Dandelion Fields

The home improvement store had a bewildering number of herbicides, all promising to rid my lawn of noxious weeds. I wanted something safe, but effective, to get rid the dandelion invasion taking over my front lawn.

“What are we killing today?” asked the sales clerk.

I was shocked by his question. I’m not a killer. While he was making his sales pitch, I was struggling with an existential crisis. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was on a killing mission that felt wrong to me. Did I really need or want a lawn devoid of all life except for Kentucky Bluegrass? The answer was no and I walked out of the store empty-handed.

Today, I use dandelion leaves in my salads and make tea from its roots. Herbalists say it provides liver support and many other health benefits. Some call it a great spring tonic. I’ve made peace with dandelion and no longer believe it is a noxious weed.

Peace out,


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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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