Category Archives: Reading

Don’s Kindle: June 2010-February 2017

Don’s Kindle passed away on February 11, 2017 after accidentally falling from a countertop. He was a trusted friend and advisor, best known for telling stories on personal development, decision making, business, economics, managing finances, and of course A Song of Ice and Fire. He was a reliable friend always at Don’s side be it trains, planes, or automobiles. He was known for his helpful nature allowing Don to read with one hand. He is survived by his father, Don, his siblings iPad and iPhone Kindle apps, and his child Kindle Paperwhite. Private services will be held later this month.

OK, in all seriousness, my Kindle was a workhorse for 7 years. Continue reading Don’s Kindle: June 2010-February 2017


Goals for 2017

2016 didn’t go as planned for me. I make a list of goals every January to keep focused and grounded throughout the year. The 2016 goals got thrown out the window before the end of January. It wasn’t because I lacked the resolve to carry through; it was because many of the goals just weren’t applicable after I lost my job. My designated theme to simplify in 2016 didn’t seem to matter anymore. My focus shifted from simplifying to surviving.

It’s frustrating when things don’t go to plan. Continue reading Goals for 2017


Getting Attention without Click-Bait

Bad ScienceHave you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Apparently Forbes thinks so. It wrote an article about the dangers of sitting in 2015. When I saw the headline I rolled my eyes so hard you might have heard me.

I was reminded of that article this week when I watched John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on Scientific Studies. The video is a snappier, funnier version of Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre. The book is still worth reading, but if you don’t have the time I’ve included my highlights below.

Bad science, click-bait headlines drive me up a wall. Continue reading Getting Attention without Click-Bait


Selling Without Selling: The Case for Trusting My Own Process

Used Car SalesmanHow do you ‘sell’ somebody? I have no idea, which is why I’m asking.

I don’t consider myself a salesman. When I think of selling an image of a sleazy used car salesman jumps to into my mind.

While I don’t consider myself a salesman, my sister Mary told me that I am very convincing… Continue reading Selling Without Selling: The Case for Trusting My Own Process


Colin Powell Told Me to Take a Cold Shower: How to Build Mental Fortitude

How do you make a radish rose?
How do you make a radish rose?

Do you take hot showers? You’re probably thinking why even ask this question? Of course the answer is yes. Only sickos would take cold showers unless absolutely necessary.

I’ve enjoyed hot showers for most of my life. My process is simple. I never needed to take lessons on the proper way to shower like Cosmo Kramer. It goes like this: Continue reading Colin Powell Told Me to Take a Cold Shower: How to Build Mental Fortitude