Battling Obesity with Hypnotherapy: Interview with Kerrilee Pietroski M. Ed., C.H


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According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and as of 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were approximately $147 billion. Millions of Americans struggle to keep themselves in shape and find solutions that will work to stay in shape over a long period of time. Most weight loss efforts include ineffective diets or methods whose results last only temporarily.

America is not obese because of a lack of trying to get in shape, as the diet industry brings in about $35 billion in revenue each year from diet drugs, weight-loss surgeries, and dieting books in the US alone according to CBS News. The number of people on diets is around 108 million, and of those who are dieting, each person typically makes four to five attempts per year. It is clear that we are battling obesity, but currently losing that battle.

One effort that is gaining momentum in the battle against obesity is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a treatment that is used to treat many things including obesity, and may be one of the more effective methods according to research. Kerrilee Pietroski M. Ed.,C.H. is a certified hypnotherapist and owner of Catalyst Hypnosis Center. I interviewed Kerrilee about hypnotherapy, how it can assist with weight loss, Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis, and more.

What is Hypnosis

According to Catalyst Hypnosis Center, Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness characterized by extreme relaxation, heightened imagination, and increased concentration and suggestibility. In this state, you are awake but you are relaxed to the point that you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought. While hypnotized, the critical factor of the conscious mind is bypassed, enabling the subconscious mind to more readily receive and accept new suggestions, beliefs and ideas.

Michael Luchies: In regards to weight loss, is hypnotherapy similar to a diet?

Kerrilee Pietroski: Hypnotherapy for weight loss is very different than going on a diet. Diets restrict certain foods and dictates how you should eat. If you chose to utilize a diet, hypnosis can help you follow your diet, making the changes easier and increasing your motivation for eating healthier food. The suggestions will be based on the changes the individual wants to make in order to reach their weight loss goals.

ML: You specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis, what is it and how does it work?

KP: Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis is an all-encompassing program that utilizes cognitive behavioral training, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnosis. While in hypnosis, the client is lead through a “virtual surgical procedure” that convinces their subconscious mind that they have had gastric lap band surgery – thereby believing that their stomach is smaller and they become fuller off of smaller portions of food. In addition to the virtual “insertion” of a gastric lap band, the program involves learning new eating habits, understanding how to make better food choices (while not leaving the client feeling deprived) and helping them learn how to live the rest of their life with a healthier relationship with food.

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Listen To Your Customer! Interview with HARO Founder Peter Shankman

Read Michael Luchies Interview with HARO Founder Peter Shankman on Under30CEO

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Interview Highlights

– Most important marketing efforts to focus on as a startup – learn as much as possible about your company and audience and the best way to give them information. “Listen, they will tell you, but you have to listen.”

– E-Mail marketing mistakes that startups and young entrepreneurs often make – sending and posting things before knowing what customers actually want.

– “You’ll be told no a lot, get used to it.”

– “You can’t make something viral, focus on making something good and it will go viral by default”

– Best piece of advice for young entrepreneurs – “If you’re not having fun, stop doing it.” “I’ve seen so many startups fail because they are not doing it for the right reasons.”

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Blogging for Fitness: Interview with Julia Buckley

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Entering the term ‘fitness blogs’ on Google returns around 559 million results. Fitness- and health-related topics are some of the most searched and blogged-about subjects on the internet today. From the newest diet pill to marathons, there is an endless stream of information and resources on health-related items.

Though I have tried diet pills, products that promise a six-pack, fasting, juicing, and many other dieting options, the only real results that I have been able to achieve and keep have been from training and exercise. Marketers and drug companies have done a fantastic job convincing people that a supplement or drug can get you in shape, but exercise and physical training is time tested and a fixture in any routine that leads to a healthy and fit lifestyle. When looking for fitness information, I now look for natural and exercise based fitness programs and trainers instead of the newest and latest diet craze.

Julia Buckley is a fitness trainer, author, journalist, and blogger, based out of the United Kingdom. Julia blogs about her own fitness endeavors as well as tips, advice, and specific training programs for her readers. I interviewed Julia about her history with fitness, what she is currently working on and more.

Michael Luchies: How did you first come to be passionate about fitness?

Julia Buckley: Although I was an active child, at school I hated Physical Education class. When I was 16 I tried a Jane Fonda exercise video (very trendy at the time!) and loved it! I bought various other videos after that and later joined a gym. I never thought of it as a career, but as the years passed, the more I learned about the amazing difference it can make to so many areas of people’s lives, the more passionate about fitness I became. My background is in journalism and I began researching and writing more and more about fitness as my passion for the subject grew. Editors started to consider me a specialist in the subject and I eventually decided to become a trainer and fully dedicate myself to helping people achieve their fitness goals.

ML: You currently provide updates on what you’re working on, fitness tips, and more at Why did you start a blog and how have you been able to build a following?

JB: I had hoped to create one of Britain’s favourite fitness blogs when I started my blog last year and I’m so pleased that it’s becoming a reality. I wanted to create a friendly place where even total beginners could come for down-to-earth fitness advice and where I could talk openly and publish quickly. I love the independence blogging gives me and I’m finding myself increasingly drawn towards spending more time on the blog where I am free and can use my own “voice” to candidly share my thoughts and opinions in a way that can be tricky when writing for magazines and websites.

I have quite a loyal band of followers from sharing my work on Twitter, probably because I dispense a lot of free advice, but I hope the main reason people spread the word about my posts is simply because they like them. I’m finding I get an increasing amount of traffic from Pinterest too.

ML: There are a lot of ‘fitness experts’ and people that claim to know the right way to get in shape and stay in shape. Why should people read your blog and follow your fitness plan?

JB: People are becoming increasingly skeptical about ‘fitness experts’ and I don’t blame them – there’s a lot of nonsense being spouted out there, especially online! I take a very down-to-earth approach and people seem to appreciate that. All the Before and After photos you’ll see on my blog are taken by real people in their own homes, with no special lighting, professional make up, or anything like that. I don’t oversell my fitness program or make outlandish claims about it. It’s tough and requires commitment. Although it could be modified to suit most people, it’s not for everyone. But for people who are up for the challenge it offers fantastic results. Most of the people who have completed my program are on Twitter and everyone can see me interacting with them regularly on there. I think that has been important, as people like seeing that I’m working with real people, helping and supporting them through challenges they can relate to, and the results they’ve achieved are very inspiring.

ML: You have an upcoming book titled “The Fat Burn Revolution.” How will this book separate itself from other weight loss and fitness books currently available?

JB: The reason I have the word ‘Revolution’ in the title is because the approach is different to the way most people train for fat loss. Although men have enjoyed the same brilliant results from following the program the book outlines and are very welcome to follow it too, the book is mainly aimed at women. A lot of women try to shed fat by doing endless hours of cardio workouts and, although it is possible to get leaner that way, it’s not the best way to exercise when fat loss is the primary goal. In my program the workouts are short, but very intense. It includes weights sessions, high intensity interval training, plyometrics (jump training) and core work. Women are often worried that they’ll get too bulky or simply won’t be able to do this type of training; I address these concerns and explain why this type of training is going to help shed fat and re-sculpt their bodies. I know from experience that my program frees women from being dependent on classes or diets and empowers them to take control of their own training and diets and therefore their bodies – that’s where the “revolution” happens.

ML: Sounds great. The ‘Revolution’ that you feel is needed has to be because people are not properly addressing their health and fitness, what is the most common mistake that people make when wanting to get in shape?

JB: Too much steady cardio, as described above. You have to push outside of your comfort zone if you want to change your body. Working out at a comfortable pace feels comfortable because your body finds it easy – and if your body finds it easy it doesn’t need to change anything to be able to do it. Challenge your body with intense workouts, supported with good nutrition and it will respond and adapt. That’s when you start getting results.

ML: You have developed an online 12 week fitness program. Tell us a little bit about the program and why it works.

JB: I originally started it as a pilot test so I could test and refine the program I outline in The Fat Burn Revolution. The results the participants in the pilot program got were even better than even I expected and I was overwhelmed with emails from people wanting the same kind of online training from me. The online program offers a different experience than reading the book because participants have regular contact with me, which means I can give them personalized advice and alter the exercise somewhat to suit their needs. There’s a (private) Facebook group where my clients interact and support one another – with people who are repeating the program offering advice to new folks. They also keep progress journals which I check regularly, so there’s that sense of “accountability” to keep them on track too. However, Fat Burn Revolution readers will be able to follow the same fitness program by reading the book, and obviously, it will be more accessible option for those not able to invest in personal coaching.

ML: I applaud you for focusing more on overall fitness than tracking weight loss. Why are we so obsessed with a specific amount of weight we want to lose instead of getting in great shape?

JB: Body weight is irrelevant to most people’s goals. This is a subject I discuss with clients almost every day. When people come to me, what they usually really want is to lose fat, change their shape and get fitter, but most of them using weight as a way to gauge the condition of their bodies. Muscle is heavier than fat. Or, to put it another way, pound for pound muscle is smaller than fat. So, it is very possible to get leaner, slimmer, firmer and fitter without losing any weight, or even whilst gaining weight. Unfortunately, after a lifetime of “weight watching” it’s hard for people to get their heads around it, but it just requires a bit of re-education. We get there!

ML: As a blogger and fitness expert, you must face some criticism and opposition. How do you handle criticism and people who may not believe in your programs or advice?

JB: So far I haven’t actually received a great deal of criticism. Or maybe I just feel like that because if someone has a different opinion to mine, I don’t take it as a personal criticism, so perhaps it’s more that I don’t perceive differing ideas as opposition.

I don’t pretend to know everything or have all the answers. Through my work as a fitness writer I am fortunate to have regular contact with many of the world’s top sports scientists, nutritionists and brands. This enables me to take an objective overview of what’s going on in the fitness industry. I simply focus on what will work for real people with jobs, families and “real lives”, who aren’t celebrities or athletes, and I pass on advice based on that. If someone wants to do something differently to what I recommend I don’t have a problem with that at all. Different principles work best for different people and if someone has found something that works for them and gives them the results they want I wouldn’t tell them to change.

If someone said they didn’t believe in my program it wouldn’t bother me. I’ve seen the difference it has made to too many people for something like that to upset me. I don’t want to sound boastful, but my program has transformed many people’s bodies and lives and I’m very proud of that. Every single person who has completed it enjoyed fantastic reductions in excess body fat, huge increases in fitness levels, and embedded healthy habits to keep them on track in the long term. It’s so rewarding, I’ve been in tears many times reading their “thank you” messages.

ML: How can more people find out about you and your work?

JB: I post my latest news and advice on my fitness blog and am always hanging out on twitter: @Julia_B. Or there’s more background on info on me and my work at

My book, The Fat Burn Revolution will be available from January 2014.

It’s Not Made in China: Movement Towards Domestically Made Products

Does it seem like everything you buy is made in China? Although sources try to minimalize our reliance on foreign and Chinese made goods by stating that only 3% of what you buy is made in China, after housing, food, insurance, car payments, debt payments, and other necessary monthly expenses are paid for, most Americans rarely have 3% of what they earn left. Even if you were to save 15% of your income after the above mentioned expenses, that would equate to 20% of what you buy with that remaining amount coming from China.

Considering America has an economy that is $15 trillion annually, 3% amounts to a hefty $450 billion! If what Americans bought from China was a country, it would be the world’s 31st largest economy and would bring in more than the entire economies of the Philippines, Belgium, Venezuela, Sweden, Hong Kong, Ireland, and over 100 others.

Due to the large amount of products sold in America from China, many consumers are actively seeking out products not produced there, and especially those produced domestically. This movement is known by several names including the ‘Buy American’ movement.

Proudly Not Made In China ( is a Los Angeles based organization that is committed to assisting American consumers find products that were not manufactured in China. Shoppers can also find a variety of locally manufactured goods in a wide variety of categories. The site launched their BETA version this past April.

The products listed on PNMIC are submitted by users. Users can easily upload products to the site that are not made in China for free. The emergence of new businesses and organizations like PNMIC is a clear sign that the movement will continue to grow and pick up momentum.

What’s So Bad About China?

The movement is not meant as a protest against China, but support for the American economy and for health and safety concerns. Work conditions in many foreign countries are not regulated and inspected up to the level of most American manufacturers. The emission standards of China are starting to change, but the current level of emissions is dangerously high and harming their citizens and the environment.

What Will the Movement Accomplish?

The movement to buy more American made products won’t put China out of business, but it will help support American manufacturing and possibly bring back some of the companies and production that used to exist years before companies started to outsource their operations overseas. Do the American economy a favor and buy domestically when possible.


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The Fight for Sustainability, Ideas for a Better Future

Interview with Sustainable Ideas Network’s Morris Bocian

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Ever since the first “Earth Day” in 1970, greater attention has been given to a movement to create a safer, cleaner planet. The Day helped bring recognition to the state of the planet and the need to protect and preserve the health of the people and the environment. From eating healthy to avoiding household chemicals that may be unhealthy for humans and the environment, we’re all aware of the strong trend towards being responsible members of society and taking care of the land, air, water, and food that is available to us.

According to North Carolina State University, “The concept of sustainability centers on a balance of society, economy and environment for current and future health.” When it comes to sustainability, every living creature is a stakeholder – making this an important topic and something that everyone should be a part of improving on a day-to-day basis. Many of these issues are hot topics in the news, especially when it comes to the government’s involvement in them. Whether government bodies are promoting sustainability or neglecting it for political gains is your decision to make, but there are plenty of resources, organizations, and inspiring people that are dedicated to making the planet better for the future.

Entrepreneur Morris Bocian created the Sustainable Ideas Network after conducting significant research for teaching the subject of sustainability to graduate students. Morris is passionate about many sectors and industries within the subject including issues involving food, water, government policies, education, and other related areas. Through his consulting practiceinvestments and entrepreneurial endeavors, he advises small and mid-sized green businesses how to commercialize environmentally friendly solutions in areas such as energy, energy efficiency, and turning costs into profit. One example of this strategy is the commercialization of waste to energy. Morris has authored a book about “Renewable Energy” and “Creating a Green Home.” He serves on the New York State Task Force on Sustainable Education and is sharing an important message with the world.

I interviewed Morris Bocian about the Sustainable Ideas Network, how he became interested in the topic, why there is a trend towards becoming sustainable, and how people can contribute and get involved.

General Business Information

Founders: Morris Bocian

Business Name: Sustainable Ideas Network

Date Founded: May 2013

General Business Description: The Sustainable Ideas Network is focused on developing a community of caring people, spreading information about sustainability issues.


Michael Luchies: Have you always been interested in sustainability?

Morris Bocian: Not at all! In 2010 I taught entrepreneurship classes at both NYU and Baruch College(City University of New York). The Chair of the department asked me to teach a required class in sustainability to the Baruch College graduate students. By that time my business, which had a concentration in real estate and technology was being repositioned for growth – towards sustainability – consulting with companies that have economically justifiable sustainable products.

Let’s just say preparation for and teaching the sustainability class was life changing for me. Many of the students in the class felt it was life changing for them. Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs drive societal changes. These are disruptive changes that many larger organizations reject to protect their turf at all costs!

ML: Why did you create, and what are you goals with the Sustainable Ideas Network?

MB: The site was created to get the word out, get people involved – proactive – getting us more educated – so we can change society – for ourselves and future generations.

The goal is to become a source of credible information for people who are interested in sustainability, our planet, our future, us, our children, grandchildren etc. Unfortunately, too many people feel powerless. People do not understand that we write our own future by our actions and inactions. Our failure to change may cause catastrophic implications within our lives and our children’s lives. Wars will be fought, lives lost as resources become scarcer.

The trailblazers (the explorers or pioneers) and entrepreneurs that made it into the history books understood – it’s about allocation of resources. If we do not allocate resources we cannot achieve our goals and objectives. My goal is to create a platform so that we can start and have serious dialogues about our future, come up with some solutions, get the word out and create societal change.

Sustainability means different things to different people, for me, it is less about corporate social responsibly than it is about:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Air
  • Toxins in our products
  • Health
  • Education
  • Human Influence on Climate Change
  • Government Policies
  • Biodiversity

ML: Who was the Sustainable Ideas Network created for?

MB: My hope is that the Network will start with college students (18 -35) both on the undergraduate and graduate level. That is the generation that knows, understands how to use social media, and is in the best position to effectuate change. College students tend to be early adaptors of technologies. Hopefully, through the efforts of the Network’s participants, we build a community that is relevant and its relevancy spreads to students in high school, their parents, grandparents etc. Hopefully people who used the Network and graduated college will continue to use this network as will community leaders and others.

ML: Through my work with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, I have noticed a growing trend within the Millennial Generation to create socially responsible businesses and nonprofits that are focused on sustainability. Why do you think this new concentration on sustainability has sparked, and what do you see this trend leading to?

MB: That’s a great question. I think that as we mature, as we question and continue to drill down, we do not like the answers we are getting, or the direction we are heading. I think this is the perfect age to do things differently and more idealistically. It is before that generation has too many battle scares so they do not know what can’t be done – and it’s usually that generation that proves it can be done. When baby boomers were 18- 25, they protested and helped stop the war in Vietnam. When Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, and Larry Page tried to change the world, they were in college, college aged or had recently left college. In a knowledge based economy this is “prime time.” In college/university the focus and culture should be about learning. Whereas, older people (40+) are further away from that learning culture – further away from new and emerging technologies. When you are young, everything seems possible – and most of us want to leave our mark to show we existed. Social entrepreneurship or working for a not for profit is a good way to go if you are looking for job satisfaction. And let’s face it, who doesn’t want to get paid for enjoying what they love doing – such as helping people or society.

ML: There are many people incorporating healthy habits for themselves and for the environment in their daily routines, but how much of a difference can one person make? What percentage of the population would need to start working towards to sustainability to make a significant difference?

MB: Every revolution stated with 1 person! Every major movement started with 1 person that had a vision, sense of purpose, perseverance, and could communicate effectively. I remember a story about a student who was 12 and was working on a class project about illegal human trafficking. The number of people that are, in essence, indentured servants are staggering. He created a message, a voice and tried to make a difference. Several years later, that boy had already spoken to Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings of Counties in his effort to make a difference. One person can change the world. We all have a voice – let’s make ours count! And there are countless stories like this.

ML: What are several trends that must change for us to create and maintain sustainability?

MB: Fortunately, little things can make big differences and there is a compounding effect. As individuals, we need to become more involved, less accepting. We should be demanding greater accountability and not say – “it’s close enough for government related work.” We need to demand accountability from government and industry. If you do not like a company’s policy, make your voice heard, whether it is with your wallet or by getting people to send letters to the company’s CEO. Companies will get the message loud and clear when sales decrease. Granted it will require sacrifices and/or behavior modification on our part, but if we aren’t prepared to make a commitment to changing our future, we are writing a future of more of the same. We need to look within ourselves, understand how each of us can change for the better, consume less, and live healthier lifestyles and how we can lead our family, by example, starting with perpetually trying to improve ourselves and by having values and principals people look up to.

ML: How can people be an active part of this movement?

MB: Visit and click on the tab “get proactive.” We would like to hear what people are doing in their neighborhood, region, through their schools, clubs etc. so others can emulate it. I am not a believer in re-inventing the wheel – I want to hear you, what is working, what isn’t working (let’s share our information – shorten the learning curve). There will be a section for reducing greenhouse gases – such as plant a tree – Some of those options might include planting trees that provide income or sustenance to people in need outside of the United States. Let’s create a sustainable planet!


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MeconoMorph; Interview with Viktor Genel

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A significant part of my job working with the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) includes interacting and working with talented young entrepreneurs. It’s inspiring to see the businesses and inventions that these young entrepreneurs are working on.

Although I have years of experience with startups and working on my own endeavors, there are times when I come in contact with something so unique and different that I can’t comprehend what they are trying to do and what drives them to do it. I recently came into contact with a concept of this nature – MeconoMorph.

MeconoMorph is described as “The Morph of Mecons boils Art, Math and Business together in a concept of morphing and flowing geometry.” I like to boil it down to an innovative, creative, and specific way of folding business cards to create a piece of art, which can be stacked with others to create a larger structure.

MeconoMorph was created by Viktor Genel. Viktor, as you will witness in this interview, is an interesting and extremely innovative individual with more talent and intelligence than I can understand. I interviewed Viktor about his business and movement MeconoMorph, his background as an artist and inventor, and what lies for him in the future. You can view Viktor’s extensive work through

Michael Luchies: How would you explain a Mecon to someone who doesn’t understand the mathematical principles behind the structure?

Viktor Genel: Mecon is a term that was invented by Richard Buckminster Fuller. It’s not widely used, nevertheless it sounds intriguing and interesting enough to name a geometric object whose correct term is a truncated octahedron.

Cubes are shapes well-known for making ideal 3D structures because they closely pack space.
Other than cubes, there is only one shape out of all of Plato’s and Archimedean solids capable of closely packing space – Mecon.

Besides being an Archimedean solid, it’s also a perfect and the simplest fullerene, if built as a wireframe. It distributes the loading stress very efficiently thus allowing to create the MeconoMorph.

ML: What is the history of your fascination with Mecons?

VG: Since my early childhood I have been amazed by tessellations – periodic parquets filling a plane with no cracks. There are many of them using very different polygons in many different arrangements. I used to play with pieces of bread, crackers, cheese and such, exploring all of the possibilities. Somehow I was specifically interested in limiting the shapes to one, like triangles or squares.

Unlike cubes with their boring repetitive squares, Mecons have different faces – hexagons in addition to squares. They can build many types of periodic spatial structures like honeycombs, pyramids, cubes and many intermediate shapes and forms. Just by themselves with no additional objects needed. Mecons are universal bricks. They have been used in Art, Architecture, even in space exploration as one the most convenient and efficient construction. Some of the applications can be found here on my board.

ML: What structures have you created so far and what feedback have you received from your work?

VG: If you mean structures related to MeconoMorph – it’s MeconoMorph itself in many different incarnations. Feedback is mostly awe, which is very dear to me and I am very appreciative. I can clearly see when people feel it and that gives me the highest feeling of fulfillment.

ML: Have you always been artistic, or is the creation of MeconoMorph more from the practice of mathematics? What other artistic based projects have you worked on in the past?

VG: Well, I have an artistic education background in addition to a regular engineering diploma.
My most interesting activity has been implementing my skills and knowledge in a field of three dimensional puzzles. After years of inventing puzzles I realized that I am not that interested in puzzling people comparing to leading them to discoveries of universal laws. The puzzles are mainly Geometry machines, and the less artificiality I added to them the better they’d come out. In general I am very interested in achieving impossible objectives. One of such projects is my gallery of non-round rollers.

I make jewelry. Well, this is the most obnoxious overstatement. I made one piece of jewelry, which is of course – an impossible object. My wife loves it, and you know what – it turned to be my best selling object ever.

I also enjoy photography and writing fiction, as you probably guessed, in Russian. I won a contest in 2000 and I was published in some paper publications.

ML: What is your ultimate goal with MMorph?

VG: I’ve been asked this question many times and every time I choke. The question is mostly meant as this – what can you ultimately get out of this, moneywise, fame, popularity. Or it can mean – what is the final shape and/or size.
I believe the most accurate answer to these questions is awe. Awe is what I feel myself building this endless structure. When it manages to cause a Wow reaction – I consider the goal being achieved.
There are many intermediate goals – like building a certain shape, getting to a set height. To beat the world record I need only six feet.

The ultimate goal could be creating a perpetually working system taking business cards from the outside world and transforming it into its body. Some of the older Mecons can get destroyed (or maybe some of them can spawn a different MMORPH – who knows), they will be replaced and the whole structure will continue growing as a living system.


Viktor Genel is a creator and innovator like I have never seen before. From puzzles to jewelry to Mecons, his creations continue to captivate people and astonish art lovers as well.

Although the concept may seem complex, one look at a Mecon constructed out of business cards is sure to draw the awe of even the most skeptical viewer.


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Most Under-Celebrated Real Old West Gunslinger

Why Frank Eaton Deserves More Respect

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The brutal outlaws and killers from the Old West era are celebrated as a significant piece of American history. When we think of the Old West, we think of gun slinging outlaws. The names that come to mind are Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy. A name that you don’t usually find on that list, but one that should be mentioned with the significant men of that era is Frank Eaton.

Frank Eaton is better known as Pistol Pete. Eaton lived to be 97 years old and became much more than an Old West lawman and gunslinger. Aside from being a famous gunslinger, Eaton was an author, cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, and a Deputy U.S. Marshal.

Frank endured something that could turn most good men evil. He witnessed his own father’s murder at the hands of 6 outlaws. As Frank sought out his revenge on his father’s killers, he became a Deputy U.S. Marshal at the age of only 17. By the age of 21 he had gunned down all 6 of the outlaws that were a part of his father’s untimely death.

In the Old West Lawman’s Forgotten Memoir, Frank’s life and story is presented in great detail. The memoirs state that Eaton had a right crossed eye, which is why he chose to learn how to shoot from the hip. The memoirs also cover the full story of how he tracked down his father’s killers. Eaton was given the nickname Pistol Pete at the age of 15 by a family friend for his ability to shoot the head off of a snake with either hand.

There are a lot of interesting stories and people from the Old West, but none quite as interesting and overlooked as Frank Eaton. Although he may not have a name made famous by Hollywood, Pistol Pete deserves respect.

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Real Old West Vs. Hollywood: The Portrayal of Pistol Pete

Is True Grit Based on Frank Eaton?

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Hollywood doesn’t give much thought to being politically correct. Many famous phrases, scenes, movies, and storylines have been ‘borrowed’ from real life occurrences and portrayed incorrectly on screen, in books and through the media. Some of the most ‘borrowed’ storylines come from real stories and tall tales from the old west, while real stories from the Old West are ‘borrowed’ to use in Hollywood movies and television shows.

From sci-fi to the Wild West, there aren’t many films that I fail to find something interesting about in each of them. Through my love of films, I look for similarities between movies and history, as well as inaccuracies.

The Old West, also known as the Wild West is one of the most portrayed eras in American history through Hollywood movies. Frank Eaton, aka Pistol Pete has been overlooked and unappreciated despite his incredible story and impact on history. One of the most successful western movies of the past decade was True Grit, which seems to resemble more than just an imaginative fictional story.

True Grit (1969)

The 2010 remake of the1969 Western film True Grit was a huge success in the box office and during award season. The story is about a tough young girl who vows to find her dead father’s murderers and bring them to justice.

The 1969 movie True Grit features famous Hollywood cowboy John Wayne, who plays a drunken U.S. Marshall. In a famous line that is followed by a gunfight on horseback, Wayne says to an opposing cowboy “Fill your hand you son-of-a-bitch!”

In the movie, the young Mattie Ross gets revenge for her father’s murder by gunning down the suspected killer Tom Chaney.

Frank Eaton

The film True Grit is eerily similar to the true life story of Frank Eaton.

The Old West Lawman’s Forgotten Memoir, a memoir based on the life of Frank Eaton details his life as a lawman and specifically the hunt for his father’s murderers. Eaton’s father was killed in front of him as a child. Similar to the heroine in True Grit, Eaton was much tougher than most at his age and dedicated himself to revenging his father’s death and to bring the killers to justice.

At the age of fifteen, Eaton started training and soon impressed others with his strong shooting skills, earning the nickname Pistol Pete. After tracking down five of the killers over several years, the hunt for the final of his father’s killers, Wyley Campsey began. Eaton, now 21, tracked Campsey to a bar where he was a bartender and finished avenging his father’s death by killing Campsey in a shootout.

If you think that the storyline may be a coincidence, think again. Eaton, according to the Old West Lawman’s Forgotten Memoir, told Campsey “Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!” Could the line in the movie be a tribute to Eaton, or just a coincidence?

Whether True Grit is an adapted version of a fascinating portion of Frank Eaton’s life is up to you, but the similarities and use of a Frank Eaton quote seem to imply that there is a true Pistol Pete aspect of True Grit.


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Coaching a Summer League Sports Team; My Experience and Advice

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Successes, Failures, and Changes I Will Make in the Future

Coaching is a rewarding experience. The fear that I initially had coaching a high school church based summer basketball team quickly turned into fun and continued into a fulfilling season. In this article I will go through my successes, failures, and changes I would suggest if I were able to go back in time to my first season as a coach.

The team I was placed with was very talented, but undisciplined. In the previous season they led the league in ejections and technical fouls. For those of you who don’t know, even church league basketball can get pretty competitive and intense at the high school level. Half of the team was from the same school and played other sports together, the other half were from different schools and did not get along with the other group.

It was safe to say I was in over my head, and that was just with the personalities on the team.

I had no coaching experience, but had played sports my entire life and had a passion for sports and especially basketball. I will share my story and advice with others to help make their coaching experience more successful and enjoyable than mine, although I have no regrets and considered it an amazing and rewarding experience.


– Technical Fouls: We went from being the team with the most technical fouls in the entire league to having no fouls until the championship game, when the team completely fell apart and we received four technical fouls and an objection. We had a total of three coaches with different experience and backgrounds and we were young enough to relate to the players. Being able to relate to the players and trying to form bonds with them during practices helped keep them aware of their actions during the games.

– Performance: I correctly refuse to take any credit for their performance. I didn’t know what I was doing and probably did practically nothing outside of trying to work with them and keeping things fun. They were all talented athletes, we just figured out the right way to use them during games to win. We lost in the title game, but that was much more than I could have hoped for.

– Staff: As soon as I accepted the volunteer position of head coach of the top team at my church, I recruited my older brother and one of our mutual friends who had experience coaching high school students in a different sport. Having three of us helped control the team and helped me not look like an idiot as I had two more experienced athletes next to me who did the bulk of the work when it came to drawing up plays and running drills. Having reliable people to work with you in a coaching position is vital.


– Organization: I have suffered from poor organization and over scheduling myself in the past, and this was the case in my volunteer coaching career as well. I was ill-prepared for the amount of documents to keep track of, dues needing to be paid, the team’s upcoming schedule, and other important aspects and the time it takes to manage a team.

– Knowledge: I knew from the start that my lack of basketball acumen was a weakness, but I was unable to get beyond the learning curve to properly coach a team in just one season. I did some basic research and reading, but not nearly enough to know what I was doing at a reasonable level.

– Team Unity: The biggest weakness of the team was not being accepting of all of the team members. The clique of the students from the same school presented a big obstacle, and although we tried several things, we were unable to get everyone on the same page.

Changes I Would Have Made

– Arrange My Game: I needed help with many aspects of coaching and managing a team. Arrange My Game is an application that allows for team management including keeping track of player contact information, finding available venues, managing social media pages, and it can keep track of all of the team costs. Having something like this would have helped with keeping track of details and contacting the players without having to call each separately. The app is available for Android andiPhone devices, and I will definitely use it in the future.

– Recruit a Team Manager: If you are not an organized person, get someone to help keep track of statistics, manage contact information, and handle all of the team management details.

– Arrange Outside Activities for the Team: The team was full of high school students that were busy in their own worlds’, so who knows if they would have agreed to participate in activities outside of practice, but more should have been to try and get the players to work together as a team. Finding simple team building activities to work into practices would go a long way to build team morale.


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