As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), I partner with individuals in a thoughtful and creative process to help them maximize their personal and professional potential.
As a non-fiction writer (The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living), I share insights and anecdotes for helping people to grow in physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual engagement.
As a fiction writer, I explore the perspectives, strengths, and flaws of modern suburbanites trying to find purpose and passion in a world constantly in flux.
My personal values influence all of my work and the manner in which I attempt to live each day:
* Becoming more self-aware and joyful through ongoing mindfulness practices.
* Being kind and loving to people first and foremost, before any other agenda.
* Taking good care of people and resources that are entrusted to me.
* Learning as much as I can across disciplines, cultures, and geographies.
* Writing prose that echoes what human beings experience.
* Coaching and equipping people in a way that helps them thrive.
In the spring of 2016, I published the final volume of what I now call my “American Angst Trilogy.” You can find all of these books here on my web site. Here’s the novels and their themes:
Plot: Three Daytona Beach mothers/book club members head off on a weekend getaway and disappear, leaving husbands, children, and friends to sort through the voids, ambiguities, and personal growth needs left behind.
Key Themes: Disappointment; uncertainty; indoctrination or blind following; powerlessness; addiction; resiliency; marriage; children
Plot: A 29-year-old Nashville woman wanders into graduate school after her promising corporate career implodes, and becomes obsessed with finding a man she met at a wine tasting while simultaneously submitting herself to the fires of intense personal growth.
Key Themes: Victim mentality; self-stewardship as heroism; ambiguity; identity (one’s job, one’s land, one’s attachments); sensory awareness; wine quality justaposed with people quality; addiction/inner darkness
Plot: A day in the life of a married, suburbanite advertising executive (and disillusioned ex-playwright), as he teeters on an affair with his married neighbor and runs into people who challenge his thinking and explode his self-awareness.
Key Themes: Narcissism; negativity; compassion; mindfulness; vocational love; marriage; children
Please give the “trilogy” a try, and let me know if you resonate with one or more of the themes found in these books. Book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, plus a post on Facebook and Instagram, earn you eternal entry into the John De Marco Gratefulness Hall of Fame as well as lifelong friendship!
In addition to my books, I’ve written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, along with Web copy, scripts and blogs.
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My latest posts
- Sustainable Happiness - Zappos founder Tony Hsieh has a cool approach toward creating a work culture of sustainable happiness. His approach examines three forms of happiness: 1. Pleasure 2. Passion, or “flow” 3. Higher purpose, or values Hsieh advises that pleasure is the rarest form of happiness, and should be acknowledged and appreciated when it occurs–but its pursuit […]
- Today - Another mass shooting in America. Dozens of futures ripped away; hundreds of survivors who will deal with the emotional and physical recovery for the rest of their lives. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of friends and family members grieving in disbelief. And millions and millions more Americans talking about it on social media, at work, at schools, […]
- Letter From a Tennessee Suburb - I am the prototypical white, privileged, straight male. I was raised in a middle class home, and though my parents were far from wealthy I was sent to college and they paid for all of it. I moved into the professional work force, and eventually earned a master’s degree that was fully funded through grants […]
- Clarifying Your Values - I’m reading the book Chasing Relevance, which is focused on ways to more fully engage the Millennial generation. There’s plenty of important takeaways in this book that I’ll probably write about another time, but the other day I was struck by a small section on clarifying one’s personal values. The author, Dan Negroni, asserts that […]
- There’s More Than One Way to Be Smart - As we progress in our careers and work with all kinds of people, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing there’s just one or two areas of strength that are the most important–and that everyone should strive to develop these in order to advance. Psychologist Howard Gardner, however, pointed out seven different “types […]