Charlois Philosophy

We at believe the surest way to an abundant life is through continual self-improvement.  It is our desire that this website serves as a resource on your quest to become the best version of who you were created to be.  Thank you for joining us.

It is our desire that this site, and the philosophy it represents, only serve to improve the quality of life for those that interact with it.  Surf, ponder, and enjoy your journey while you are with us.


Yancy N. Adamson Jr.

Greetings, I am the founder of
As a way of introduction, I would like to provide a little background information about myself.

First of all, while visiting us you will notice the use of plural designations: us, we, authors, etc.  The reason for this is that I am a compilation of many personas.  Over the years I have interacted with many personalities, both living and deceased, each leaving an imprint on who I am today.  In an attempt to keep things simple, I will refer to myself in four ways: Yancy N. Adamson Jr., Robert A. Charlois III, Pastor Yancy, and, the Authors.  Let us take each in turn.

Yancy N. Adamson Jr. is the name given to me at birth.  Named after my father, who was named so as to be different, I to have an unusual name.  The N. as my middle name stands for Normal, a family distinction.  I was born on June 11th, 1957 in a little town called Urbana, Ohio.  We didn't stay there, or anywhere, for long.  We seemed to be constantly on the move.  This may be a contributing factor in the onset of my mental illness at age 12.  Finally diagnosed as schizo-affective disorder, life has been a struggle.  Regardless there have been moments when I have exceled, due to controlled symptoms.  These days I doing the best I ever have.

Robert A. Charlois III, is the name of my imaginary friend that I developed with the onset of my illness, in order to deal with issues surrounding that illness.  He is my alter-ego, the ideal of the person I desire to be.  He, or at least the Charlois part, is the inspiration for the Charlois philosophy.  It is all about becoming the best we were created to be and living an abundant life because of it.

Pastor Yancy, was what I was called while serving as a minister in the United Methodist Church.  I served in various capacities for 26 years ending my career in 2015 after serving as Pastor for a 3-church charge in North Central Kentucky.  The persona has carried over.

The Authors, is the designation I use when speaking of things that are a result of the interactions I’ve had with others.  I am fully aware that most of my thoughts are not new and usually come from a distillation of the thinking of many throughout the course of history.  I desire to give credit where I can but when that’s not possible, “The Authors,” is a generic term I use to denote its lack of originality.

It is my hope that this information serves as a springboard into getting to know more about the personalities behind Charloisphilosophy.  May your journey be blessed.

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It is our desire that this site, and the philosophy it represents, only serves to improve the quality of life for those that interact with it.  Surf, ponder, and enjoy your journey while you are with us.

 The Charlois Life

Greetings.  The other day, Tuesday, June 11th was my Birthday.  As much as I wanted to make it really special, I couldn’t even muster the energy to get out of bed.  It seems like every time I think I’m making progress I have a set back. The last time I posted, I said I was […]
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The Charlois Life

It is 11:30 pm on Tuesday night, and as promised I’m writing today’s installment of The Charlois Life.  The last time I posted was May 23rd, so it has been a while.  Hopefully this is the start of a more consistent endeavor. I am finally my old self; actually, I’m the new improved version.  I […]
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 The Charlois Life

I think it’s time.  Time to admit I need help getting out of this situation.  As I weigh my options, I can tell some of the steps I’m taking are helping, but not enough.  Therefore, I’m planning on talking with my psychiatrist on Wednesday.  We’ll discuss whether it might be time for a medication adjustment.  […]
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Charlois Foundations

One of the foundational beliefs of Charlois is the interconnectedness of all things.  However, that does not preclude the idea of us all having individual identities.  That means we all have our own way of doing things, and believing in our own way.  That includes how we relate to God and the universe.  That is […]
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A Charlois Pastoral Reflection

“… I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these …” John 14:12 NRSV Over the past year or so I have been doing a lot of reading about how to take control and live a life you’ll […]
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A Charlois Book Review

The last time we spoke I was talking about being a well-read person.  I spoke of Clifton Fadimon’s “Lifetime Reading Plan,” and Britannica’s “Great Books,” as well as references to websites of lists to read.  Today I want to touch on my personal reading plan for this year and beyond. If you read my posts […]
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