Thumos (also commonly spelled “thymos“; Greek: θυμός): Greek word expressing the concept of “spiritedness” (as in “spirited stallion” or “spirited debate”). The word indicates a physical association with breath or blood. “Fire in the belly”

Many of the following either a) have an inspiring story behind the creator or b) are a ‘go to’ item when I am feeling the need for a cosmic kick in the butt.

Lots of links to Amazon. Perhaps I should ask them to sponsor me. Hmmm…

Print Books

Audio Books



  • Hardcore History– Dan Carlin’s long-form history podcast
  • History On Fire– Daniele Bolelli’s podcast on world history. Never had more fun learning about Teddy Roosevelt from someone with an Italian accent.
  • Radiolab and it’s sister podcast More Perfect– Radiolab has been around for a while, but More Perfect is, at this moment, only in its second episode. I’m hooked. I had no idea the Supreme Court was so fascinating.
  • Snap Judgement– Storytelling done right.
  • The Way I Heard It– Short stories about real people, told by Mike Rowe.
  • The Tim Ferriss Show– Particular favorites of mine are the interviews with Sebastian Junger and Josh Waitzkin
  • The Art Of Manliness– I have followed the site for a few years. Liked #208 on boredom, fishing, and the meaning of life.
  • This American Life– Longform stories based on a weekly theme. The extremely popular Serial came from here.
  • The Good Dad Podcast– A great resource for dads wanting to make a difference in their relationships with their children and their spouse.


  • Tim Minchin– Anything really. But Storm, Prejudice, and White Wine In The Sun are favorite. And check out his cover of Hallelujah (I like this one best.)
  • Flobots’ Handlebars (the whole album is good, but I love this one.)
  • New Dropkick Murphys has been on heavy rotation, partly due to the birth of our son Murphy in February of 2016.
  • Pink Moon by Nick Drake
  • In the Reins by Calexico and Iron & Wine
  • Nothing Shocking by Janes Addiction
  • Come Together by Gary Clark Jr. Yes, it is from a soundtrack, but it helps me crank out the pull ups for sure!