Author Archives: Landon

About Landon

I'm a small town, values-driven family man. I like to learn things, and I like to teach things. I like to read, cook, play music and play outdoors. I enjoy yoga, guns, music, tea, dancing, hiking, and enriching conversation. Professionally, I am a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic, adjunct college faculty, contract educator, dance studio owner, and freelance writer/speaker.

Seven Things That Aren’t Romantic About Everyday Love

We all want our love stories to be romantic and passionate, incredible reproductions of hollywood tales of danger, commitment, and triumph.  We want to believe that our love is unlike any love that has ever been felt by any of … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Don’t Know How Heavy It Is

Today, I got some good news I’ve been anxiously anticipating for the past several months. And, in that moment, I realized how much stress, worry, and anxiety was attached to this news only because it was no longer there. I … Continue reading

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A Servant Leadership Tale

The Monkeys & Their Great Work A Tale About the Origins of Servant Leadership And of Its Evolution into Tyranny Once upon a time, there were two monkeys.  These two monkeys liked to do great work, and great work they … Continue reading

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Self Esteem is Like A Pyramid

Once, a little girl asked her grandfather, “What is self esteem?” He replied “Self esteem is like a pyramid.  It’s something that takes a long time to build, but will stand up to just about anything if you build it right.” “What … Continue reading

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The Loathsome Boss

This article is about a common creature, The Boss, which can be found worldwide.  Most people have encountered one, if not many.  Recent research suggests that as many as most Americans have one.  This is most unfortunate, as they are … Continue reading

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Are Equal & Identical the Same Thing?

I often think that one of the most frequent manifestations of pain & ego in our world is in the comparison of one with another.  You to me.  Me to him.  Her to her.  It is a behavior bred into … Continue reading

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Redefining “Perfect”

Perfect is one of those words that is thrown around carelessly, misapplied liberally, and understood vaguely, with the result that most don’t have a good grasp of what it means. In our hyper-sexualized society, obsessed with perceived infallibility as we … Continue reading

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Why Self-Centered Might Not Be So Bad

“He’s so self-centered.” “She’s a thoughtless snob.” Ever hear something like this? Ever say something like this? I have. In doing so, we subscribe to a cultural philosophy that throws not caring for others and caring for ourselves both into the same … Continue reading

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Slaying Mr. Cool

Who is Mr. Cool? (Naturally, Mrs. Cool exists too, but this post is about the typical masculine persona that we men so frequently quest after.) Mr. Cool is smart.  He’s funny.  Unreasonably handsome.  Chiseled bod.  He’s good at everything.  Everyone … Continue reading

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5 Universal Practices That Will Help You Stay Awake

Let me start off by defining “awake”. I don’t mean it to be the opposite of sleeping. In a nutshell, I use it as a term to describe a state of consciousness where a person is aware of their inner … Continue reading

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