Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last Post Here...Please Check Out my Mike's Daily Page...

for all of my friends and followers at this blog, i have not been posting here of late...but you would already know that, given that this is only my second post this year...yikes, egad, my oh my...

that all said...

i have not abandoned posts and blogs and reaching out to my followers, etc...

i have over 250 posts at my daily blog...

something less formal and in lower case (as you can see)...

yet embracing all of those tenets and attitudes that i have always shared and loved here...

  • health
  • self help
  • fun
  • humor
  • music
  • how to
  • food
  • cooking
  • nutrition
  • inspiration
  • motivation
  • entertainment
  • killer recipes
  • how to eat videos
  • life
  • positive energy
  • fitness
  • exercise
  • balance
  • vegetarian 
  • all of the above and more...

bottom line...

if you dug and still dig this blog...

then continue to follow me here:

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Social Networking Blues

I confess I am not a good social networker.  Actually, for a guy with multiple websites and networks of the social kind, I rather suck at it.  And the stupid thing is that if I were any good at all, I would generate tons more traffic to my sites, et al.

The good thing for me is that I am still able to reach millions of people every year, and this is in spite of my poor social networking skills.

In short, I am a crappy:

  • Facebooker
  • Youtuber
  • Blogger
  • Website administrator
  • Tweeter
  • Stumbleuponer
  • Entrecarder
  • Emailer
  • Friender
  • Sharer
But does this make me a bad person?

I sure hope not.

I have been doing this thing called the Internet for years.  I have had lots of ups and many downs.  When I first began the social network scene I subscribed to all networks as a means to spread the good word of  I got into it so much that I produced this song and music video, way back in the day, for your listening and viewing pleasure.  Many of the networks are no longer relevant, giving you an idea of the challenge it takes to remain so in a nanosecond world where news and updates are just a finger snap away.

Please enjoy (again):

And enjoy my latest music video:

Until next time,



Sunday, December 30, 2012

C’ya 2012 – Hello 2013!

Another year is about to bite the dust.  How does that make you feel?  For me, I like to take this time of year and look back at those three hundred plus days just passed, and see if I accomplished as much of what I set out to do.  So, I guess, it makes me feel…

1)      Nostalgic
2)      Wistful
3)      Yearning
4)      Reflective
5)      Sentimental
6)      All of the above

So, Mike, how was 2012?

Like all years, it seems this one that is about to end has had its share of ups and downs.  While I attained many successful goals that I set for myself, both personal and with my work, there were other areas of my life, and my family and friend’s, which was nothing to write home about.

  • Health scares
  • Financial challenges
  • Issues with the day job
  • And the everyday battle for consistent balance 
The good news is that for most of the above I have been able to work on and correct—which, again, is what all years, and life, is about.  Good year or bad, good life or bad, one will have challenges, adversity, heartbreak, and loss.  The key, as with all of life (and, remember, years are the chapters [and days the pages] of the novel called “your life.”) is the ability to cope and deal, learn from and not repeat mistakes and missteps…and try to make the best of all situations.

So, again (ahem), Mike, how was your year?

Glad you asked.

My brand, livelife365, had its best year ever.  I had more visits and video views than any other time since its creation—almost 2 million!!  That only encourages me to keep doing what I’ve been doing, but even more so.  It also indicates to me that people dig my message and want to change their lives for the better.

I was able to finish and publish another book, song, and music video—a project that I am very proud of.


My websites and videos generated more income this year than all of the previous years combined—a good thing!  Why?  Because I am now able to expand my reach and tackle even more projects.

I enjoyed a successful book signing for this book:

And produced and uploaded more videos than ever!  With two going semi-viral:

I survived another decent year with my day job, keeping my streak of being gainfully employed well into my fourth decade.  This is nothing to take for granted in these challenging financial times and I am thankful.

On a personal note, I enjoyed my 19th year of the best relationship in my life with my lovely wife—thanks for putting up with me, baby!

I traveled, spent important and fun time with family and friends, continued collecting and reading modern first editions, played my guitar, collected (and consumed) more excellent wine from around the world, exercised just about everyday, and lost a dozen pounds (few more to go).

Leaving me to look ahead to 2013.

Goals are always important to me and this coming year will be no exception.  Here are a few:

Ø  More balance between work and non-work
Ø  Drop those last few pounds
Ø  Produce more videos…ahem, good videos
Ø  Keep spreading the livelife365 brand
Ø  More volunteer and charitable work
Ø  Have I mentioned better balance?
Ø  Travel to see my mom turn 80
Ø  Manage my finances tighter
Ø  Good health…for myself and all those I love
Ø  Keep doing all the things I enjoy…
Ø  And discover a whole lot more

That’s enough of a list for now.

Until next time…



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Eat Cactus Fruit and Live Forever

Okay, maybe not forever, but longer than if you don’t consume this delicious and nutritious fruit.

What exactly is cactus fruit?


Cactus fruit is:

a)      a member of the opuntia family
b)      tuna
c)       prickly pear
d)      nopales
e)      all of the above

If you guessed “e,” then you are correct.  Cactus fruit goes by lots of different names and can look daunting when first encountered.  But it is really quite simple to eat and the benefits far outweigh those prickly pear-like features.

Here are some excellent reasons to eat Cactus fruit:

  • Low in calories
  • Low sodium
  • Excellent source of vitamin C
  • High in fiber
  • Good source of calcium
  • An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • High in potassium
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Assists in weight loss
  • Great vegan and vegetarian food
  • Tastes great

I discovered cactus fruit while vacationing on Maui—the same island oasis where I found these other delightful tropical foods:

  • Papaya
  • Dragon fruit
  • Guava
  • Passion fruit
  • Star fruit
  • Pineapple guava

Check out your local grocery and you may be surprised to find this healthy fruits, along with many of the others I mentioned.


Okay, you may not live forever by adding all these delicious and nutritious fruits to your daily diet, but you may just live a longer, happier, healthier, and fulfilling life.

Think about it.

Until next time…



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oceanfront Condo Etiquette

I have been enjoying my island stay at the timeshare condo my wife and I are fortunate enough to have on the scenic island of Maui.  While it has been another wonderful vacation away from it all, it always is a transition, for me at least, in the ways of the condo and connected-wall-community.  I live on a few acres in a house with neighbors scattered to and fro, sometimes inflicting their will (and ridiculously barking dogs and screaming children) on my tranquility, but nothing like existing side-by-side with neighbors, literally, breathing down your neck.

So, here are my rules of condo etiquette…more to the point:

Rules of Oceanside Condo Etiquette

1. Shut up!  If for some unknown reason you think that your voice is more important and compelling and needs to be heard over the soothing and meditative roar of the ocean, you need to visit a doctor specializing in mental health.  Again, for those hard of hearing or just challenged because your nasal twang of ignorance is imbedded in their ear, SHUT UP!

2. Shut up!  If for some reason you didn’t understand the above rule, I must reiterate that you need to stop talking.  And really, really stop talking so loud as to permeate my lanai.  If you really need to express yourself with loud adjectives and inane adverbs, do so in the rear bowels of your condo, with the hope that your piercing and annoying voice still does not penetrate and violate those of us sitting and reading in hopeful quietude.

3. Again, Shut the Frig up!  Do you really think that you need to discuss your so important business on your smart phone on your lanai?  Utilizing the speaker phone?  So all of us losers can understand how important you are with a nod toward how truly tiny your miniscule penis must be?  Come on, Mister CEO, do us all a favor and shove that cell up your butt and relax and enjoy the scenery.

4. This may sound redundant, but: SHUT UP!!      Do you really need to stand on the grass and yell up three floors to your significant other discussing what he/she needs to do next on this gradually turning to hell vacation?  Really?  Or you, Mister douchbag on the top floor lanai, screaming down to your spouse what coral reefs appear best for snorkeling?  If I have not been clear before, may I just now suggest shutting the hell up?

5. And for those that are hearing impaired (not that there’s anything wrong with that), ahem, please shut up?  Your loud and obnoxious soirée beside the barbeque, with the booze and screaming and oh, so, frigging funny jokes, is meant for few others to enjoy…meaning - ONLY YOU!  No one else gives a rat’s ass about any of your banal word play or endless meandering stories…so, please, for all of us…shut the hell up!

There are other rules, most as obvious as a zit on the tip of your nose, like:

  •     Your kid is not as cute as you think it is, so try to refrain from allowing it to act like a monkey
  •     don’t smoke…anywhere!!!
  •     don’t slam your door
  •     Just because you can’t sleep, giving that your ten hour time difference is running havoc with your inner clock, do not think we all want to hear your b.s. at five a.m.
  •     Your perfume is not as alluring as you may think it is, so stop sharing it with us
  •     Put more clothes on
  •     Turn your TV off - is anything on that idiot box more interesting than what’s outside your window?  If you answer yes to the above, jump off your lanai, please.

So, while this was a tough love Foster livelife365 post, it was done with humor and satire in mind.  But also with a message to all you clueless and selfish folks out there that think your little slice of the world is more important than the rest of ours is…to you people I suggest:


And enjoying the moment, your life, and the fact that you can afford an Oceanside condo to misbehave in.

Until next time…



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

We Could Change the World…

If We Wanted To.

My most ambitious project ever is an undertaking that has been years in the making.  It started as an idea, like many of mine, it seems, that came to me while basking in the Maui sun.  A few months before my Hawaiian trip, a catchy tune found its way inside my head…this was followed by some lyrics that seemed to fit just right.  That sequence of events was the early genesis of this song.

Back to Maui…

I thought the song was good, but the lyrics were better—they meant something more than just what a song has to offer.  While on that tropical paradise, I put pen to paper and scratched out the basis for the book that was inspired by the song:



In the book (and song and video), I discuss how the ability to change as a person can effect change on a larger scale—like maybe even changing the world for the better.  That’s a major and ambitious task, for sure, but one, if approached at a grassroots, singular perspective, could have global impact.

Being a videographer, a songwriter, and enjoying sharing both endeavors with as many people as possible through my myriad websites, I wanted to create the most effective way to share this concept.  A music video was my natural choice.  On all of my songs and music videos, I have collaborated with my pal Dale Price, from Electric Canyon Studios.  He is a master at making my voice sound better than it is and turning my acoustic guitar into a rocking band.  He was also instrumental in taking hundreds of hours of video footage and turning it into the amazing result below.  Thanks, Dale!

Please enjoy:

Remember: Change Yourself – Change the World


Think about it.

Until next time…




Saturday, August 25, 2012

some facts about melons...

I recently enjoyed eating a melon I purchased at my local farmer's market, called sharlyn melon.  I loved its sweet and butterscotch taste so much I made this video:

Melons, like this one, are loaded vitamins and taste.  While they are not superfoods, they do pack a lot of nutritious punch.  My only negative I can say about them is their sugar and carb count.  I constantly watch my carb intake, so I have to enjoy this delicious food in moderation.

But that's just me.  What about you?

Some reasons we all, but especially you, should embrace this tasty fruit:

  •         low in calories
  •         no fat
  •         high in vitamin C and A
  •         great for smoothies, fruit salads, and breakfast
  •         taste awesome!

How does one tell when a melon is ripe?  Glad you asked...

And don't forget one of the most popular melons of all time...

I love the sweet taste of melons, but consume them in moderation with a nod to my low-carb diet.  They are worth it, though, for all of the above reasons.

I try to visit my local farmer's market every week.  It is there where I have discovered many of the fruits and veggies that I have shared with millions of people across the world.  One of my favorite things to do, something that makes me what I am and gives me wonderful fulfillment.

Until next time...