Making Art

As an English major in college I did a lot of writing, but I found it difficult to sit in a room, alone, and write. The blank page was just too much. I found that the ideas flowed better when I found a comfortable seat in a busy public place. I needed the stimulation. If [...]

By |2018-07-18T09:28:37+00:00July 18th, 2018|Art, Blog, Books, Creativity, Personal Development|Comments Off on Making Art

We’ve Got Just the Thing for That

Miss Karen and I visited the Morgan Museum to see Drawn to Greatness, Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection. The exhibit had sketches from some great masters, but the work that intrigued me most was this one: It is called Fantastic Castle at Twilight. The artist, I was surprised to find, is Victor Hugo, author [...]

By |2018-01-26T11:49:14+00:00January 26th, 2018|Art, Books, Creativity, Humor|Comments Off on We’ve Got Just the Thing for That

A Dread Disease

I have an affliction. It is incurable. It was first identified by The Buddha, who called it Kapicitta. Today we call it monkey mind. The incessant chattering of internal monologue. Monkey Mind sufferers are easy to spot. They can't sit still. They can't finish a task. They walk into rooms and forget why they went there [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:58:01+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Books, Health & Wellness, Humor, Personal Development, Productivity, Social Media, Stress|Comments Off on A Dread Disease

Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Where is the modern Algonquin Round Table where artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines come together to discuss big ideas? Where are the coffeehouses of Vienna where the likes of Jung, Freud, Zweig, Klimt, Loos and Adler would get together and toss about some bon mots? Where are the non-fiction Central Perk, Cheers or [...]

By |2017-10-23T09:53:44+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Art, Books, Business, Change, Communication, Creativity, Future, History, Hotel, Humor, Marketing, Social Media, Technology, Travel, Trends|Comments Off on Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Get Uncomfortable

I have done some reading lately by and about a Dutchman named Wim Hof. For years Hof, using himself as a guinea pig, has done experiments on the limits of human endurance (okay, some of them were stunts), specifically resistance to cold. Hof discovered that exposure to cold increases the number of brown fat cells, [...]

By |2017-09-08T10:38:13+00:00September 8th, 2017|Attitude, Books, Change, Charity, Creativity, Education, Grit, Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Stress|Comments Off on Get Uncomfortable

Path Dependence

Path Dependence is a fancy way of saying, "We have always done it this way." It is defined by the Business Dictionary as, "Tendency of a past or traditional practice or preference to continue even if better alternatives are available." Examples of Path Dependence include the QWERTY keyboard, Microsoft Word (if you are going to [...]

By |2017-08-30T09:44:45+00:00August 30th, 2017|Books, History, Jargon, Real Estate, The Human Condition|Comments Off on Path Dependence

There Is Nothing Like the Classics

Today they call it anxiety. They used to call it worry. It is the same thing, running a problem through your mind over and over, with no solution or resolution. I suffer from worry occasionally, and when I catch myself (I have no idea why it takes so long), I re-read Dale Carnegie's How to [...]

By |2017-07-15T09:08:27+00:00July 15th, 2017|Books, Business, Gratitude, Personal Development, Small Business, Stress|Comments Off on There Is Nothing Like the Classics

Morning Is Too Precious

My mom never let us watch television in the morning when we were growing up. At the time it probably had to do more with getting us out the door on time than anything else, but as always, there was wisdom behind my mother's many rules. In the past few months, sucked into politics like [...]

By |2017-07-03T09:07:50+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Blog, Books, Creativity, News, Personal Development, Skills, Social Media, Success|Comments Off on Morning Is Too Precious

Question Your Way to Success

I am on the Superprimo plan on Audible, so I am always pleasantly surprised that I some credits for "free" audio books waiting for me when I log in. On a lark, I downloaded The Magic Question: How To Get What You Want in Half the Time by Bart A. Baggett. The concept of affirmation has [...]

By |2016-01-14T14:43:11+00:00January 14th, 2016|Books, Business, Creativity, Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Skills, Success|Comments Off on Question Your Way to Success
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