So Much for Sticking to My Goals

Here is a copy of my third post from January 3, 2015, followed by a brief update: I’ve enjoyed the 31 day Write and Run Challenge so far, particularly the writing aspect (although it’s only day 3!). I’ve often thought about starting a daily blog. I’ve always enjoyed reading Seth Godin’s blog,  impressed with the … Continue reading So Much for Sticking to My Goals

Thank You, Again…

As I noted in yesterday's post, now that I have hit my goal of surpassing Cal Ripken's consecutive streak, I plan to start sharing some of my older posts. Since there's no time like the present, I thought I would start doing so today, by sharing my very first post. I was motivated to begin … Continue reading Thank You, Again…

Go Ahead! Pursue That Goal! Take That Risk!

This post has two objectives. One is to get a lot of likes. The other is to not waste your time. According to a new international marketing study, researchers have concluded that adding dogs or cats to promotional ads makes people more eager to pursue a goal or product. They were also more willing to … Continue reading Go Ahead! Pursue That Goal! Take That Risk!

Choose Your Own Adventure: Volume 2

I remember when our oldest son was around 10 years old how much he enjoyed the Choose Your Own adventures series of books. Here’s a description from Wikipedia: Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books is a series of children’s gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure: Volume 2

I Want This Technology for My Blog

I was scrolling through my phone this morning and I came across this short story about Twitter and its stock performance yesterday (Thursday): Shares of Twitter Inc. slid 5.56% to $34.48 Thursday, on what proved to be an all-around rough trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index falling 2.44% to 4,477.44 … Continue reading I Want This Technology for My Blog

Windsor Horne Lockwood III: If His Name Is Not Pretentious Enough, Perhaps His Vocabulary Is

If you are a fan of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series, you will recognize the name Windsor Horne Lockwood III, affectionately known as Win. Here is how Win is described in the series, courtesy of Wikipedia: Win's hair is described as blond, perfect length, parted on the right side. His features are classical patrician, almost … Continue reading Windsor Horne Lockwood III: If His Name Is Not Pretentious Enough, Perhaps His Vocabulary Is

Thank You Notes: Just Do It

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to trying to craft the perfect thank you note? If so, Dan Ariely has some solid advice for you in the email exchange below. Dear Dan, I know I should probably write thank-you notes for the holiday gifts I received, but I’m bad at composing them. I end … Continue reading Thank You Notes: Just Do It

Where’s My Joie de vivre?

Joie de vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life, an exultation of spirit. It "can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung. Robert's Dictionnaire says "joie" … Continue reading Where’s My Joie de vivre?

Jerry Seinfeld on How to Get a Little Bit Better Every Day

In my opinion, Jerry Seinfeld is one of the greatest comedians of the past 50 years. And while I enjoy his sense of humor, I also like the commitment he seems to show to his craft and his willingness to try new outlets for his work. In these ways, he reminds me a lot of … Continue reading Jerry Seinfeld on How to Get a Little Bit Better Every Day

A Tale of Two Halves: My WordPress Stats for 2021

If you're still reading this post, I guess the phrase "My WordPress Stats" wasn't enough to scare you off. So now you're obligated to read the rest... As you can see from the right side of the graph above, the views from the first six months of 2021 were all higher than the last six … Continue reading A Tale of Two Halves: My WordPress Stats for 2021