Some people…

It never ceases to amaze me that there are people out there who seem to be geared…

…no… designed…

To be helpful.

They come to the studio… work all day (and I’m talking HARD work) make a huge change in the place and then…


They Thank Me when they leave.

Thank ME!

For letting them come over and work their butts off for little more than fellowship.

These are amazing people and I want to thank them right now… on Easter Sunday because I know they are out there celebrating and won’t be able to say something like “Oh, don’t thank me… It was nothing.”

I’m taking this opportunity to do something that I highly recommend you do to those around you who are the same way…

To Dan who cuts the grass… thank you my friend. You have a gift. Watching you out there makes me jealous of your line. You cut more grass in a shorter time with a bigger smile than I’ve ever seen.

Roger, Kyra, Marty and Becket who build rooms, shovel sand, light up the swamp and make sure there’s the delight of discovery in the eyes of a child here whenever they stop by… Thank you for not only your willingness to do things like crawl under the house but for doing it with excellence. You prove that you don’t always “Get what you pay for.” Sometimes you get a whole lot more than that. Every time with you!

To Jennifer who makes sure that no poison ivy goes untouched. No counter top goes un scrubbed and who has great appreciation for filling the air with music that only someone much older… (like me) would like… Thank you for brightening up every room or swamp that you inhabit.

To Shay who makes sure that there is a class to the joint that I never imagined possible. An elegance to the way light streams through the drapes, sheers and clean windows and the smell of fresh deer bubbling on the broken stove… Thank you for believing that this place could be more than an old, forgotten, house at the end of a dirt road.

To Dane who recognized the need for people to come here and not only put the word out but showed up, barefoot, ready to tackle anything that needed to be tackled. Thank you for you spirit of “Why not?!” It’s very refreshing to someone who was used to hearing “Why? altogether too often.

And to Robert who simply does everything. Everything from finding and fixing leaks to making sure the dogs are alive and the alligator is far away and the firewood is dry and the Darryl has the right info and the burn pile is manned and the pool guy is on time and on and on and on… Thank you for taking on this project (which is truly endless) with an attitude of friendship and good will toward all who enter the chain that will one day be a beautiful gate.

You all amaze me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

See..? That wasn’t so bad. Was it?


A workout a day keep the doctor impressed

Forgive the blatant sales pitch but something just happened that I have to brag about.

Have to!

Okay… I am working on this delightful film called “Mr. Fiction” for the Pixel Network through Hallmark all week.

I’m a dad who is trying to protect one of his investments while also trying to spark a little romance into my son’s overworked life.

Fun stuff.

But here’s the deal… When ever you do a movie you have to be given a physical to make sure you are insurable. In the event that you get sick the production company needs to be able to get reimbursed for any money they are out because of your sickness.

Just how it is.

So… today I am getting my physical and the doctor sees that I’m 54… just 54 BTW… and wishes me Happy Birthday.
“Thanks” I say.
Then he takes my blood pressure.
“Wow… that’s really great.” He says.
I forget the number but it was enough to impress this guy so that’s good with me.
He then listens to my heart.
“Um…” says he. “What is it that you do to keep in this kind of shape at your age?”
That’s when I told him about P90X3.
That’s when I gave him the link to my web site.That’s when I thanked him for coming and he said “No… Thank you. I’m going to start doing this right away and get my patients on it. I’ll order P90X3 tonight.”

It feels good to help a doctor get into better shape!

For those of you who know what this means… BRING IT!

For those who don’t… why not give it a shot?

The days drag on but the years they fly by!

It’s that time again… Birthday time!

So hard to believe because it truly seems as if I just had one about a month ago! How is it that the years have gotten so short?

I remember, when I was a kid or a young adult, how long a year was. If someone said…. “That could take a year” I thought it was the end of the world. “A year? A whole year..? Impossible… a year is. like… forever!”

A selfie with JD

Not any more.

This was a year of great change. Of the start of tangible evidence of a dream realized with Smothered and the studio. A year of great professional gains and tremendous personal loss.

All in all it’s been a good year. The best, actually. I’ve become closer with my children, more understanding of my wife and she more of me. I’ve written more complex stories, brought additional layers to characters and gotten into better shape than ever before. I’ve made new friends and removed myself from others not so friendly.

It’s been a year of growth… loss… IMG_0833and soul searching. It’s also been a year of poison ivy but that’s a whole other story.

I look forward to what the days will bring in this my 54th. If the results are anything like what is bouncing around in my head it’s going to be one hell of a ride!

Thank you for hanging in there with me. For trying to understand an overweight kids dream in a fit old guys body. Thanks for urging me on and, occasionally, trying to hold me back when I got too close to the edge.

I had a wonderful dinner with Elly and Toby last night. The first text this morning was from Karis… my Biscuit. Will do my daily P90X3 workout (see sidebar to get yours if you dare!) Am heading to work on a film to play a role that has quickly become out of character for me… a good guy… Then it’s off to dinner and beer with Leah and Jarred.

Today is  going to be a great day. I can feel it in my bones!

Look at your birthdays as mile markers that let you know you are here. Make your time here count. Do what ever you can to make the rooms you leave, the sidewalks on which you walk and the lives you touch even slightly better than they were before you got there.

I’m not saying that I do this personally. I am saying that I am aware that I should. And that… I believe… that knowledge is the beginning of change… of growth.

How do you feel getting older? Are you doing what you can to make a difference in the world? Your neighborhood? A single life?

Has your road been long and winding? Straight and narrow? Or, like mine, a series of straight lines interrupted by a series of 90 degree turns?

What will your life look like a year from now?



PS –
Some people say I sound like a broken record with this Beachbody P90X, T25, Shakeology, Ultimate Reset, fitness workout thing. Here’s why:

Me at 50Before4 years ago…

And me at 544-up on 4-8-14 at 11.28 AM #4this morning.

‘Nuff said?

Decide to make a change and click right here on “I want you to be MY coach, John.”  Or go to my “Health & Fitness” tab there to the left. It’ll shock you to find out what you can do once you’ve made a decision. It sure did me. This is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s up to YOU what shape you live it in!

You can even be a COACH yourself. See what it’s like having someone pay you to work out!