A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

It's one of life's more mundane tasks, stopping at the gas station and filling up our gas tanks. But many times, and today was one of those times, when I complete the task I get back in the car, feeling full myself, full of optimism and excitement. I start to think of all the places … Continue reading A Tank Full of Gas, a World Full of Possibilities

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Let's face it, most of us use our phone way too much, certainly much more than necessary. But trying to cut back on phone usage is difficult. That's why I was excited to see that creating a better relationship with your phone was the topic of this week's Pinkcast. Dan Pink's guest this week was … Continue reading How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

“And Habit Like a Crane”

For whatever reason, the title of this blog, which is a line from a poem I read more than 50 years ago, has always stuck with me. I don't remember any of the context or anything else about the poem, but that image of a crane, going through the same motions over and over without … Continue reading “And Habit Like a Crane”

Music Monday: Whisperin’ Bill Anderson

I don't claim to know much about country music, but there are some country songs that I would rank among my favorites - On the Road Again, Islands in the Stream, and Good Hearted Woman, to name just a few. But thanks to a blog I recently started to follow, Coti Howell at Nashville Noise, … Continue reading Music Monday: Whisperin’ Bill Anderson

Beer and Clowns Don’t Mix Well

It's an odd story, but as a proud member of a group that is often ridiculed for no apparent reason, one that I can relate to. Not all the details are in, but apparently a clown is responsible for a huge brawl that broke out on a cruise ship. Here's an excerpt from today's New … Continue reading Beer and Clowns Don’t Mix Well

The Spotlight Effect (also known as “no one is paying attention to you”)

I still remember it from 40 years ago. A bunch of guys in our dorm had t-shirts made that said in big letters "Disco Sucks", and we all decided to wear them around campus the same day. I can recall before even going into my first classroom that day and my face was already bright … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect (also known as “no one is paying attention to you”)

You Must Read This Blog Post Within the Next 15 Minutes

It's not because there is anything earth-shattering in the paragraphs that follow. It's not because something might happen to you if you don't. And it's not because I'm trying to trick you into reading it. Well, maybe that last statement is not quite true. But blame Dan Ariely, not me. One of the letters Dan … Continue reading You Must Read This Blog Post Within the Next 15 Minutes

Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit

I can't imagine what it must have been like. Sentenced to life in jail for a crime you didn't commit. At what point do you just give up, and accept the fact that you are going to spend the rest of your life in jail? Or do you keep fighting, like Chester Hollman III did, … Continue reading Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit

A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

I started this blog on January 1, 2015 (here's that first post), and haven't missed a day since. The original intent was to see if I was up to the challenge of posting every day for 31 days. When I got to 31 days I said to myself why not try for 50 days, which … Continue reading A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

The Wall Street Journal recently had a story about how more and more companies are using software to monitor its workers' habits. ActivTrak software can track "every little thing that happens on the computer from the time it’s fired up.". If you're on ESPN for five minutes it knows. It knows how much time you … Continue reading Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.