My Top 5 Books for 2016

I read more than I thought in 2016. Here are the top five books I’ve encountered this year, along with a few more mentions.

Be The Change…

I’m dumbfounded. I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed. My reflections on the 2016 election results.

The Important Opportunity Missed in “Disrupt Aging”

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age by Jo Ann Jenkins Before I step into my concerns I want to be very clear about something: this is an excellent book. The concept of what it means to “age” is rapidly changing. To quote the book: Today most of us […]

I Thought the Internet was Supposed to Make Us Smarter? What Happened?

The internet has been billed as a great equalizer, bringing information and the promise of improved education and knowledge to all. The results so far aren’t quite what we expected.

Veterans Day Thoughts

Veterans day has always made me a little uneasy. It wasn’t until recently that I finally put my finger on it.

It’s the Thought that Counts

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen reports of another celebrity scandal where some high profile individual is losing their business, their connections and basically their reputation because of some words that they’ve used in the past. As I’ve discussed before, we give bad words too much power. Heck, we give mildly offensive words too […]

Teach Your Children Well

(I posted this on Facebook the other day, but wanted to preserve it here as well…) Sometimes I can’t not say something. I’m generally a very positive person, but sometimes various corners of humanity disgust me.

Courage

Words like courage and leadership and inspiration are hard to define and quantify, yet we know each when we see examples around us. Sometimes it seems that as a culture we perhaps use them a little too often and by doing so devalue their use when they’re more truly appropriate.

What Language!

Some years ago I was chastised by a reader for using the word “sucks”, as in “networking sucks”. He took pains to point out that its origins were pornographic …

A 9/11 thought…

The best way to honor those that lost their lives 10 years ago today is not to ruminate on the horrors, but rather perhaps pause briefly & remember … and then move forward; live a full and happy life, and every day be thankful that you are able to do so. I’ll probably avoid most […]

Fighting with Dragon

No, the title is correct, I’m not fighting with dragons I’m fighting with Dragon. Specifically I just had a nightmare scenario with Dragon NaturallySpeaking that I wanted to document. I do want to be clear however that I think Dragon NaturallySpeaking is fantastic technology. Speech recognition dictation is just magical to me. In fact I’m […]

Half Century Mark

50 years ago today, 9 months after a snowstorm hit the greater Victoria, B.C. area (or so I’ve been told), I showed up. It’s been quite the ride, so far. An interesting thing to watch as you age are your beliefs and opinions. Some solidify (into concrete, if my father is any indication), and others […]