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I’ve changed my mind

on Sep 13, 2014

OK so I went on a date. I was actually walking out the door to go and had second thoughts, so I came back to my office and called him to say I had changed my mind. I had just spoken with him, so I...

It’s not that hard….

on Aug 24, 2014

It’s not that hard to be decent. It’s hard to be a superstar. It’s hard to even be just plain old awesome.  But it’s actually very easy to be a decent human being. Basic...

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

on Jul 14, 2014

It’s OK to be an introvert. In fact, it’s desirable. I grew up in a generation, time, and place in which it wasn’t cool to be introverted. In fact, any research on...

What I learned from watching ‘Jobs’ — the Steve Jobs story

on Jun 27, 2014

I watched Jobs a few months ago and I jotted down notes during the movie, but haven’t had time to put them onto my blog yet. I put on my Franklin Covey planner last month to do it on 7/27/14,...

Liberal America has parted ways with Kyle. Here’s why.

on Jun 26, 2014

Our long-time meme artist, Kyle, and Liberal America have parted ways. These things occurred during his last week with us. It was all just too much, and the last was the final straw.  ...

14 FREE brilliant pieces of literature you can read in an hour

on Jun 6, 2014

14 FREE brilliant pieces of literature you can read in an hour I stumbled across this on the web and wow! Let’s get busy, y’all. I think I’ll put all these on my summer reading...

The Speed of Language (Infographic)

on Jun 1, 2014

I found this at Visual.ly. They’re awesome, BTW. You can actually make your own amazing infographics like this there. Just remember this: some languages, according to this research, do move...

In support of naps…yeah NAPS, haters. I like naps.

on Jun 1, 2014

From NASA: June 3, 2005: Space travel is sleepless work. Despite NASA recommendations that astronauts sleep 8 hours a day, they usually don’t. Strange sights and sounds, the stress of riding a...

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – AMAZING LIST

on May 26, 2014

  I’m really trying to write some fiction. So far, I’ve done these things in my efforts to get started: nothing Fact: I don’t even know if I can still write fiction....

What I’m reading: Kate Morton and ramblings

on May 25, 2014

I just finished reading Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton. This story and its characters won’t soon leave me. I stumbled upon Kate Norton when I searched Good Reads for “books...

So what do you do for fun…..?

on May 7, 2014

What are those questions that stop you in your tracks? The ONE that gets me every single time is the innocent “what do you do for fun?” question from well-meaning people whose lives...

An update on my bookshelf project

on May 3, 2014

As a reminder, the photo of the rustic shed is a stockpile of old wood we have in the pasture. Much of it is rotting, but I don’t mind digging for the good pieces. A month or so ago, I went...

The way these parents keep imagination alive is incredible

on May 2, 2014

I guess all parents have regrets. One thing I regret is that I’m not a whole lot of FUN when it comes to little kid stuff. Like this, for example. I’d never have thought of this. This is...

13 of the coolest business cards you’ve ever seen

on May 2, 2014

OK it’s been my experience, in working a zillion trade shows, that paying the price for cool giveaways (like these plunger business cards) generally doesn’t pay off. But it sure leaves...

For each ecstatic instant…

on Apr 28, 2014

Shared with us by my friend Thomas tonight. Love this. For each ecstatic instant We must an anguish pay In keen and quivering ratio To the ecstasy. For each beloved hour Sharp pittances of years,...

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

on Apr 27, 2014

I’m going to be testing out the “Snowflake Method” of writing a novel. From eHow: The snowflake method of writing a novel is a scientific approach to writing a book that was...

50 Sophisticated Words You Should Start Using Instead

on Apr 27, 2014

OnlineCollege.org compiled this supreme (wink wink) list of words that you could/should be using instead of cheap imitations. I happen to like words like “epic” and “fail,”...

The Best Underrated Books List Anywhere!

on Apr 26, 2014

I posted earlier about Hidden Gems, a site that aggregates books and movie info. Here is a page with The Best Underrated Books List Anywhere. I intend to check some of these out....

Free books that are in the public domain

on Apr 26, 2014

I found this resource page with the headline “Your Hidden Gems Free Kindle Books.” The books appear to be downloadable, so not sure if they’re Kindle books or not, really. But...

The 7 laws of attraction

on Apr 25, 2014

I’m not really very into New Age stuff, but much on this list is common sense. 1) The Law of Manifestation: Consciousness is always a choice. It’s the choice to bring your awareness to...

‘God’s in his heaven — All’s right with the world!

on Apr 25, 2014

This is a piece of verse that I have used much in my life. It’s from Robert Browning’s Pippa Passes, published in 1841 — it’s a very small passage of a larger work....

A 5-Minute Guide to Fonts and Typefaces

on Apr 24, 2014

  This is awesome. I found it at The Muse. It shows all that the average person needs to know about fonts and typefaces....

Some years are better than others

on Mar 31, 2014

It’s March 31st again. Some years are better than others, but no March 31st is ever without pain. He died on March 31st in 1991. It also happened to be Easter Sunday, so we usually have two of...

The evolution of the species

on Mar 17, 2014

I recently shared a personal story that I’ve not shared with anyone before. A few of my closest friends and family knew that I had experienced some abuse in my last relationship, but it took...

My beloved Black feral cat is gone

on Mar 10, 2014

“Never love a wild thing.” (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) It’s a myth. I loved a wild thing and she loved me back. Now, she never cuddled and she never really became less wild,...

The on/off switch

on Dec 11, 2013

<rant> Not a rant, REALLY, I guess…just a musing. This is really impossible to explain to some people, but some of us don’t just work certain hours and go home and are...

Infographic Shows How To Hide From The NSA Online (HUMOR)

on Sep 22, 2013

There have been a few events in U.S. history that have united most Americans — on both sides of the political spectrum. One such recent event is the cringe-worthy (and worse) NSA (National...

6 Ways To Make Sure Your Life Is Awesome – By Neil Gaiman

on May 25, 2013

I love Neil’s work. It’s magical. I listened to Stardust on audio-book while making a long commute. I think it took about a week. It was a week of wonder. I didn’t know that he...

Donate To The Prom Fund For The Georgia Kids Who Are Fighting Segration

on Apr 4, 2013

Here is a link to donate to the Georgia kids who are fighting segregation in their town. Yes, really, they’re fighting segregation. Wow. Let’s help them get a few hundred bucks so they...

Lawmaker Returns Salary In Sequestration Solidarity

on Apr 4, 2013

Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced Wednesday that she is returning 8.4 percent of her salary in a symbolic show of support for the federal employees in her district who are...