10 Tips for Families Facing Addiction

10 Tips for Families Facing Addiction

  I’ve spent more than two decades helping people and their families contend with addiction issues. These are some things I’ve found myself saying frequently and consistently.   1. The idea that the person has to “want to stop” is a myth. At some point, a...
To Change One Life: Author Mark Sephton

To Change One Life: Author Mark Sephton

Episode 129 for June 22, 2021 The following is an automated transcript from episode 129, with author and entrepreneur mentor Mark Sephton.   Tom Gentry: It’s funny. I don’t know if you know this, but so Gina Moffa, who’s a psychotherapist in New...
17 Records – This Year (So Far)

17 Records – This Year (So Far)

These are the records I’ve picked up since the beginning of the year, or just before. Some I already owned on CD. But, I’m always looking to find my favorites on vinyl. What I didn’t pre-order, I found at Rust & Wax, In West Palm Beach, Florida....
XOXO: My Favorite Record from 2020

XOXO: My Favorite Record from 2020

Twitter disgusts me. I try to stay away from it. But, I do have a profile for the podcast, where I promote the episodes and, occassionally, call out a particular U.S. Senator on his thinly-veiled feigned sincerity. But, I also use it to keep up with guests of the...
The Photographs of Safaa Kagan

The Photographs of Safaa Kagan

Safaa Kagan is a travel photographer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. Safaa moved to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a photographer. She studied art and earned a degree in commercial photography. She then apprenticed...
The Career Path of the Authentic Self

The Career Path of the Authentic Self

As an young adult, I abandoned my authentic self and the life I really wanted. In terms of vocation, rather than pursuing something that excited me, I opted for what others described as a more practical path. Imagine having the aptitude to write professionally. You...
On Having a Dad

On Having a Dad

When you have a dad who didn’t have a dad, in some ways, you don’t have a dad.   Those words came to me one morning. I printed them prominently, in all capital letters, on the first page of a blank journal I was using at the time, to collect my thoughts, about...
Masculinity is Not the Problem

Masculinity is Not the Problem

Originally published on January 28, 2019 — As a man, as the father of a boy beginning the transition into manhood, and as someone who works with many troubled young men, I felt encouraged to learn the powers that be at Gillette saw fit to publicly evaluate their...
Belonging in Baseball

Belonging in Baseball

I began playing baseball in the tiny back yard of the home where I grew up. It was a small, bumpy patch of grass surrounded by four-foot hedges. I played with my older sister and neighborhood kids, including some my mom was paid to care for, at a time when the Big Red...
On the Death of Anthony Bourdain

On the Death of Anthony Bourdain

A couple years ago, my son gave me a cookbook. We’d been out shopping and had seen it a couple times. He knew I wanted it. It was one of those times when you buy the gift so they can give it to you. In truth, you’re doing something for them. Hardbound and illustrated...