire, I […]

HARMONY: My #2 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the second in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup that helps people realize their strengths. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. On the heels of my #1 strength, INTELLECTION, the journey continues with my #2 strength: HARMONY. It wasn’t at all shocking when Strengths Finder told me my #2 strength […]

INTELLECTION: My #1 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the first in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup that helps people realize their strengths. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. Today starts my five-part journey toward doing just that. A few weeks ago, if you were to have asked me about my #1 strength […]

Yes, Book Trailers Are a Thing

So, yesterday was a wonderful day. After a week and a half of faithfully/madly editing some personal video footage, I finally uploaded a book trailer for my upcoming project. Yes, book trailers are a thing. The reaction couldn’t have been more encouraging. From Twitter to Facebook to YouTube itself, the encouragement was overwhelming. Yesterday was such an affirming benchmark in the long winding road of this messy book I’ve felt called to write for 4 years now. I’m sure most of you have already seen the […]

Misplaced at Walmart: Sandwich with Books

It’s no secret Walmart has long been the bedrock of my blogging inspiration. Whether for silly or serious reasons, this store never fails to provide me blogging material when I need it most. One of my favorite things about going to Walmart (other than the colorful characters) is discovering misplaced items. We’ve all done it at one point or another: picked up that Scooby Doo toothbrush and only upon walking the cereal aisle, realized you have seven unused toothbrushes at home. […]

“Surfing for God” by Michael John Cusick: TMZ Reviews

“Every time a man knocks on a brothel door, he is really searching for God.” — G.K. Chesterton I’m attracted to openness and vulnerability in writing — blogs, books, you name it. I can never get enough stories on the human struggle; the messier, the more honest, the infinitely more encouraging. A former porn/sex addict, Michael John Cusick boldly confesses all in Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle. His book opens with a chilling allegory I won’t soon […]

TMZ Exclusive: An Interview with Max Andrew Dubinsky

Before driving across the country last week, I met up with one of my favorite bloggers, Max Dubinsky. We both happen to live in southern California, and he graciously agreed to an in-person interview, thus unwittingly allowing me to break out the phrase “TMZ Exclusive” when such wording is usually reserved by that other TMZ for such “shocking” footage as Britney Spears forgetting her baby’s pacifier at a Greek restaurant. Max and I met in a snazzy LA alleyway and […]

Books I’ve Never Read: TMZ’s Top-11 Favorites

I like lists. Lists keep the world in order. Lists tell us what’s the best of the best and the worst of the worst and the medicorest of the mediocre. Top-10 lists are cute, but cliché. That’s why I do top-11 lists. They’re less cute, yes, but also less cliché, which also means more original. Also, I greatly worry what people think of me; I’ll trade cute for non-cliché. I love books, though I’m certain I don’t read nearly enough. […]