Archive for December 2005

Rules Are No Obstacles for Committed People

Steve @ 7 Steve: I’m going to win the spelling contest this year. Mom: Yeah, right. You didn’t even come close last year. You don’t stand a chance. Steve wins first place in the second grade spelling contest and collects a month of double allowance from Mom, who was happy to bet against him. Steve…

Humor Skills

Can humor skills be developed? Yes, absolutely. I’ve had a strong sense of humor since I was a child. I would sometimes get in trouble for making witty commentary in class, causing the room to bust out laughing. In fact, I still do this today in group situations. But this always came to me as…

Is Your Genius at Work?

Is Your Genius at Work? by Dick Richards is a fantastic book about discovering your genius and your purpose and identifying a career that fits well with both. This book was recently provided to me by the publisher, and it’s one of the few unsolicited books I received that I can enthusiastically recommend to others.…

My Wife Won’t Let Me Start My Own Business

I hear this one a lot: I want to start my own business, but my wife won’t let me because she thinks it’s too risky. There are variations using “girlfriend” or “fiancée,” but so far I can’t recall a single instance of a woman telling me her husband/boyfriend wouldn’t let her start a business, not…

Is That the Best You Can Do?

“The good is the enemy of the best” is a common expression in time management. Recently I’ve been coming face-to-face with the realities of this expression. Every day I receive emails with a variety of leads and recommendations — blog posts and online articles to check out, books to read, new online services to examine,…

Pandora Music Service

Pandora is a unique music service I recently stumbled upon. Pandora allows you to enter the name of a single song or artist, and then it generates a custom streaming music channel based around that artist. Pandora references a massive database created by the Music Genome Project to determine the properties of the song or…

Why Not You?

Are you one of those people who notices the problems of the world and says one of the following: Somebody ought to do something about that. Where are the people that are supposed to be handling this? Surely with all the tax dollars being spent, somebody is in charge of fixing this. Why doesn’t somebody…

Microwave-Free for 145 Days

On July 15th after making a post on the Dangers of Microwave Cooking, I decided to try going without a microwave oven for a while to see what it was like.  For the past 145 days, I haven’t eaten any microwaved food at all — not even water. Since reading those first few articles on the subject, I’ve browsed through a…

Vegan Family Favorites

My wife, Erin, has recently released her new cookbook, Vegan Family Favorites: Tasty and Satisfying Recipes Even Your Kids Will Love. It’s an all-vegan cookbook that contains recipes from her own collection and recipes contributed by readers of VegFamily Magazine. This is a real printed book, not an e-book. Here’s a description from the back…