Author and Motivational Speaker George Barker (Don’t Be a Cow!) offers insights toward happiness and empowering yourself.

Could you stand to laugh a little more?

I was laughing so hard, I was crying. Last week, I mentioned that Groundhog Day was one of my favorite days. Now after seeing the Facebook Live broadcast of the spectacle on Gobbler's Knob surrounding the emergence of Punxsutawney Phil, it…
Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume, second from right, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Groundhog Day. It comes around year after year.

Groundhog Day. Like clockwork.  What a day! All the hype surrounding a rodent and its ability to forecast the weather. We won’t get into accuracy levels. Apparently, accuracy and weather forecasting are totally unrelated anyway. Don’t…
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Quagmire – Getting Out While You Can

Although I’m not big on doing themes or a series with my blogs, my last few have all sort of tied in together.  First, “Resolution or Realization,” points out that the reality of life is that it “just happens.” It does not matter…
Water on window raining

Your Life Feeling a Little Ho Hum?

When dirt roads get soggy, they get soft especially in lower lying areas. When they get soft, tires will leave impressions or ruts. The soggier and softer the road, and the bigger the tire, the deeper the rut.  Depending on the road (path) you’re on, avoiding ruts can be a real challenge. Often, life works in much the same way: It sometimes becomes a little soggy and we can end up in a rut. As with these dirt roads, these ruts can be difficult to avoid, and even harder to get out of, once you’re in one.
Literally, a photograph of a fork in the road.

Are you following the easiest path?

If the answer to this question is no, the obvious reply is, why not? Many people believe in the ole saying, "sometimes the right path isn't the easiest one." Maybe you fall into that category. If you do, let me expand on my previous question…
Memo pad with New Years resolutions and the letter a as a list blank.

Resolution or Realization? Which is it for you?

Before I begin, let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We all know that this is the time of the year for resolutions. Some live by them and some want nothing to do with them ... so I'm not going to say much about resolutions, other than…

Christmas traditions. How do you see them?

Not too terribly long ago, Rachel and I spent a week in the Caribbean. I guess you could say somewhat of a new tradition for us. On our latest outing, we took a little time to do some snorkeling (yes, it was a balmy 85 degrees while temperatures…
Benches in a park at night with holiday lights and snow on the ground

The Key to a Great Holiday Season, the 4 Pillars. Here they are.

Festive or Fearful? This time of year is considered a joyous time of year. Christmas. Chanukah. Kwanzaa. Solstice (Winter Holidays around the world). It's a festive time with family and friends. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of year…
People fighting for gifts on Black Friday

The Great Transformation. It has begun.

The Great Transformation. Why, why, why? Do so many who seem to be so normal for 11 months out of the year, transform into crazy people at Thanksgiving ... then Black Friday … Cyber Monday! And, now it's in full swing. Suddenly normal is something…
Close up of pumpkins and squash at market

Giving thanks.

My wish this Thanksgiving is for each of us to take the time to be thankful, giving thanks to what we have, our families, friends and colleagues. This is a very crucial part of living a lifestyle of happiness. In today’s society, with 24/7…