Expiration Date

Life is resilient but comes with an expiration date. We enter this world supple and flexible, but leave it dried-up and stiff. If you’ve ever witnessed the birth of a child, as I have, then you know about flexibility. As we move through the stages of life, we tend to become rigid in body, thought, and spirit. If we aren’t careful, aspects of our lives become fossilized. This growing rigidity can move our expiration dates up. Of course, none of us want that.

Louisville was founded along the Ohio River at a series of rapids because the white water presented a navigational hazard for early explorers heading west. The Army Corps of Engineers later constructed a dam and locks to improve navigation on the river.

The Falls of the Ohio State Park was created to preserve a 390-million-year-old Devonian fossil bed. On a recent visit to the park, I was amazed by the fossil detail, but wondered what they really tell us about the lives those creatures lived. There are remnants of dinosaurs among us, and some are as common as a sparrow. As interesting as fossils may be, I prefer to observe life rather than an image impressed in stone.

The older I get, the more fascinating birds become. They remind me to remain light as the air I breathe and to adjust as necessary in mid-flight. I choose supple…flexible. I choose an open-mind. I choose life rather than death.

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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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