Author Archives: Frederick J. Goodall
The beach can strike fear in the hearts of brave men. It isn’t the threat of man-eating sharks, jellyfish, or rip currents that make them shiver. It is the thought of having to remove their shirts and reveal a winter’s worth of overindulgence.
My mother is an excellent cook. Her gumbo, chicken and dumplings, and okra and tomatoes are legendary. What’s most impressive about my mother’s cooking is that she makes delicious meals with very simple ingredients and spices.
In Texas, there are four basic food groups: beef, sausage, beans and tortillas. But while these items are great for a Texas-sized BBQ, they don’t make for a balanced diet. Whenever I’m barbecuing, I like to throw a few of my favorite vegetables on the grill.
I never understood how deeply depression could affect someone’s life until I watched my friend deal with it.
When I heard about my friend Raj’s heart attack, I was shocked. He was a lifelong vegetarian, worked out daily, and maintained a healthy weight. If someone like Raj could have a heart attack, how could I prevent the same thing from happening to me?
My daughter failed her first test in preschool–a vision test. She was so near-sighted in her left eye that she couldn’t see the big “E” on the eye chart without straining.
I’ve always prided myself on my vision. When I was younger, I used to brag about my eyesight to the point of saying that Superman wished he could see as well as I could. My hubris came back to haunt me when I reached my 30s. Suddenly, my vision had met its kryptonite.
I got my first taste of curry while traveling to London for business. One of my colleagues insisted that I join him for lunch at his favorite curry restaurant. I agreed because I’m an adventurous eater and I like to try new things.
As a college student in the 90s, I spent much time watching late-night TV. As a consequence, I witnessed the golden age of infomercials – Ginsu® knives, spray-on hair, the ThighMaster™, and psychic hotlines. But my favorite was the Jack LaLanne PowerJuicer®.
As a dad, it’s sometimes hard to handle all of my work and family priorities. On one hand, I want to work hard and make a living for my family. To accomplish this goal, I have to spend long hours in my office pounding away at my keyboard.