How to Cook the Perfect Diner Burger

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s both a science and an art … Ah, the diner hamburger — an American gustatory icon. As a fry cook in the early 1980s I grilled thousands of them, every one made to order. Never got tired of them either. If you’ve tried whipping up diner-style burgers at home, but you never seem to quite nail […]

The Real Story Behind the “Seuss Six” Wars

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Seuss Enterprises is neither a white knight nor a coward … On March 2nd, 2021, a mob of leather-skirted feminists, BLM Marxists, Antifa thugs, Venezuelan asylum-seekers, and betweeded professors of multi-cultural literature funded by George Soros stormed the Seuss Enterprise Building at 123 Mulberry Street in La Jolla, CA, holding the board of directors at […]

How Archie Bunker’s Daddy-Issues Explain “Cancel” Outrage (Seriously)

By Paul Thomas Zenki

On post-modernism, Mr. Potato Head, and All in the Family … In the early months of 2021, Americans of a certain age had our childhoods canceled. In late February, Hasbro rebranded its “Mr. Potato Head” line of toys as “Potato Head”. Although the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head figures hadn’t been changed or renamed at […]

How Food Banks Can Boost Year-Round Donations

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Three-step system to increase off-holiday food supplies … In the summer of 1972, researchers from the Department of Psychology at New York University stole radios right in front of people on a beach. And by changing just one thing they did, they drastically raised the percent of observers who tried to stop them —  from 20% […]

Why Suicidal People Don’t Ask for Help

By Paul Thomas Zenki

It’s not because they don’t want it… “Why didn’t he ask for help first? If we had only known, we would have done anything. Anything!” Nobody wants to be the one to say those words. And when we say them, we mean them. We mean them with all our heart and all our soul. But […]

Going Zenetarian: The More Mindful Alternative to Vegetarianism

By Paul Thomas Zenki

Telling yourself “Don’t ever do that” isn’t mindfulness… Did you know, the Buddha wasn’t a vegetarian? Well, it’s true. The early Buddhists, including Siddhartha Gautama himself, were mendicants, eating whatever people gave them. In fact, one of the few biographical details credited by most historians about the Buddha is that he died at age 80 […]

Breaking: Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Actually Chuck Norris

By Paul Thomas Zenki

But that’s OK —  it’s all part of the plan … There’s lots of folks saying US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia is crazy. After all, she claims to believe that 9/11 and Sandy Hook were faked, Trump won the 2020 election, and the Rothschilds used earth-orbiting lasers to spark the California wildfires. What these people […]

What to Expect When You Meditate

By Paul Thomas Zenki

The purpose, pleasures, and pitfalls of sitting… The first thing to know is that meditation is training. Gentle training, but still training. So while it won’t change who you are, it will change you. (It’s tempting to go into it wanting the opposite.) I started sitting in the early 1990s with a martial arts group, […]

Why the Most Productive People Insist on Unproductive Time

By Paul Thomas Zenki

How quieting the brain sharpens your mind … A while back, Fast Company ran an article featuring the “secrets of the most productive people”, a productivity how-to from 11 big hitters spanning industry, politics, media, tech, design, and entertainment, headlined by Oprah Winfrey. (Spoiler, if you don’t already have a kick-ass personal assistant, you’ll want […]

Why Last Impressions Matter More Than First Ones

By Paul Thomas Zenki

2 key points determine what others remember … Whatever interaction you’re in, 2 points will largely decide how the other person feels about it later — and neither one is the first impression. You’re eating a bunch of grapes and there’s one bad one. Which grape do you hope it’s not? Obviously, the last one. It’s better […]